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National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
"The mission of the NICHD is 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.
The NICHD was established by congress in 1962 to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the events that occur during pregnancy.
Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities. Some of these topics include:
Reducing infant deaths;
Improving the health of women, men, and families;
Understanding reproductive health and fertility/infertility;
Learning about growth and development;
Examining, preventing and treating problems of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
Enhancing well-being of persons through the lifespan with optimal rehabilitation research. "