As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), is America’s foremost medical research agency. The organization was founded in 1887 to protect the nation’s health, and now comprises 27 individual Institutes and Centers. The NIH aims to foster scientific and health-related discoveries that can help Americans live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Much of the NIH’s research is focused on the prevention and treatment of all diseases, from common colds and flus to rare genetic disorders. Over the years, the organization has had much success. Thanks to the NIH’s efforts, many diseases that were considered fatal just a few decades ago, like childhood Leukemia or HIV/AIDs, have viable treatment options and markedly improved cure rates. The NIH’s work has contributed to a nearly 70% drop in heart disease and a 27% decrease in cancer deaths.
The NIH seeks to educate the general public and healthcare professionals on the latest health-related developments. With various training opportunities, science education for students of all ages, and robust library resources, the NIH helps all individuals better understand their personal health or the health of their patients
Location: National Institutes of Health (NIH), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Primary Emphasis: NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities, and outlook.