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Pharmacology: NICHD Research Goals

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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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