Press Releases

  • NIH research projects on interoception to improve understanding of brain-body function

    September 3, 2021

    The National Institutes of Health is awarding seven projects a total of $18.15 million over five years for a new effort focused on interoception—the ways in which organisms sense and regulate signals within their bodies. Interoception is not well understood and is a new area of research focus for NIH. This coordinated effort, which involves multiple NIH Institutes and Centers, will address critical knowledge gaps and challenges in understanding interoception that are not tackled by other major NIH research initiatives.

  • NIH networks to advance emotional well-being research

    February 1, 2021

    Five new research networks totaling $3.13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being. 

  • Study discovers gene that helps us know when it’s time to urinate

    October 19, 2020

    In a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day. The results, published in Nature, suggest that the gene helps at least two different types of cells in the body sense when our bladders are full and need to be emptied. These results also expand the growing list of newly discovered senses under the gene’s control.

  • Four New Members Join NCCIH National Advisory Council

    September 25, 2020

    The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, announces selection of four new members of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health: Robert Coghill, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Margaret (Meg) Haney, Ph.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D., New York University Grossman School of Medicine; and Karen Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.