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Dr. Alan GuttmacherAlan E. Guttmacher, M.D. has served as Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development since August 2010, following a term as Acting Director beginning in December 2009.

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James Mills, M.D.: Making His Mark on Preventing Birth Defects

Dr. PacakWhen James Mills, M.D., was a boy, he imagined having an impact on people's lives as a doctor in the developing world. Instead, he found his unique place as an NICHD researcher, where he has affected the lives of an untold number of people he has never met.

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The Human Placenta Project

The Human Placenta Project

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Dr. Joan C. Han: Finding the Genetic Roots of Obesity

Dr. Joan C. HanIn her clinical research studies, pediatric endocrinologist Joan C. Han, M.D., meets with patients whose bodies never feel "full" no matter what or how much they eat. Learn what studying people with these rare disorders can tell us about common forms of childhood obesity.

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