Director's Corner

Reflecting on 2019

Infocard  with NICHD’s new tagline, “Healthy pregnancies. Healthy Children. Healthy and  optimal lives.” and the #NICHDStrategicPlan hashtag on the right. On the left,  there are colorful circles with images of a rehabilitation patient and nurse, a  child eating, an ultrasound of a fetus, a biracial couple and infant,  fluorescent cell microscopy, and a female researcher pipetting in the lab.Posted on 01/03/2020

NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi looks back at 2019 and NICHD’s many amazing accomplishments.

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Reaching Pregnant Women Through the All of Us Research Program

Posted on 11/14/2019

Two pregnant women smiling with text next them: Get insight into your pregnancy while helping the future of health. Join PregSource.Pregnancy is a time when women are especially curious about their changing bodies and the development of their future child. In an effort to reach more pregnant women, NICHD’s PregSource® crowdsourcing project is partnering with the All of Us project.

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Transforming Down Syndrome Research

Posted on 10/1/2019

NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi stands with Down syndrome research participant David Egan and Dr. Melissa Parisi, chief of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities BranchIn this busy fall season, NICHD joins a trans-NIH investment into funding for Down syndrome research and research to establish a standard of care for newborns exposed to opioids.

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Welcoming a New Deputy Director

Posted on 9/3/2019

Woman sitting at desk.After a national search, we have selected Alison Cernich, Ph.D., as our new Deputy Director. Dr. Cernich has served as director of NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research since 2015.

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Strategic Plan Nears the Finish Line

Posted on 7/31/2019

Dr. Bianchi standing at a podium.After more than a year of discussion, substantial public feedback, and more discussion, I am happy to say that we have a final draft of the NICHD Strategic Plan. It has been a long journey, and I sincerely appreciate all the efforts of our staff and external stakeholders who worked hard to get us to this point. We now go to the layout and proofing phase of the document, where we put the finishing touches on the look and feel of the plan. Then, off we go to the printers. We hope to have print and PDF versions of the document in September.

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