National Institute of Child Health and Human Development welcomes new director
Bianchi will assume her new responsibilities on Oct. 31, which are to include supervising research for pediatric health and development, reproductive health, maternal health, and development and intellectual disabilities.
“Diana’s accomplishments as a prenatal geneticist, along with her leadership, clinical and research experience in both pediatrics and obstetrics, make her ideally suited to lead NICHD,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, said. “We are excited to have her join our team and lead this important area of research.”
NICHD boasts a yearly budget amounting to approximately $1.3 billion. These funds are used for contracts and research grants at various institutions and universities in the U.S. and abroad. There is also an intramural research program made up of scientists who are based at NIH.
The goal of NICHD is to improve human lives throughout all of its developmental stages. The organization is concerned with human life beginning at preconception and ending in adulthood. It seeks to help communities, families, children and adults.