Pharmacology: NICHD Research Goals

Since the advent of the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act in 2002, the NICHD has focused on improvements in medication safety. The NICHD’s goals for research in pharmacology include:

  • Testing of pharmaceuticals with appropriate audiences to ensure safe and effective treatment of disease during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood
  • Identifying mechanisms of disease and molecular targets for new drug development
  • Providing training opportunities for future scientists
  • Promoting contraceptive research and development for preventing or reducing unintended pregnancies
  • Advancing research on microbicides for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections
  • Evaluating the pharmacokinetics and safety of new drugs in children, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding, including metabolic and short- and long-term effects of exposure to these drugs
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