At a virtual Town Hall, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins introduced the issue of “achieving racial equity at NIH and at the institutions we fund” as one “of paramount importance.” Instead of shrinking from the problem, NIH seeks to confront it head on.
Creating the conditions for resilience involves all kinds of positive forces interacting. At a recent NIMH innovation lecture, Dalhousie University's Dr. Michael Ungar discusses efforts to bolster resilience among children in high-risk environments.
For three decades, the Children’s Inn at NIH has helped to advance medical research by improving the lives of patients enrolled in clinical research studies and their families, said NICHD director Dr. Diana Bianchi. “The inn improves the quality of the entire experience not only for the patient him- or herself but also for extended family,” said Bianchi during a virtual Children’s Inn Discovery Session.
Early in the pandemic, NIH quickly mobilized on multiple fronts—one of which was the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative—with the goal of helping to meet the huge demand for fast, accurate Covid-19 tests. One year and 300 million Covid tests later, NIH celebrates and reflects on the achievement.
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Retina showing reticular pseudodrusen. A clinical study led by the National Eye Institute will follow 500 people over 5 years to learn more about the natural history of early agerelated macular degeneration (AMD). By using the latest technologies to visualize structures within the eye and measure their function, researchers hope to identify biomarkers of disease progression, well before it advances to late-stage disease and causes vision loss.