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OBSSR Launches History Timeline Online

The graphic features screenshots of the history timeline along with text that reads "Join us in recognizing the important role that behavioral and social sciences play in the health of the nation"

Behavioral and social sciences were part of NIH’s mission long before the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) was established. But OBSSR, during the past 26 years, has been instrumental in accelerating the behavioral and social sciences relevant to health, coordinating these sciences within the NIH research enterprise and increasing integration of these sciences at NIH. 

Last year, to help commemorate its 25th anniversary, OBSSR developed a historical record of key events, accomplishments and leadership. An online resource, “Commemorating 25 Years of the OBSSR: A History in Milestones,” recently launched to share the record. Viewers can click through OBSSR history according to such event categories as Directors, Training and Research, and by decade. 

Soon, OBSSR will add recent accomplishments and activities such as work in firearms violence prevention, Covid-19 impacts and behavioral ontologies. Visit the timeline at

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