Dr. Louis DePaolo is Chief of the Fertility and Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In this role, Dr. DePaolo provides oversight leadership of the Institute’s portfolio of grants dealing with basic, translational and clinical studies in male and female fertility regulation. The branch is the single largest funding source for research and research training programs dealing with reproduction and infertility in the Federal Government providing support for over 300 grant awards totaling approximately 110 million dollars. Dr. DePaolo received his doctorate degree in Physiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and held faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (tenured), and the Salk and Whittier Institutes in California. During this period, Dr. DePaolo received research and career development support from the National Institutes of Health resulting in the publication of more than 60 papers on the neuroendocrine control of reproduction.
Since joining the NICHD in 1994, Dr. DePaolo has established both the Reproductive Neuroendocrinology and Ovarian Biology Programs, as well as the Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research and the Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program which became the first NIH extramural loan forgiveness program. Dr. DePaolo also initiated an interagency "dual-purpose, dual-benefit" program with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support research that adresses both biomedicine and agriculture using large animal models, and established a Visiting Scientist Award (VSTA) Program with the South Korean government to allow Korean fellows and early faculty members to receive training in reproductive epidemiology and population surveilance at the NICHD or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under his leadershp, branch staff have initiated programs aimed at increasing workforce diversity in the reproductive sciences and enhancing community outreach and education efforts.