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David Murray, Phd

David M. Murray, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Prevention
Director, Office of Disease Prevention

Biography and Publications

What's New

Spotlight on 2019

January 2020

We are excited to share our Spotlight on 2019 report highlighting a few of the ODP's accomplishments last year. The report summarizes key projects related to each of the ODP’s six strategic priorities and outlines how they impact public health.


ODP Study Suggests the U.S. Could Benefit from More Prevention Research on Leading Risk Factors and Causes of Death and Disability

November 2019

A new paper from the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) reports that the level of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for prevention research on the leading risk factors and causes of death and disability in the United States falls well below their burden on the nation's health.

Q&A: ODP’s Helen Meissner Discusses the FDA’s New Cigarette Warning Labels and Tobacco Regulatory Science

September 2019

On August 15 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed new rule to require color graphic health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements. Helen Meissner, Ph.D., Sc.M. discusses the research behind the proposed new graphic health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements.

A Conversation with the 2019 ODP Early-Stage Investigator Lecture Awardees

May 2019

On March 27, 2019, Drs. Valerie Earnshaw and Siobhan Phillips came to the NIH to present their work. We sat down with them for a conversation about how they arrived in their areas of research and what advice they have for graduate students and fellows looking to follow similar paths.

Updating the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

February 2019

Physical activity is one of the best ways to improve health, no matter your age; however, evidence shows that Americans aren’t getting enough of it. According to federal monitoring data, only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet the guidelines for physical activity.


New Papers from the ODP: Characterizing the NIH Prevention Research Portfolio Using a Novel Machine Learning Approach

November 2018

This is a guest message from Sheri D. Schully, Ph.D. Dr. Schully leads the ODP team that analyzes and monitors NIH investments in prevention research, including developing new methods and tools for characterizing NIH research. In October 2018, Dr. Schully and her team published two papers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about the ODP’s analysis of the NIH prevention research portfolio.

Introducing the ODP’s New Strategic Plan – Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future

October 2018

I am pleased to present the ODP Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019–2023, Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future. This plan outlines how our efforts will help shape the landscape of prevention research over the next 5 years and presents the priorities for the Office.

Special Update: The All of Us Research Program National Launch

May 2018

The All of Us Research Program, which began national enrollment on May 6, is a historic effort to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United States to advance individualized prevention, treatment, and care for people of all backgrounds. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is expected to be the largest and most diverse longitudinal health research program ever developed.


Strategic Priority IV Update

October 2017

Strategic Priority IV aims to promote collaboration in prevention research across the NIH and with government and private partners. The goal is to identify and share best practices and models in collaboration, build support infrastructure, and coordinate funding opportunities.

Strategic Priority III Update

July 2017

The goal of Strategic Priority III is to promote the best available methods in prevention research. Over the past year, the ODP has continued to work toward improving the quality of prevention research methods by updating and expanding its prevention science tools and training opportunities.

Strategic Priority II Update

May 2017

Identifying research gaps can lead to new research that ultimately improves the public health. With Strategic Priority II, the ODP identifies prevention research areas for investment or further expansion by the NIH.

Strategic Priority I Update

March 2017

The Office of Disease Prevention’s (ODP) Strategic Priority I focuses on the development of new tools to characterize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) prevention research portfolio.


2016 Annual Review

December 2016

The mid-course of the ODP Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014–2018 offers the opportunity to highlight accomplishments for the six priority areas in 2016 and provide an update on the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP).

Strategic Priority VI Update

October 2016

The ODP is leveraging its website and other digital communication tools to increase the visibility of and foster work on prevention research at the NIH and across the country.

Strategic Priority V Update

August 2016

The ODP has collaborated with multiple partners to fund research and training opportunities, initiate first steps in a trans-NIH dissemination and implementation (D&I) portfolio analysis, and provide information and tools to support investigators, public health professionals, and other stakeholders.

FDA Deeming Rule

June 2016

On May 5, 2016, the FDA issued its final deeming rule to extend its authorities to all categories of products that meet the statutory definition of "tobacco product" in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, except accessories of such newly deemed tobacco products.

Strategic Priority IV Update

April 2016

Strategic Priority IV aims to encourage collaboration among NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and their government and private partners engaged in prevention research to identify and share best collaborative practices and models, build support infrastructure, and coordinate funding opportunities.

Strategic Priority III Update

February 2016

To enhance the quality of prevention research at the NIH, the ODP is working to promote the use of the best available methods in prevention research and support the development of prevention science tools.

2015 Annual Review

January 2016

As the ODP enters the third year of its Strategic Plan, progress has been made with the six strategic priorities and the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP).

Last updated on December 02, 2019