NICHD is pleased to share selected highlights from our research, outreach, and collaborative efforts during 2020. These activities illustrate the institute’s continued commitment to research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.
2020 was a year like no other. In March, NICHD staff and investigators began to discuss ways in which we could advance science on COVID-19 to improve the lives of our focus populations: children, pregnant women, and people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, NICHD Director, also shares remarks in a video introduction .
Spotlighting Populations of Interest During COVID-19
People with intellectual or developmental disabilities and children are central to NICHD’s history and establishment.
Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Pregnant Women
NICHD is committed to helping pregnant women and their families safeguard their health during the pandemic.
Addressing Health Disparities
2020 brought greater societal awareness on systemic racism and disparities in our country.
Improving Access to Clinical Trials
NICHD research helps ensure access to clinical trials so that people from all backgrounds can benefit from advances in biomedical research.
Leading Research on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
NICHD’s namesake, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Advancing Women’s Health
NICHD has supported women’s health research since our establishment in 1962.
Understanding Fertility and Pregnancy Loss
Infertility, miscarriage, and stillbirth affect countless families across the world.
Promoting Healthy Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery
NICHD supports research to promote healthy pregnancies, optimizing the lifelong health of mother, child, and family.
Improving Infant and Child Health
NICHD is committed to improving the health of infants and children.
Understanding and Treating Pediatric Conditions
NICHD research aims to prevent and treat a variety of diseases and conditions that affect infants, children, and adolescents.
Advancing Adolescent Health
Adolescence is a challenging time, not only for teens but also for their families. NICHD research aims to protect the health and welfare of adolescents during this important and understudied transition to adulthood.
Developing New Treatments and Technologies
NICHD’s focus on technology research often leads to advances and treatments that directly benefit patients of all ages and backgrounds.