Ring Out the Old and Ring in the New
Posted on 1/10/2019
NICHD Director, Dr. Diana Bianchi, looks forward to 2019 while reflecting on progress from 2018.
Reflecting on 2018
Posted on 12/19/2018
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) sets the foundation for a healthy life by conducting and supporting research on fertility, pregnancy, childhood diseases, and physical and intellectual developmental disabilities.
December 2018 Update on the NICHD Strategic Plan and Other Activities
Posted on 11/29/2018
The NICHD Strategic Planning process is moving forward. Our Divisions of Extramural Research (DER), Intramural Research (DIR), and Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR) have been reviewing the roughly 50 scientific themes prioritized by the Strategic Planning Working Group in mid-October. I have been pleasantly surprised by the high level of alignment between the NICHD teams and external working groups. An important component of this next phase is identifying gaps in existing research not identified in the October meeting. The internal working teams' end goal will be to consolidate a draft set of themes that will be forwarded to the internal strategic planning working group for further consideration.
Update on the NICHD Strategic Plan and Other Activities
Posted on 10/31/2018
I'm happy to report that NICHD held its first Strategic Planning Working Group meeting on October 15 and 16. The strategic planning process will allow internal and external stakeholders to review the institute's research portfolio to refocus its science and encourage new collaborations to improve the health of the populations we serve. Working Group members included representatives from academia, the health care sector, patient and advocacy communities, and NICHD and other federal agencies. Participants discussed more than 250 proposed scientific themes. Based on the group's deliberation, approximately 50 themes were prioritized for further review and consideration.
Inclusion is the Path to Personalized Care
Posted on 5/16/2018
We are at the very early stages of personalized medicine, the idea that treatment can be targeted to meet an individual's medical needs. However, if large segments of the population aren't included in clinical studies, the results of our research—and the scope of personalized approaches—will be limited.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) conducts and supports research involving several underrepresented populations: pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Together, these groups are estimated to comprise more than half of the U.S. population. For more than 50 years, NICHD has supported research that spans preconception through adulthood. This is the core of our mission.