Intramural Research Program

Acting Scientific Director: Kelvin Choi, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The goals of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at NIMHD are to conduct collaborative, transdisciplinary, high-risk and high-impact minority health and health disparities research. Additionally, we work to build and sustain a diverse biomedical research workforce to conduct this research. Our investigators seek to understand the complex mechanisms that contribute to health disparities, develop multi-level socio-behavioral interventions to reduce these disparities, and promote the health and well-being of minority and health disparity populations. The DIR collaborates with intramural and extramural researchers to promote and increase minority health and health disparities research and diversify the biomedical research workforce.

Mission Statement

Innovators in population, community, social-behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic and genomic sciences to improve health equity and the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

Vulnerable populations refer to racial and ethnic minority groups as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, along with persons of less privileged socioeconomic status, underserved rural residents, sexual and gender minorities, and persons with poor health due to social disadvantage.

Core Values – SABER (To Know): Pursuing Knowledge for Health Equity

  • Solution-driven
  • Action-oriented
  • Boldness
  • Equity
  • Respect

Research Programs

NIMHD Adjunct Faculty

The NIMHD adjunct professor program aims to increase NIH-wide health disparities research and promote biomedical research workforce diversity. Learn more and meet NIMHD’s adjunct faculty.

Intramural Research Training

NIMHD participates actively in NIH intramural research training programs, supporting the next generation of researchers, diversifying the biomedical research workforce and building capacity to conduct cutting-edge transdisciplinary research. Learn more about NIMHD intramural research training opportunities.

Health Disparities Interest Group

The Health Disparities Interest Group (HDIG) fosters idea exchange to advance biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and population sciences that reduce and eliminate health disparities. Learn more and access upcoming and archived HDIG seminars.

Page updated June 28, 2023