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Five premises underlie the mission and vision of the Division, formerly known as the Division of Epidemiology Statistics, and Prevention Research. Specifically, Division activities recognize that:
- Population health encompasses research focusing on both healthy and disease outcomes in populations rather than individuals.
- A lifecourse approach, from gametes through adulthood, is important to studying health and disease.
- Hierarchical data are required for measuring environmental (non-genetic) exposures affecting individuals, couples, or triads.
- There is a critical need for trans-disciplinary teams and partnerships to promote research success.
- Serving populations, including targeted subgroups, through the timely translation of findings is vital to improving health.
- The Division’s renaming, which followed a reorganization of the NICHD in 2012 emphasizes the mission of its collective work while fostering an integrative collaborative environment.
To accomplish this mission, the Division designs and conducts innovative etiologic and interventional research from preconception through adulthood, translates research findings into clinical practice or public policy to maximize health and eliminate health disparities, and builds capacity through mentoring and serving our professions.
The Division aims to be a leader in population health research by focusing on successful reproduction, the health and well-being of pregnant women and their infants, and the optimal growth and development of children and adolescents across the lifespan. With the population as its observational laboratory, the Division uses collaboration, discovery, ethics, innovation, interdisciplinary teamwork, and mentoring to fulfill its mission and vision.
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News & Events
Recent News Releases
- Paul Albert, Chief of the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Branch, is featured in a recent Inside the NICHD interview
- Only half of U.S. youth meet physical activity standards
- High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Predict Chronic Disease Later in Life
- PCBs, other pollutants may play role in pregnancy delay
- Safe Driving for Distracted Teens, NIH News in Health, September, 2012
- Vaginal delivery safe for head first births before 32 weeks
The September NICHD monthly podcast series "NICHD Research Perspectives" featured a discussion with Katherine Laughon, M.D., M.S. on the safety of vaginal delivery for preterm babies.
- Family problem-solving sessions help teens better manage diabetes
- Cognitive changes may be only sign of fetal alcohol exposure
- NIH study finds women spend longer in labor now than 50 years ago
The May NICHD monthly podcast series "NICHD Research Perspectives" featured a discussion with Katherine Laughon, M.D., M.S. on why American women take longer in labor now than women did 50 years ago.
- NIH study links high levels of cadmium, lead in blood to pregnancy delay
- NIH Study shows caffeine consumption linked to estrogen changes
- High animal fat diet increases gestational diabetes risk
- Katherine Ahrens, Ph.D., received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH, 2013, and the Epidemiologic Methodology Applications Conference award, November 2012.
- Stephanie Hinkle, Ph.D., received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH, 2013, and the Student-Postdoc Travel Scholarship, Society for Epidemiologic Research, Boston, MA, 2013.
- Pauline Mendola, Ph.D., received the Best Poster Award at the American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting, September, 2012.