NICHD Director’s podcast features research on adolescent health behavior

The January 2013 NICHD Research Perspectives features adolescent health research undertaken by scientists in the institute’s Prevention Research Branch. 

This month, the podcast focuses on

  • studies of teen driving behavior, by Branch Chief Bruce Simons-Morton
  • Tonja Nansel’s studies of bullying and diabetes management among adolescents,
  • Ronald Iannotti’s ongoing investigations of behaviors associated with adolescent obesity

Located within the NICHD’s Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research, the Prevention Research Branch conducts behavioral and observational research to identify determinants of health behavior and tests educational, behavioral, and environmental strategies for improving or protecting maternal, child, and adolescent health.

Research Perspectives is a monthly podcast providing updates on the latest scientific findings from the institute.  Each month, NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher talks with NICHD scientists and program staff about findings from their areas of expertise. The series provides a means for researchers to go beyond the descriptions in news releases, to discuss the implications of the research, what the findings may mean for patients and members of the public, as well as what direction future studies might take.

The January podcast is available at http://
Documents/NICHD_Research_Perspectives_020413.mp3 and the transcript at http://

Previous NICHD Research Perspectives are available at http://


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at

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