NICHD Director’s Lecture Series: Changing Paradigms: From Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis to Fetal Individualized Medicine

January 21, 2015 (9:00–10:00 a.m.)


Office of the Director (OD), NICHD


Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Main Campus


NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., initiated the NICHD Director’s Lecture Series as a way to showcase cutting-edge science relevant to the Institute’s mission. The forum also enables staff and other attendees to interact with other nationally recognized scientists.

This lecture features Diana Bianchi, M.D., Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine. In this lecture, Dr. Bianchi will describe how genomic analysis of the placental cell-free DNA circulating in maternal plasma has revolutionized prenatal screening for fetal genetic diseases and provided novel insights into perinatal biology. She will also discuss how NICHD-supported research on the amniotic fluid transcriptome has elucidated mechanisms of disease in living fetuses, which has led to testable hypotheses regarding individualized treatments, using prenatal treatment of Down syndrome as an example.

All NIH staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Laureen Lee at or 301-594-1968. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.


Christine Rogers, OD, NICHD
Phone: (301) 402-2205

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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