Francis Collins, MD/PhD – NIH Director

Director, National Institutes of Health

As NIH Director, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.

Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

The Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN) serves as part of the internal deliberative process of the National Science and Technology Councils (NSTC) Committee on Science. Co-Chairs are Robert Finkelstein and Amber Story.

The IWGN is charged to “coordinate activities in neuroscience research across the Federal government. The IWGN is a part of a wider White House Neuroscience Initiative that promotes partnerships with the private sector to advance neuroscience research and its impact.

France A. Córdova, PhD – NSF Director

Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

France A. Córdova, was sworn in as director of NSF on March 31, 2014. Córdova leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. NSF's programs and initiatives keep the United States at the forefront of science and engineering, empower future generations of scientists and engineers, and foster U.S. prosperity and global leadership.

Jo Handelsman, PhD – OSTP Associate Director for Science

Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

Dr. Handelsman helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the Nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy, and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research. Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was an HHMI Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

Robert Finkelstein, Ph.D – NINDS

Director, NINDS/NIH Division of Extramural Research
Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

Dr. Robert Finkelstein has been the Director of the NINDS Division of Extramural Research since November 2004. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning and policy, coordinating scientific programs funded by the Institute, and overseeing the scientific review, grants management, and administrative services of the extramural program.

Amber Story, PhD – NSF

Acting Division Director of the Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation
Co-Chair Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience
Former Ex Officio Member of Multi-Council Working Group

The Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences supports research in psychology, anthropology, linguistics, geography, and related fields. Dr. Story received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Cornell University and held several academic positions before joining NSF.

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