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Division of Intramural Research (DIR)

Our mission is to plan and conduct the Institute’s laboratory and clinical research programs to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems through basic, clinical, and population-based research and determine how to apply such knowledge to illuminate developmental origins of health and disease and help ensure that women and men have good reproductive health, that children are born healthy, and that people develop to live healthy and productive lives.

Thirteen affinity groups comprised of roughly 62 units and sections constitute the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and include a total of 62 tenured and tenure-track investigators, with a total administrative and staff complement of approximately 950.

The DIR conducts laboratory and clinical research programs to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems through basic, clinical, and population-based research. We use this knowledge to illuminate developmental origins of health and disease and to help ensure that women and men have good reproductive health, that children are born healthy, and that people develop to live productive lives. Research efforts are focused on the acquisition of information that will enhance our understanding of the biology of development and reproduction. Our research program emphasizes the importance of fundamental investigations into the physics, chemistry, and biology of cells, their component parts, and the processes that govern and regulate their function. As part of their investigative focus, the scientific researchers of the DIR accord primary importance to the transmission of new information to future generations of scientists.

DIR OSD

Office of the Scientific Director (OSD)

Learn about Dr. Constantine Stratakis, NICHD Scientific Director, and his research, as well as the work of other components in the OSD.

AGs

Affinity Groups (AGs)

Scientists and physicians in the NICHD DIR are organized into AGs, allowing a forum to share ideas and collaborate around common themes in the DIR mission.


Highlights

Annual Report of the DIR: Describes DIR investigators' activities and progress for the previous year

DIR-Related NICHD News: Provides explanations of recent findings from DIR scientists

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