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Meet some of the NICHD's researchers and learn about their work on a broad range of topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations. Select a link below to learn more.

Dr. Esther Eisenberg
Dr. Esther Eisenberg: Taking Aim at Endometriosis (4/16/2015)
The NICHD's Dr. Esther Eisenberg discusses what we know of this often painful condition and highlights promising areas of research.

Dr. Karel Pacak
Dr. Karel Pacak: Disarming Rare Tumors, One Step at a Time (11/3/2014)
Two rare tumors diagnosed in about 1,000 people every year are missed in many other people. In those people, symptoms are often mistaken for stress.

Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz: Seeing Inside the Cell (10/3/2014)
This NICHD cell biologist uses cutting-edge technology to peer inside living cells. Listen to her describe where the trail of discovery has led.

Dr. Caroline Signore
Dr. Caroline Signore: Exploring Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (8/28/2014)
Dr. Caroline Signore discusses NICHD research efforts to find out more about the pregnancies of women with disabilities.

Dr. Mary Ann Handel
Dr. Mary Ann Handel: Finding the Genes That Drive Male Fertility (6/23/2014)
"Infertile mouse" is not a common phrase, but geneticist Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D., has made a career of studying infertile male mice to unlock the mysteries of infertility in human males.

Matthew Barber and Susan Meikle
Matthew Barber, M.D., M.H.S., and Susan Meikle, M.D., M.S.P.H.: Finding Better Treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders (5/12/2014)
Nearly one in four women between the ages of 20 and 80 has a pelvic floor disorder. As we highlight research on women's health this May, learn from Program Officer Susan Meikle and NICHD grantee Matthew Barber about the profound lifestyle effects of these disorders and how research is helping to improve available treatments.
Stuart B Moss and Susan Taymans
Stuart B. Moss, Ph.D., and Susan Taymans, Ph.D.: Dispelling Infertility Myths (4/17/2014)
Misperceptions about infertility abound—starting with how many couples experience it. In observation of National Infertility Awareness Week, NICHD Program Officers Drs. Stuart B. Moss and Susan Taymans sit down to discuss the facts.
Renee A. Reijo Pera
Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D.: Basic Research Translates into Help for Those Facing Infertility (12/18/2013)
NICHD grantee Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D., has made important discoveries that have advanced our understanding of infertility—one of which Time magazine named a "top medical breakthrough of 2010." Her work is a great example of "Bench to Bedside"—how basic science research can translate to the clinic to help treat infertility.
James Mills
James Mills, M.D.: Making His Mark on Preventing Birth Defects (9/3/2013)
When 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.
Alan H. DeCherney
Dr. Alan H. DeCherney: Bringing Science to Life (4/30/2013)
Alan DeCherney, M.D., helped bring about the fifth in vitro fertilization birth in the United States. He discusses the many ways the field has changed in the 30 years since.
Dr. Esther Duflo
Dr. Esther Duflo: Using Science to Alleviate Poverty, Promote Health (2/8/2013)
What works and what doesn't when it comes to health improvement programs in developing nations? Economist Esther Duflo, Ph.D., uses randomized controlled trials to find out.
Dr. Simons-Morton: Research into Teen Driving (11/30/2012)
Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton serves as branch chief and senior investigator for the NICHD's Prevention Research Branch within the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research.
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2015
Last Reviewed Date: 04/16/2015
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