NICHD Setting Research Vision for Next Decade

The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development is seeking input from scientific, policy, and public health experts on creating an “ambitious but achievable” Vision Statement for the next decade.

NICHD expects to publish its final scientific vision by December 2011. Its objectives are to inspire the research community to achieve critical scientific goals and meet pressing public health needs.

The development process will include a series of workshops, held in Bethesda, MD, on each of NICHD’s scientific vision themes:

  • Development
  • Plasticity
  • Cognition
  • Behavior
  • Reproduction
  • Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Environment
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics

FABBS has consulted with a number of its member scientific societies and submitted the names of researchers with relevant expertise who could participate in the development of this vision. Experts attending these workshops will identify compelling, scientific research opportunities (basic, clinical, and translational) for the Institute; the research tools, methods, and approaches needed to address these scientific and public health challenges; and innovative training and workforce development activities.

NICHD continues to seek input from the public. All questions and comments should be sent to