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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 January 2015 Issue is Online!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Featuring the following with a focus on leadership and management for a scientist’s training:

  • “Do You Know What It Takes to Lead” - Dr. Jenny Blau, a workshop recap
  • Our first “Interesting Opportunity” column: postdoc feature on her recent management training - Dr. Payal Ray
  • From our Editor-in-Chief: an invitation for fellows to submit their thoughts about career training beyond the bench
  • Events—see in particular the Communication Strategies Workshop for January 28th   
    • It will focus on how to make difficult conversations more productive throughout your career while discussing specific scenarios relevant to young scientists
  • Image Competition, for our Annual Fellows Meeting, now accepting submissions
  • Bio Careers Webinar on Industry Careers, January 20th
  • Consider joining our second annual Three-Minute Talks (TmT) Competition

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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.