The National Institutes of Health

About the NIH

NIH’s goal is to discover and acquire more knowledge about the nature and living things in the world. NIH is constructed up of 27 different institutes and centers, and every center has different researching topic. NIH is located at Bethesda, Maryland, and is the largest largest health researching campus in the world.

The History of NIH

The NIH was first founded in 1887, when a group of scientists created a small lab with one room in the Marine Hospital Service (MHS). NIH was then its own campus in 1949. NIH has and is still helping to find cures for deadly diseases, such as yellow fever, cholera, malaria, Ebola, etc,

NIH's Biggest Accomplishments

NIH studies a lot of diseases and help save peoples' lives. Without the NIH, then many diseases such as yellow fever and cholera might even be around today. NIH also "grows cells," which helps save the lives of many people in need. In 2005, diabetes researchers in NIH found ways to help prevent type two diabetes, and gave people tips of how to stay healthy and recover. NIH has also researched and found cures for deadly diseases such as Cholera, Yellow Fever, and currently, Ebola.

Important People

NIH has many employees which are all just as important, but a few people have more on their hand than everybody else. Francis Collins is the director of NIH. He keeps the NIH flowing and in place, and directs normal activity flow. Without Collins, then many diseases and cures may not have been discovered yet without his organization. John Gallin controls the normal activity flow and actions in the clinical center, the largest building in the NIH. This is where many people research mammals and grow cells. John Gallin keeps the clinical center organized, and helps sick patients there also. Stephen Chanock regulates activity in the cancer research branch. He and his workers research and find specific details about cancer, and allows the entire world to develop an efficient understanding. He also helps train future cancer researchers, preparing them for any situtuation

Why Are These People Important?

All of these people work their hardest at NIH, not just as a job, but for the health of everyone in the world. Everyday, these people are busier than anyone else, just to help make sure that the health of every person and living thing is safe.

NIH can Help With Our Past

NIH has many ways to help with a better understanding of our past or history. NIH has a branch called the GGG, or the genetics and genomics group, which studies evolution. By studying evolution, then people will have a better understanding on how some organisms might have came to roam on the Earth. Also, NIH studies many really old diseases and can give people a better understanding about what the people in the past did wrong that started these diseases, and how we can prevent it. By studying the past, then NIH finds ways to make our futures a lot easier.