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Vacancy Announcement: NICHD Director
NIH is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of NICHD Director. The Director provides leadership to a complex organization that conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research—nationally and internationally—disseminating and communicating the results to further the health of children, adults, families and communities, and people with physical and developmental disabilities.


Q&A with NICHD Acting Director Catherine Spong, M.D.
Dr. Cathy Spong became NICHD’s acting director on October 1, 2015. Here she shares her plans for the year and her thoughts on what makes NICHD so unique.


NIH invests $46 million in technologies to monitor placental health
The National Institutes of Health has announced $46 million in research awards for the Human Placenta Project, an initiative to revolutionize understanding of the placenta. The awards will fund technology development and testing to assess placental function throughout pregnancy, with the ultimate goal of improving pregnancy outcomes and lifelong health.


Guttmacher retiring as director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that he will retire from his position effective September 30, 2015. Dr. Guttmacher has led NICHD for nearly six years.


Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes
NIH seeks input on a proposed new research program to assess biological, chemical, psychosocial, and other environmental influences on child health outcomes. Join one of NIH’s webinars to learn more.


Neuroscience Research Resources
NICHD supports a variety of research projects and networks that are useful to neuroscientists. Find a detailed list here.                                                    


NIH launches new Spanish-language site for child health and human development
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a Spanish-language website that provides free information on health topics, including maternal and infant care, obesity, HIV/AIDS, fertility/infertility, and pregnancy.


Vitamin E deficiency could lead to brain damage, zebrafish study suggests
Lack of vitamin E may contribute to cognitive disorders by robbing brain cells of a substance important for their structure, according to a study of zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Q&A with Human Placenta Project Coordinator David Weinberg
Dr. Weinberg answers questions about a new initiative that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the placenta.


NIH announces $41.5 million in funding for the Human Placenta Project
The National Institutes of Health has dedicated $41.5 million for an initiative to understand and monitor the development of the human placenta during pregnancy. The funding will support the development of new technologies to assess the health of the placenta as it grows and matures, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of mothers and children.


Birth Defects Research Findings from the NICHD
Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies born in the United States each year. Learn about recent research findings on birth defects and their causes.


NIH Scientists Combine Efforts to Advance Birth Defects Research
The Trans-NIH Structural Birth Defects Working Group aims to step up research on birth defects by coordinating efforts at the NIH and beyond.


It’s in the DNA: Animal Models Offer Clues to Human Development
In the evolutionary sense, we have a lot in common with animals. That’s why researchers can learn much from them about human development and birth defects.


NIH Updates Down Syndrome Research Plan
NIH has made progress in research on Down syndrome since the release of its first research plan 7 years ago. To reflect that progress and lay out future research directions, a newly released, revised plan is now available.


Mouse study reveals potential clue to extra fingers or toes
Researchers working with mice have uncovered a potential clue to polydactyly—a birth defect involving extra fingers on the hand or extra toes on the feet. The researchers have found that a mouse version of polydactyly results from a malfunction of the cellular machinery that processes one of the cell’s internal transportation vehicles.


Catherine Spong appointed NICHD Deputy Director
NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., announced that after a rigorous national search, Catherine Y. Spong, M.D., has been selected as Deputy Director of the NICHD. For the past two years, Dr. Spong has served as the inaugural NICHD Associate Director for Extramural Research and the Director of the Division of Extramural Research.


NIH Institutes Commit $2 Million to Small Businesses to Promote Placental Research
This month the NICHD and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) reissued two funding announcements, inviting grant applications for the development of methods to assess placental development and function. The Institutes intend to commit an estimated total of $2 million to small businesses in 2015 to support this research.


June Wrap-Up: Promoting Men’s Health
In observance of Men’s Health month, the NICHD highlighted important men’s health information and resources throughout the month of June.


NICHD-Supported Research Sheds Light on a Family of Genes Involved in Dyslexia, Respiratory Health, and Organ Position
NICHD-supported scientists observe connections among seemingly unrelated conditions.


Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox to serve as Acting Director of NIMHD
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announced today the appointment of Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., as NIMHD's acting director. This appointment follows Dr. John Ruffin's announcement last month of his retirement from federal service and as director of NIMHD after 24 years.
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