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.
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Wikipedia Entry: wiki/National_Institute_of_Child_Health_and_Human_Development
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Address: Eunice 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 Counselors; National Advisory Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council; National Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee; andNational Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR)
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.
To learn more about the NICHD, select a link below.
- NICHD Director’s Corner
Learn about NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., and his latest scientific interests.
- Establishment of the NICHD
Find out how and why the NICHD was established in 1962.
- Events in NICHD History
View a timeline of important events in the Institute’s history.
- NICHD Mission & Scientific Accomplishments
Read the Institute’s mission statement and explore some of its scientific accomplishments.
- NICHD 50th Anniversary
See highlights of the Institute’s scientific accomplishments of the last 50 years.