The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is to support research into the causes, treatments, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

NIAMS staff

Interest in Diversity

NIAMS participates in opportunities which are intended to enhance the diversity of the extramural biomedical research workforce by supporting the research or training of individuals from population groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. Such populations include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, women at senior faculty levels, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Director's Statement
Robert H. Carter, MD
Robert H. Carter, MD
Acting Director's Statement
NIAMS is committed to promoting diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences workforce because it is important to have a workforce that better resembles the population that it serves. For example, many forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases disproportionately affect Americans from the same populations that have been identified as underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. Individuals from these backgrounds have talents and insights that can be applied to the challenging research questions within the NIAMS mission. NIAMS leadership will continue to work closely with NIH as it supports talented and creative scientists, and potential scientists from all walks of life.