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NIH CREATES NEW OFFICE of EMERGENCY CARE RESEARCH

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a new Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR). The OECR will focus on improving health outcomes of patients who require emergency care and will serve to coordinate advanced emergency care research across the NIH. OECR is housed in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the NIH.

OECR is overseen by a steering committee, which includes directors of the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The committee is chaired by the NIGMS director.

Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, deputy director of the NINDS, is serving as acting director of OECR while the search for a permanent director is being conducted. He is being assisted by Alice M. Mascette, MD, senior clinical science advisor in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences of the NHLBI. Although the OECR will not provide grant funding, the Office will support innovation and improvement in emergency care and in the training of future researchers in this field by: coordinating funding opportunities that involve multiple NIH institutes and centers; working closely with the NIH Emergency Care Research Working Group, which includes representatives from most NIH institutes and centers; organizing scientific meetings to identify new research and training opportunities in the emergency setting; catalyzing the development of new funding opportunities; informing investigators about funding opportunities in their areas of interest; fostering career development for trainees in emergency care research, and representing NIH in government-wide efforts to improve the nation’s emergency care system.

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