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NICHD's Broad Mission Spans Disciplines, Stages Of Life

Sidebar: National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) - For More Information ALL FOR ONE: "Our unifying theme is human development in all its aspects," explains NICHD director Duane Alexander. Since its founding nearly 35 years ago, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has undertaken an unusually broad mission. Rather than focus on a single disease, organ system, or stage of life, as do most other institutes of the National Institutes of Heal

Alison Mack

Sidebar: National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) - For More Information


ALL FOR ONE: "Our unifying theme is human development in all its aspects," explains NICHD director Duane Alexander.
Since its founding nearly 35 years ago, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has undertaken an unusually broad mission. Rather than focus on a single disease, organ system, or stage of life, as do most other institutes of the National Institutes of Health, NICHD supports and conducts research in diverse disciplines-for example, biophysics and social psychology-on topics that shape human life.

"Our unifying theme is human development in all its aspects," explains NICHD director Duane Alexander. "We look across the spectrum from prenatal phenomena to pregnancy and perinatology to childhood diseases to learning and behavioral development."

Such breadth has always marked NICHD. In fact, it required an act of Congress in 1962 to establish...

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