NICHD - The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Official Home Page

The NICHD was initially founded to support investigations of human development throughout the entire life process, focusing on understanding intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), and illuminating important events that occur during pregnancy. Since then, the Institute has achieved many scientific advances in its pursuit to enhance lives throughout all stages of human development, from preconception through adulthood. Research supported and conducted by the NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many, has brought about novel and effective ways to fulfill these needs, and has helped improved the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations.