|“To be stewards of a biological research
enterprise that affects the health of millions of Americans
is a tremendous responsibility.” —
Dr. Stephen I. Katz, director, NIAMS
Virtually every household in America is affected in some way
by diseases of the bones, joints, muscles and skin — diseases
that are the mission areas of the National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
As NIAMS observes its 20th anniversary, we celebrate many research
advances that have led to
a greater understanding of these diseases and, in many cases, improved
quality of life for the millions of Americans affected by them.
As director of the institute, I am proud to have had a part in
these advances. Yet there is still much work to be done — research
that will both further our understanding of these diseases and
translate this knowledge into better therapies for those affected
now and preventive measures for those at risk.
During this anniversary year, we'd like for you to get to know
us better. Over the coming months, you'll be reading brief vignettes
on these pages about some of the advances we've made, the avenues
we're pursuing and some of the people and partnerships that are
making all of this possible now and as we enter our third decade.
We look forward to sharing the many facets and voices of NIAMS