Dec 17, 2020
In this episode, guest host Becca O'Connor from the ASRM Office of Public Affairs, sits down with Dr. Diana Bianchi, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Bianchi shares insights into the NIH's history, mission, and vision, highlighting their focus on pediatric health, maternal health, reproductive health, and more.
With a strong emphasis on reproductive health, Dr. Bianchi sheds light on the diverse research areas covered by the NIH and its strategic plan and discusses the institute's priorities and collaborations with other institutes and organizations dedicated to child health research.
We also delve into the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the initial misconceptions about the impact of the virus on children and pregnant women, the subsequent recognition of their vulnerability, and the efforts made by the NIH to address their specific needs. She highlights the establishment of research consortia and initiatives aimed at improving testing technologies, studying the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and children, and understanding global trends like the increase in stillbirths.
Dr. Bianchi invites listeners to stay tuned for exciting funding opportunities that explore fertility status as a marker of overall health, among other topics. Join us in thanking Dr. Bianchi and her team for their incredible work in advancing research and improving the lives of women and children across the nation.
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