Conducting and supporting cutting-edge research on the health of children, adults, families, and populations is the primary reason the NICHD was founded. The advances that result from Institute research have led to significant improvements in health knowledge and treatments.
These advances are not just abstract ideas published in scientific journals or reported in the media—their application in the “real world” changes lives. Visit the Mission and Scientific Accomplishments section of this website for highlights of these advances.
To learn more about the NICHD’s organizational units, their research activities, and the research networks and other projects they support, select a link on the left.