Constantine A. Stratakis, M.D., D.Sc., is the Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Stratakis has been in this role since August 2011, following two years as Acting Director.
In this position, Dr. Stratakis oversees over 70 research programs of more than 60 scientific investigators and more than 300 trainees. He also leads his own research program on endocrinology and genetics. DIR's objective is to conduct research that helps ensure the birth of healthy infants, improves the health of infants and children as they develop into adulthood, and optimizes the health of women. Research in the DIR focuses on acquiring knowledge, using a wide range of technologies and model systems, to enhance the understanding of the full range of human development and reproduction. DIR is credited with scientific advances in many areas, from vaccines to molecular imaging.
The Management section of the Office of the Scientific Director includes the Office of Education, the Administrative Management Branch, the Office of the Clinical Director, and the Research Animal Management Branch.
The following graduate medical education programs are offered through the DIR Office of the Scientific Director:
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