NICHD requests feedback on 10 year Scientific Vision Process

At this stage in the process, the Institute would like the input of a wide range of stakeholders, including scientists, new investigators and external organizations

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is soliciting input from the scientific community as it continues work on its Scientific Vision Process that was announced last year by NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher. At this stage in the process, the Institute would like the input of a wide range of stakeholders, including scientists, new investigators and external organizations on the white papers that were produced by participants in the workshops held around the nine themes identified last year.

The nine themes are development, plasticity, cognition, behavior, reproduction, pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, developmental origins of health and disease, environment, and diagnostics and therapeutics. Recognizing that some topics cut across many of these themes, the Institute incorporated the following crosscutting issues: systems biology, training and mentoring, animal and computational models, differences/disparities across populations, stem cells, epigenetics, bioinformatics, analytical and measurement tools and methods, bioethics, biotechnologies/ bioengineering including assistive and related technologies, implementation science, nutrition, global health, prevention, and developmental trajectory.

Five of the white papers, including Behavior, have now been posted to the Vision Process website and NICHD is interested in your feedback, particularly in input regarding any perceived gaps in the white papers, i.e., any key scientific opportunities related to the Vision themes that are not in the white papers but that merit attention. Please submit comments for all white papers by June 10, 2011.

As APA will also be commenting on the White Papers, we would appreciate if you could also share your comments with us by emailing them to Karen Studwell, Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer within APA’s Science Government Relations Office.