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.
The NICHD Director is Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
The NICHD Deputy Director is Alison Cernich, Ph.D.
Dr. Bianchi received Stanford University School of Medicine’s J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine .
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Dr. Bianchi presented at the December meeting of the Advisory Council to the NIH Director. Visit https://acd.od.nih.gov/ for details.