NIH website for child health and human development

June 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: USA

The component of the National Institutes of Health that conducts and supports research on human development, medical rehabilitation, and the health of children, adults, families, and communities, has redesigned its website. The new National Institute of Child Health and Human Development site provides easy access to information for patients, the general public, scientists, and the news media.

?The new site provides fast and easy access to a wide array of information, from child health, to developmental disorders, to women?s health, to basic and clinical research,? said Duane Alexander, MD, director of the NICHD. ?This site is useful not only to people who need health information; it?s also a tool for scientists who need research information?

Since its creation by Congress in 1962, the NICHD?s diverse mission has encompassed research across the life span. The Institute?s research portfolio includes development before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. NICHD research has led to advances enabling millions of people in this country and around the world to lead healthier lives.

The NICHD?s new site has undergone major changes in content, navigational features, and design. One premier feature is an A to Z topics list, which offers information on health conditions, disorders, programmes, and topics. Reflective of the NICHD?s mission, these topics span the gamut, from autism, to endometriosis, to gestational diabetes, to reading disabilities. The site also links to corresponding NICHD publications and materials.

Moreover, users will find links to clinical trials (research studies involving volunteers) and to the Institute?s public education campaigns: Back to Sleep (reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome), Milk Matters (the importance of getting enough calcium during the preteen and teen years), and Media Smart Youth (teaches young people to evaluate media messages about nutrition and physical activity).

Scientific researchers coming to the NICHD website will find extensive information on the Institute?s research components and supported projects. Through a directory that is searchable by research specialty, researchers and potential grantees will now be able to find programme staff and scientists who share their research interests. Scientists seeking financial support for their own research projects or training will be able to access information tailored for their level of familiarity with the federal funding process or to the current stage of their research career.

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