NICHD was founded in 1962 to investigate human development throughout the entire life process, with a focus on understanding disabilities and important events that occur during pregnancy.

Since then, research conducted and funded by NICHD has helped save lives, improve wellbeing, and reduce societal costs associated with illness and disability.

NICHD’s mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.

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Who we are and what we do

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Progress in advancing science and improving health

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Laws Governing NICHD Activities

Provisions in U.S. laws that pertain to NICHD and its activities

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Jobs at NICHD

Available positions and employment information

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