New White Papers Available for Public Comment

Papers latest step in process to create a scientific vision for NICHD

Six new white papers outlining scientific opportunities for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are now available on the institute’s Web site for public comment.

The completion of the new white papers marks the latest step in the process to develop a scientific vision for the institute.  The leadership of the NICHD undertook its vision process to identify the most promising scientific opportunities of the next decade and to set an ambitious agenda that achieves critical scientific goals and meets pressing public health needs.  The vision papers were drafted at workshops attended by a diverse groups of experts, including obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, neuroscientists, and economists.

The new white papers, available for download, explore the following Vision themes:

  • Behavior (PDF - 144 KB)
  • Developmental origins of health and disease (PDF - 341 KB)
  • Development (PDF - 266 KB)
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics (PDF - 250 KB)
  • Environment (PDF - 306 KB)
  • Pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes (PDF - 489 KB)

White papers on reproduction (PDF - 735 KB) and plasticity (PDF - 333 KB) were posted in March.

All are available for comment on the Vision Comments page through June 10, 2011.

The white papers will provide the basis for a vision statement of research opportunities to further the NICHD mission to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation.


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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