Welcome to my blog. I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant about starting it. Not that I’ve ever been accused of being the quiet, shy type! It was more being concerned about having enough material to write the types of commentaries and discussions that would generate a following and be most beneficial to you our partners, grantees, PIs and trainees. But, then it hit me. There is so much to discuss. So, here I am blogging!
I will make this blog as interesting and current as possible, helping you understand the NIH perspective, describing key events and policies, responding to concerns we are hearing from the extramural community, and allowing you to comment. My hope is that by broadening the avenues of communication to include a blog, I can enhance the dialog with the entirety of the research community. As you know, at NIH we make continual adjustments in response to the needs of the community, congress and others. These changes affect all of us—whether we are scientists, administrators, policy makers or the public—and I want to be talking about them with you as they happen.
Along with my blog posts, the NIH Extramural Nexus contains news and updates on extramural grant policies, processes, events and resources. We will be posting articles throughout the month to get the information out to you when you need it. If you are receiving this post via e-mail, each month you will receive a digest of news and articles posted the previous month. To receive information in a more timely way, subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
Finally, I’d like to mention that I am extraordinarily proud to be a public servant working for the biomedical research community and the NIH. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful group of people to work with, and I’m excited to be part of this organization’s extraordinary mission to improve the lives of people everywhere. Talk to you soon!