GRAPHIC SLIDE: Alan DeCherney, M.D.
Dr. Alan DeCherney on camera
Dr. Alan DeCherney: As you know, this is the 50th anniversary of the NICHD. And the NICHD has multiple facets as far as areas. Rehabilitation is one. But my interest is in obstetrics and gynecology and its subspecialties. The major areas of improvement for health have been in the area of obstetrics. Looking at stillborn, looking at prematurity, and of course the genetic aspects of early fetal growth and [inaudible] metabolism, growth and development, are all important aspects of what the NICHD has done.
As far as reproduction is concerned, they’ve been very active in studying gametes: eggs, sperm, embryos, implantation. Not embryo research, but at least studying animal models as far as embryos are concerned in order to understand the human picture. So NICHD, most of the advances have been here or, interestingly enough, it’s been done outside of the NIH by people who trained at the NIH. The NIH is a fabulous resource for the American public.