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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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The NICHD Connection February 2015 Issue is Online!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Here is your link to the February issue of the NICHD Connection, featuring:

  • Science Communication Training and Award Program for Fellows: 2015 Three-Minute Talks (TmT) Competition  
    • We are now accepting applicants and the first training session is scheduled for February 23  
    • Check out the program details with testimonials from both our 1st place winner and a finalist of 2014
  • “The Arts” Column: What You Need to Know About Copyrights
  • Grants: vital information for PRAT applicants
  • Congratulations to our 2014 Graduate Partnership Program graduates
  • 11th Annual Fellows Retreat, May 1st: one day event at the Smithsonian, scientific careers and communicating science theme, online registration will open soon—do join us! 
  • And this month’s events: postbac career session, February 24, and postdoc orientation, February 27

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Eleven research programs comprised of roughly 79 units and sections constitute the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and include a total of 79 tenured and tenure-track investigators, with a total administrative and staff complement of approximately 1220.

To ensure the birth of healthy babies, to ensure the health of infants who develop into adulthood, and to optimize the health of women, the DIR focuses its research effort on the acquisition of information that will enhance our understanding of the biology of development and reproduction. The research program emphasizes the importance of fundamental investigations into the physics, chemistry, and biology of cells, their component parts, and the processes that govern and regulate their function. As part of their investigative focus, the scientific researchers of the DIR accord primary importance to the transmission of new information to future generations of scientists.


The majority of the DIR laboratories are located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, and nearby in Rockville, Maryland. An additional research facility is located in Poolesville, Maryland. The research program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics is based in Detroit, Michigan.