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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Division of Intramural Research

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The NICHD Connection April 2015 Issue is Online!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Here's a link to our spring issue with a focus on grant writing, featuring:

  • Top Five Tips for Getting Grants, by Dr. Julian Lui
  • Grant Opportunities for Intramural Fellows, by the NICHD Office of Education
  • Earning Your Stripes as a Scientist-in-Training, by Katie Fox
  • Celebrating the annual Pi Day Pie Contest
  • April announcements and events:
    • Mentor of the Year Awards for DIR, accepting nominations until April 27th
    • NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research, accepting applications
    • Human Placenta Project Meeting, April 27-28
    • Postbac Poster Day, April 30

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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.