Focus on NICHD International Health Activities (Part 1)

8th Annual Lawton Chiles International Lecture

The Institute’s mission to understand and improve the health of children, adults, and families reaches beyond the United States to include communities worldwide. As part of this mission, the NICHD and the Fogarty International Center are pleased to sponsor the 8th Annual Lawton Chiles International Lecture on Maternal and Child Health in the Americas.

The guest speaker for this meeting, which takes place September 26, 2006, is Yolanda Liliana Mayo Ortega, M.D., the current general director of Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru. Dr. Ortega will address the topic of a policy of lifetime inclusion for children with disabilities,  highlighting the program that her center runs in Peru, in an address titled Education for a lifetime of inclusion for children with disabilities: World-Class Program in Peru – Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru. The event will also include a light lunch, a question and answer period, and discussions of various international health topics.

This annual lecture is named for the late Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr., former governor, U.S. representative, and senator for Florida. Throughout a career that spanned four decades, Chiles was a staunch supporter of the NIH and a champion for the health of children and mothers both in Florida and nationwide. To register for the lecture, please contact Linda Stephens at (301) 496-3454.

Activities of the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group

This week, Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., NICHD deputy director, and a delegation from the NICHD took part in a series of meetings for the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group that were held in New Delhi, India. Dr. Maddox and other NICHD staff were featured speakers at the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group meetings on contraceptive and reproductive health research, maternal and early childhood infections, and maternal and child health and human development research.

Building on a 30-year history of maternal and child health research cooperation, India and the United States signed an enhanced cooperation agreement in 2000 to address issues related to maternal and child health and human development. Although the health of women, children, and adolescents has improved significantly in both the United States and India, health officials recognize that work remains to help achieve additional reductions in morbidity and mortality.

The NICHD recently issued two program announcements (PARs) related to the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group:

Also participating in the meetings were: Danuta Krotoski, Ph.D., acting associate director for the NICHD Prevention Research and International Program Office; Gabriel Bialy, Ph.D., deputy director of the NICHD Center for Population Research (CPR); Susan Newcomer, Ph.D., in the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch; Tonse N. K. Raju, M.D., D.C.H., of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch; and Dan Raiten, Ph.D., of the Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Growth Branch.

Coming soon: Focus on NICHD International Health Activities (Part 2)

The Lancet will launch a landmark series of articles on maternal survival beginning September 27, 2006. The series of five articles addresses the deaths of pregnant and recently pregnant women who died from causes related to their pregnancies. NICHD research conducted through the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research is a featured topic of one of the articles in the series. Part 2 of this Focus on NICHD International Health Activities will describe this research and its findings.

To learn more about the Global Network for Women’s and Children's Health Research, visit


Originally Posted: September 21, 2006

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