National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Office of the Director
Bethesda, MD 20892

Dear Colleague:

This year I am spearheading a new  five-year strategic planning process at NINDS. The goal is to tune our practices and policies to our vision and mission, in order to better serve and anticipate the needs of the research and patient communities and the public. The timing, I believe, is exactly right. The recent decade has brought many exciting developments for our community, of which we must now take stock to identify the priorities that require our continued focus and investment in the coming years.  

And it is vital that we hear your thoughts as part of this process.

As a  first step, I am inviting you to contribute your perspective to our Request for Information (RFI: via the webform ( Input from the public and stakeholder organizations at this early stage will be an invaluable resource to help us determine the direction of this strategic plan as it unfolds over the coming year.

Please note that I encourage stakeholder organizations to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization and its membership as a whole.

Finally, I hope you will also accept any future invitations NINDS may extend to contribute additional comments at later stages of this planning process. 

I greatly appreciate your time and consideration in this worthwhile effort.


Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD
Deputy Director, NINDS