Vision Workshops
Finale Conference—"NICHD: Bringing the Vision Together"

Vision Workshops

To develop its scientific Vision, the NICHD held a series of workshops on each of the scientific Vision themes, with the help of nine workshop organizing groups. (PDF - 100 KB)

Workshop dates and themes are listed below:

The workshops took place in Bethesda, Maryland, beginning in January 2011 and ending in March 2011. They involved researchers, clinicians, policy experts, and others representing a range of disciplines, who addressed the following questions:

In the scientific area of [Vision theme], considering areas vital to the NICHD mission over the next ten years:
  1. What are compelling scientific research opportunities within the workshop thematic area that lie within the NICHD mission?
  2. To exploit these opportunities:
    • What basic, clinical, and translational research questions must be answered?
    • How would answering the questions affect public and global health?
    • What research tools, methods, or approaches should be developed to realize these scientific and public health opportunities?
  3. What innovative training and other workforce development activities should be pursued?

At the conclusion of each workshop, the organizers drafted a white paper summarizing the main ideas that emerged from the workshop to serve as the foundation for the NICHD scientific Vision.

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Finale Conference—"NICHD: Bringing the Vision Together"

The series of workshops culminated in a finale conference, in Leesburg, Virginia, on June 23-24, 2011. During this conference, participants provided further feedback to inform the development of the NICHD Scientific Vision statement.

The two-day conference was a working meeting that involved a diverse group of nearly 200 participants from a broad variety of disciplines and backgrounds in academia, government, professional societies, and other arenas. Participants spent Day 1 in breakout group discussions about major scientific opportunities related to the nine scientific theme areas and to transdisciplinary research and career development. NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for that day.

Day 2 featured presentations from the breakout groups and brief remarks by NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D. Day 2 of the conference was videocast and is available at External Web Site Policy.

The links below provide more information about the NICHD Vision finale conference:

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Last Reviewed: 09/29/2011