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Welcome from the Director

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is pleased to share our new five-year Strategic Plan for 2012-2016. The Plan is designed to help the NIDCD prioritize its research funding by identifying areas of outstanding promise, as well as identifying knowledge gaps. By funding research in these areas, NIDCD aims to improve the quality of life for people with communication disorders.

Looking forward, the NIDCD anticipates unprecedented scientific opportunities. We are already using recent advances in science and technology to discover how changes to the molecular, cellular, and systemic pathways can cause communication disorders. The NIDCD hopes to build on these advances by supporting research that will lead to better ways to identify those who are at risk for developing certain communication disorders, with a goal of preventing a disorder from occurring or at least lessening its effects. The NIDCD also continues to support research to develop better treatments for people with communication disorders.

These unprecedented research opportunities are coupled with the challenge of using our best scientific judgment to make difficult choices about which areas of research to pursue. The priority areas in this Strategic Plan have been identified through discussions among outside experts in each of the Institute’s mission areas, along with input from NIDCD staff members, the National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council, representatives of the research and advocacy communities, and members of the public.

We thank you for your interest in the NIDCD’s scientific research. For more information, please visit the NIDCD website at www.nidcd.nih.gov.

Sincerely,
James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders