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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 August 2015 Issue is Online!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Below is the link to our August issue with a focus on science communication, featuring:

  • Promoting Your Work with the NICHD Public Communication Branch, by Dr. Anthony Hickey
  • Write-ups from our 2015 Poster Award-Winning Postbacs
    • Nicket Dedhia (Yanovski lab)
    • Vy Duong (Pfeifer lab)
    • Daniel Flores (Pfeifer lab)
    • Jung Park (Hoffman lab)
    • Maya Sangesland (Levin lab)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Tabor (Burgess lab), 1st place winner at the 2015 TmT competition
  • Upcoming events
    • Summer Poster Day, August 6  
    • Workshops for Public Speaking (August 18) and College Teaching (August 26)
    • and more—BioArt competition and science policy fellowship for scientists

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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.