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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), completed its scientific Visioning process as the Institute approached its 50th anniversary. Beyond celebrating the past, this anniversary inspired the NICHD to set compelling research directions for the future.
This was no easy task. Established in 1962, the NICHD has a broad mission that challenges us to ensure that every person is born ...
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Scientific Vision: The Next Decade

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Overview

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), completed its scientific Visioning process as the Institute approached its 50th anniversary. Beyond celebrating the past, this anniversary inspired the NICHD to set compelling research directions for the future.
This was no easy task. Established in 1962, the NICHD has a broad mission that challenges us to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation.
NICHD science spans the understanding of the basic mechanisms that transform cells into healthy and effectively functioning individuals, to clinical studies that can improve the lifelong health and well-being of women, children, and those with disabilities. With a focus on strengthening the stewardship of the research enterprise and the 50th anniversary approaching, the time was right for the NICHD to explore, with its community of stakeholders, what we might achieve together within the next decade.
The NICHD scientific Visioning process began with Institute staff and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council identifying a set of broad themes to focus our science and discussions. These discussions were held in nine different workshops followed by a consensus-building meeting. In the process, the Institute convened more than 700 multidisciplinary experts, the vast majority from outside the NIH, to create this Vision and establish shared views of where and how to direct future research.
The resulting Vision statement includes key concepts derived from the workshops and the white papers they produced. The concepts are aggregated into seven distinct scientific areas, ranging from developmental biology to population dynamics. Each area encompasses both broad scientific goals and more specific research initiatives. These range from efforts involving the frontiers of molecular biology to investigations that can yield novel, evidence-based, public health interventions that can be adopted nationally and globally. In all cases, the concepts suggest future scientific directions, not just for NICHD, but for all of our research collaborators.
In the end, each of the workshops highlighted a similar theme—that the values and policies of the research enterprise must forge a positive future for the next generation of scientists and for society. This is addressed in the final section of this document, Conduct of Science.
Beyond creating a statement itself, the scientific Visioning process was designed to bring together diverse voices that could assemble and generate new perspectives for existing research problems and assist in identifying new opportunities. The Visioning process and the statement that follows acknowledge that we are entering a new and promising era in biomedical research. In the next decade, we must be ambitious and choose research questions not because they are the easiest to answer, but because they are the most important.
Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D.NICHD Director
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  • BN ID: 2940148878735
  • Publisher: ReadCycle
  • Publication date: 11/24/2013
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