Office of the NICHD Director (OD)

NICHD OD provides overall leadership, planning, direction, coordination, and evaluation of the institute's research programs and activities. OD also develops internal policies and procedures and monitors their implementation and maintenance.

In addition, NICHD OD leads the institute's efforts in the assessment and dissemination of information to the scientific community, clinical practitioners, and the public.

Group photo of NICHD OD.

The NICHD Director is Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.

The NICHD Deputy Director is Alison Cernich, Ph.D.

Dr. Collins and Dr. Bianchi

NICHD's Director's Corner

Learn more about Dr. Bianchi’s scientific interests and thoughts on topics related to the NICHD mission.

Dr. Bianchi's Laboratory

Dr. Bianchi's Laboratory

Dr. Bianchi heads a lab within the National Human Genome Research Institute.


Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge (on NICHD invites innovative approaches to analyzing the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be (nuMoM2b) dataset for up to $400,000 in prizes. Winning submissions will identify new research avenues on adverse outcomes, such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes, and infection, and address disparities in these outcomes. Solutions can use computational analysis, data mining, artificial intelligence, and other methods to advance research in maternal health. Submissions are due by 10/15/21.

Selected NICHD Research Advances of 2020

2020 NICHD International Catalog (PDF 1.4 MB)

NICHD Strategic Plan 2020: This plan supports NICHD's new vision and mission statements, and lays out the institute's research themes, goals, and objectives for the next five years. Explore these elements and track and share our progress.

COVID-19 Research and NICHD

When is the next meeting of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Women? Find out.

Active Funding Opportunity Announcements

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