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About OSP

Director: Patricia Jones, DrPH, MPH, MS

Scientific research on understanding and reducing health disparities and inequities is essential.  NIA continues to play a crucial role in supporting research that establishes the science base to advance knowledge in redressing differences and inequities. The Office of Special Populations, within the Office of the Director, works across NIA Divisions and the Intramural Research Program to support and strengthen our mission in understanding and redressing health disparities for older women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in aging research. In partnership with NIA Divisions and NIH Offices, the Office of Special Populations administers an array of programs and activities, including the prestigious Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the Summer Institute on Aging Research) and annual Technical Assistance Workshops dedicated to introducing new investigators to the grants process.