The Division of Intramural Research plans and conducts 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 to 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.
The DIR research program utilizes a multidisciplinary environment to investigate the physics, chemistry, and biology of cells, the processes that govern and regulate cellular function, and the effects when these processes fail.
Ten research programs, comprised of roughly 78 units and sections, constitute the NICHD DIR. The Division includes a total of 72 tenured and tenure-track investigators, over 300 postbaccalaureate, clinical, and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and a total administrative and staff complement of approximately 1,200.
The research of the DIR addresses several fundamental questions:
The majority of the DIR laboratories are located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, or in nearby Rockville. An additional research facility is located in Poolesville, Maryland. The Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics is based in Detroit, Michigan.
Please explore our DIR Offices and Programs, an interdisciplinary collaboration of investigators aiming to answer fundamental questions in human health.
Office of Education
Office of Scientific Director (OSD)
Cell Biology and Metabolism Program (CBMP)
Molecular Medicine Program (MMP)
Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism (PCRM)
Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics (PDEGEN)
Program in Developmental Neuroscience (PDN)
Program in Genomics of Differentiation (PGD)
Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics (PPRO)
Program in Physical Biology (PPB)
Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology (PRAE)
Program on Pediatric Imaging and Tissue Science (PPITS)
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