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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Below is the link to our June newsletter for trainees, featuring:

  • “Interesting Opportunity” Column: Mid-Atlantic Case Competition, by Sisi Liu
    • Using your scientific training to solve real-life business problems
  • 11thAnnual Fellows Retreat: Career Recaps, NICHD alumni—What’s It Like Being a…?
    • Shantanu Bhatt, Assistant Professor
    • Melissa Crocker, Attending and Instructor in Medicine
    • Katherine Donigan, FDA Administrator
    • Ryan Fuchs, Research Scientist, New England Biolabs
    • Deborah Henken, NIH Extramural Administrator
    • Matthew Kohn, Science Officer, NYSTEM
    • Malaiyalam Mariappan, Assistant Professor
    • Saravana Murthy, Senior Scientist, Scanogen, Inc.
  • Meet Our New NICHD Postdoctoral Fellows
  • “Life Outside Lab” Column: Shana Spindler and her family’s new addition
  • And this month’s announcements and events:
    • Congratulations to our postbac winners from the 2015 Postbac Poster Day
    • A warm welcome to our summer trainees
    • Grant Writing Workshop, July 14th, registration now!

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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.