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4/10/2014

Seeking New Treatments for Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus—the endometrium—grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis affects millions of American women, yet many women can’t get a timely diagnosis or find effective treatments.

5/22/2013

2012 Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Annual Report
One of the largest intramural divisions within the NIH, the NICHD’s DIR studies a diverse range of topics from molecular and cellular processes, to developmental endocrinology and genetics, to obstetric and perinatal research, to pediatric imaging. These and other research areas are the focus of the 2012 DIR Annual Report.

5/13/2013

Progress on Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs)
In observance of National Women’s Health Week, the NICHD looks back at 15 years of research on PFDs.

5/1/2013

Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research 2012 Annual Report
This NICHD Division recently released its annual report highlighting research that covers a range of topics, from understanding fertility and preventing birth defects to promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors and developing new ways to analyze data.

4/10/2013

Global Consortium Identifies Best Management of Endometriosis
The World Endometriosis Society Consortium, a global collaboration that includes experts from and grantees of the NICHD, has published a consensus statement about the best ways to manage endometriosis.

12/21/2012

Scientific Vision: The Next Decade
The NICHD embarked upon a collaborative process in 2011 to create a scientific Vision, identifying the most promising scientific opportunities for the Institute and its partners to pursue over the next decade. The newly published Scientific Vision statement presents the results of that process and outlines scientific goals for the coming decade.

12/4/2012

NICHD reorganizes extramural program
​Alan Guttmacher, M.D., Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) announced a number of changes to streamline the institute’s organizational structure and accelerate the exchange of scientific ideas.

12/4/2012

NICHD vision statement now available online
A document charting a research course for the many collaborators who share an interest in promoting the science concerning human development through the life span, child health, women's health, and rehabilitation research is now available online.

12/4/2012

Research for a Lifetime: Commemorating the NICHD’s 50th Anniversary
On October 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the legislation establishing the NICHD to examine “the complex process of human development from conception to old age.” The Institute marks its golden anniversary with Research for a Lifetime, an all-day scientific colloquium to highlight the Institute’s mission, accomplishments, and future research directions.

5/8/2012

NIH releases Research Plan on Painful Vulvar Condition
Vulvodynia is a group of conditions that cause vulvar pain, sometimes debilitating pain. The NIH recently released its research plan for learning more about this disorder, its features, and its possible treatments.

3/29/2012

Endometriosis Awareness Month & NICHD Research
Millions of women in the United States have endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis is associated with severe pain and infertility. During this National Endometriosis Awareness month, the NICHD highlights some of its research and research findings on this complex topic.

7/21/2011

NIH Meeting on Vulvodynia: Setting a Research Agenda
​​The NICHD and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health recently hosted a meeting on vulvodynia, with the goal of setting a research agenda for this chronic pain disorder.

1/10/2011

NICHD Director’s Lecture Series: New Frontiers in Endometriosis
​​The NICHD Director’s Lecture Series showcases cutting-edge science relevant to the Institute’s mission. On January 24, 2011, the first Series lecture will focus on endometriosis and will feature Dr. Linda C. Giudice, international expert on reproductive health and the Robert B. Jaffe, M.D. Endowed Professor from the University of California, San Francisco.

9/16/2008

Roughly One Quarter of U.S. Women Affected by Pelvic Floor Disorders
Nearly 24 percent of U.S. women are affected with one or more pelvic floor disorders, report researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Their analysis is the first to document in a nationally representative sample the extent of pelvic floor disorders, a cluster of health problems that causes physical discomfort and limits activity.

6/23/2003

Vulvodynia Workshop Highlights Prevalence of Disorder
Vulvodynia is a condition characterized by burning, stinging, irritation, or rawness of the female genital area when there is no apparent infection or skin disease that could cause these symptoms.

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