The NICHD Scientific Review Branch (SRB) manages eight study sections within the Child Health and Human Development (CHHD) Integrated Review Group (IRG) to review applications relevant to NICHD. In some cases, SRB convenes SEPs with expertise in a specific area of science to review applications.
The following information describes each IRG study section and the NICHD SEPs, including links to rosters, meeting schedules, and other information.
Scientific Review Officer: Chi-Tso (Joseph) Chiu
The CHHD-H study section addresses topics such as biobehavioral bases of intellectual and developmental disabilities, social development, cognition, language, at-risk development, health and behavior, emotion, basic human behavior, socioeconomic context, culture, child abuse and neglect, neuropsychology, memory, attention, service delivery, attitudes, basic animal behavior, and policies related to these topics.
Scientific Review Officer: Jolanta M. Topczewska
The CHHD-C study section addresses topics such as biological bases of intellectual and developmental disabilities, molecular genetics, developmental genetics, developmental immunobiology, early embryonic development, teratology, cellular endocrinology, gene expression and therapy, developmental neurobiology, organogenesis, gastrulation, embryonic patterning, embryogenesis, cell biology, and cellular physiology and function.
Scientific Review Officer: Moushumi Paul
The CHHD-K study section addresses topics such as clinical aspects of plasticity; recovery and adaptation; limb and joint mechanics; coordination, balance, and mobility; functional impairment and disability; rehabilitative engineering; orthotics, prosthetics, and assistive devices; therapeutic exercise; secondary consequences of disabilities; behavioral and psychosocial adjustment to disease, injury, and chronic disability; functional assessments; and outcomes, participation, and societal barriers for individuals with disabilities.
Scientific Review Officer: Kimberly L. Houston
The CHHD-M study section addresses topics such as the relationships among health, health-related behavior, and environmental processes, conditions, and contexts; the effects of policy, neighborhood, community, school, cultural, parenting, and family influences on individual health, health-related behaviors, and health disparities; health conditions and behaviors, such as fitness, risky sexual behavior, substance use, violence, treatment-seeking, and adherence; health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health communication and education; and access to and use and delivery of health services.
Scientific Review Officer: Luis E. Dettin
The CHHD-B study section addresses topics such as pregnancy, labor, preeclampsia, lactation, placental function, reproductive immunology, and HIV acquisition.
Scientific Review Officer: Joanna Kubler-Kielb
The CHHD-A study section addresses topics such as neonatology, perinatology, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition and growth, pharmacology, epidemiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric infectious disease, and pediatrics (including congenital anomalies).
Scientific Review Officer: Christiane M. Robbins
The CHHD-W study section addresses topics such as marriage and family; mortality and morbidity; immigration; internal migration; population distribution; economic demography and labor force; ethnography; population and environment; and social, economic, and demographic aspects of fertility and contraception, sexual behavior, policy, child well-being, transition to adulthood, child abuse and neglect, disability, AIDS/HIV/sexually transmitted diseases, race and ethnicity, health, neighborhoods, geographic information systems, and culture.
Scientific Review Officer: Jagpreet S. Nanda
The CHHD-R study section addresses topics such as reproductive biology, reproductive endocrinology, reproductive neuroendocrinology, reproductive genetics, andrology, gynecology, contraception, infertility, pelvic floor disorders, gametogenesis, fertilization, implantation, preimplantation embryo development, germ cell biology, embryonic stem cell biology, animal cloning, and sex determination.