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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 July 2015 Issue is Online!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • SCIENTIFIC & CAREER RECAPs from the Eleventh Annual NICHD Fellows Retreat
  • Congratulations to our 2015 Mentor of the Year Awardees: Drs. Chad McCormick and Karl Pfeifer, 28 FARE winners, and Pediatric Endocrinology Grads, Drs. Ramnitz and Estrada
  • And a number of announcements—sign up now!
    • Grants: vital information for PRAT applicants, July 20
    • Full-Day College Teaching Workshop, August 26
    • NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair, July 15

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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.