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The National Institutes of Health Overview

Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
Director, NICHD

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Dr. Diana W. Bianchi: I’m Diana Bianchi, I’m the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Camera view of Dr. Bianchi. Dr. Bianchi: I would like to encourage you all to try to attend our “boot camp” for clinician scientists. The numbers of clinician scientists are decreasing, and you know from experiencing the recent pandemic that there is a tremendous need for people who have both scientific expertise as well as clinical expertise. We are hoping that there is going to be a return of the so-called “yellow berets,” which were popularized during the time of the Vietnam war and included opportunities for people like Dr. Anthony Fauci to train, so that's excellent company to be in. We are very committed to training and career development, and we thought for a long time about how we could continue to promote that activity in this time when so many people are working from home. What we have created for you is a virtual boot camp, and the goal of our various lectures are to really give you what you need to know about starting a career in research, even if you're a physician who's never had any experience in research. We want to give you the skill sets that you need to apply for funding.
Camera view of Dr. Bianchi. Dr. Bianchi: In my lecture, I am going to give you an overview of the NIH and I am going to talk a little bit about our specific interests at our institute, the NICHD—what has been our investment in training, the results of our recent strategic planning exercise, so you know what topics we are interested in. And importantly, no matter what area you're interested in, I want to tell you about our commitment to shared data and data resources because if you are sitting at home right now, and you cannot go into your laboratory, or you cannot be in the hospital full time, we have data sets that are ready for you to download and use immediately to test hypotheses. And how exciting is that?
Camera view of Dr. Bianchi. Dr. Bianchi: So, I hope that you will join me, as well as my colleagues, and experience this new virtual course, which we hope will allow many more people to get the skills that they need. So I look forward to having you join me when we present the course for the first time later this month. Thank you.
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