The start of a new year gives us a moment—albeit a brief one—to pause and contemplate the distance we have traveled in our lives and our careers. For NICHD, 2020 was a year filled with many challenges, as it was for the entire world. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff, investigators, and grantees, we rose to the occasion with a research portfolio aimed at understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic affects pregnant and postpartum women, children, and people with disabilities. At the same time, our institute retained its sharp focus on our core mission areas, making key research advances in women’s health, reproductive science, rare childhood diseases, and many others.
I encourage you to watch the video below and review the Selected NICHD Research Advances of 2020. These advances not only illustrate the breadth and impact of NICHD’s science, but also the passion and resilience of those who work for and with our institute.
Though this year has begun on a tumultuous note, there is reason to remain hopeful. The development and implementation of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines promise to finally bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. While we are optimistic for this outcome, NICHD will continue to promote basic, translational, and clinical research discoveries that will lead to improvement in care for the populations we so proudly serve.