About the Office of Intramural Research (OIR)

National Institutes of Health


OIR Office Staff
Policy Development and Communication


Michael M. Gottesman, M.D.
Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR)

Richard G. Wyatt, M.D.
Executive Director

Arlyn Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Joan P. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Charles Dearolf, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Roland Owens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Larry Chloupek
Management Liaison Director

Jacqueline Roberts
Program Specialist

Dierdre Andrews
Program Specialist

Chanee Jackson
Program Support Assistant

Craig Woodside
Program Support Assistant

Christopher Wanjek
Director of Communications

Managing Editor,
The NIH Catalyst

Scientific Communications Coordinator
Nadine Fonrose
Director of Operations
Paula Butler
Administrative Officer


The Office of Intramural Research (OIR) is responsible for oversight and coordination of intramural research, training, and technology transfer conducted within the laboratories and clinics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH's intramural facilities are located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD, as well as in Research Triangle Park, NC Skip past Off-campus sites(NIEHS); Baltimore, MD (NIDA, NIA, and NHGRI); Frederick, MD (NCI); Hamilton, MT (NIAID); and Phoenix, AZ (NIDDK). Organizationally, the individual laboratories and sections answer to the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH which conduct applied and basic biomedical research in particular disease or subject areas. OIR's responsibility is to develop and implement NIH-wide projects, policies, standards, and review for Intramural research, training, and technology transfer.

In addition to the immediate staff of the Office of Intramural Research, OIR is comprised of:

Policy Development and Communication

NIH's Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR), Michael M. Gottesman, M.D., heads the OIR. The work of the office is developed and carried out in conjunction with the Scientific Directors of NIH's Institutes and Centers. The Board of Scientific Directors meets twice monthly with the DDIR, September through June, and monthly in July and August. Policy decisions and changes are documented in the Board's minutes.

New policy developments are highlighted in two publications of the OIR:
The NIH Catalyst, a bimonthly newsletter for and about the Intramural Research Program, and the DDIR's Bulletin Board, an electronic newsletter published approximately biweekly. The DDIR's Bulletin Board is available to intramural staff on NIH's web site or by Listserv subscription. To subscribe, send an email message to Listserv@list.nih.gov. The body of your message should read: subscribe DDIRBB-L firstname lastname.

Key NIH policies are found in the
NIH Manual Chapters. OIR provides a summary of policies governing intramural research in the Intramural Research Sourcebook. This includes the Guidelines for the Conduct of Research, the NIH Intramural Tenure-Track, Processes for Resolution of Conflicts, A Guide to Training and Mentoring in the Intramural Research Program at NIH, A Guide to the Handling of Scientific Misconduct Allegations in the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, and other documents.

April 10, 2008


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