Winter 2017

Bianchi Named to Top NIH Post

Neonatologist oversees national research agenda for child and family health.

03/22/2011 - Boston, Mass. Diana Bianchi, Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and and Vice Chair of Research, Tufts Medical Center, photographed on Tuesday, April 22, 2011. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Diana Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the genetics faculty at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, is the new director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an institute founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 that forms part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As director, Bianchi oversees research on pediatric health and development, maternal health, reproductive health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. With an annual budget of $1.3 billion, NICHD supports research grants and contracts at universities and other institutions across the country and overseas. In her new role, she Dguides international research efforts and federal policy around fetal, maternal, child and family health, among other areas.

A graduate of Stanford Medical School, Bianchi arrived at Tufts Medical Center in 1993 as chief of perinatal genetics. She served on the Tufts Medical Center board of trustees from 1997 to 2008, and in 2010 founded the Mother Infant Research Institute, where her research has focused on developing safer techniques for prenatal diagnosis and treatment in utero. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013.

“We can think of no better person to take on these responsibilities for our country,” said Mike Wagner, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children.

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