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The NICHD was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the “complex process of human development from conception to old age.”

In pursuit of its broad mission, the NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.

NICHD Funded Research

NICHD Funded Research
Upper Left: Birth Defects Research Findings from the NICHD; Upper Right: It’s in the DNA: Animal Models Offer Clues to Human Development; Lower Right: Slideshow: Teen Driving Safety; Lower Left: NICHD Develops New Technology, Explores New Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

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Wikipedia Entry:   wiki/National_Institute_of_Child_Health_and_Human_Development

Contact Information

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Phone: 1-800-370-2943
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
31 Center Drive
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425


Advisory Groups: Board of Scientific CounselorsNational Advisory Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) CouncilNational Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee; andNational Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR)
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Created at the request of the President and with the support of congress in 1962, the NICHD was initially founded to realize a vision: to support the world’s best minds in investigating human development throughout the entire life process, focusing on understanding developmental disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), and illuminating important events that occur during pregnancy.

Since then, the NICHD has achieved an impressive array of scientific advances in its pursuit to enhance lives throughout all stages of human development, from preconception through adulthood, improving the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations. Research supported and conducted by the NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many, and has brought about novel and effective ways to fulfill them.

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