Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch (PGNB)

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The mission of PGNB is to foster and cultivate biomedical research in pediatric endocrinology, growth and development, and nutrition to advance scientific understanding and promote health. The branch is also committed to the development and training of investigators in branch-relevant areas, and to supporting small business projects within the branch portfolio.

In pursuit of its mission, PGNB supports research to understand the mechanisms of growth and development at the gene-molecular level and at higher levels of cell and organ function. As the focal point for NICHD extramural research and training in pediatric endocrinology and nutrition science, branch staff also engage with and support investigators to identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for scientific advancement.


  • The Determinants of Peak Bone Mass: A State of the Science Workshop was co-sponsored by PGNB, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, National Osteoporosis Foundation, and American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Proceedings are available in the Journal of Pediatrics.