BY: Maddie and Rachel


The NICHD was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the "complex process of human development from conception to old age." The NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.

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HOW THEY HELP- Research Programs

  • Events that happen prior to and throughout pregnancy, as well as during childhood, have a great impact on the health and well-being of children and adults
  • Human growth and development is a life-long process that has many phases and functions. Much of the research in this area focuses on cellular, molecular, and developmental biology to build understanding of the mechanisms and interactions that guide a single fertilized egg through its development into a multicellular, highly organized adult organism
  • Learning about the reproductive health of women and men and educating people about reproductive practices is important to both individuals and societies.
  • Developing medical rehabilitation interventions can improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities
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It gives families a good idea of how to properly care for a disabled child.


John F Kennedy was supporting his sister Eunice in her research studies on human development, human disabilities were never talked about until this event happened and he brought them out of the shadows and into the light.