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2-057 - The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Child Health and So Much More

Fri, March 22, 10:00 to 11:30am, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 310

Session Type: Invited Address

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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is undertaking a strategic planning process to articulate its scientific priorities for the next five years. The presentation will outline the process that has taken place thus far, including extensive efforts to obtain stakeholder input. An overview of the draft research themes, as well as cross-cutting topics will highlight potential roles for child development research in NICHD priorities moving forward. In addition, the evidence supporting decisions regarding prioritizing certain funding mechanisms for support of trainees will be presented. It is important to note that NICHD only funds 18% of child health research across NIH. Therefore, the presentation will also include a discussion of the recent formation of the trans-NIH Pediatric Research Consortium and other programs of interest, including the Healthy Brain and Child Development study.

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Diana W. Bianchi is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and an associate investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She received her M.D. from Stanford and her postgraduate training in Pediatrics, Medical Genetics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is board-certified in all three specialties. Dr. Bianchi’s research focuses on noninvasive prenatal screening and development of novel fetal therapies for genetic disorders. Dr. Bianchi has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and is one of four authors of Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient, which won the Association of American Publishers award for best textbook in clinical medicine in 2000. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis’ (ISPD) official journal, Prenatal Diagnosis. She has held multiple leadership positions, including President of the ISPD and the Perinatal Research Society, council membership in the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, and served as a board member for the American Society for Human Genetics. Dr. Bianchi has received multiple awards, including the 2015 Neonatal Landmark Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 2016 Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, the 2017 Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical Genetics from the March of Dimes, and the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2013 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.