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Trade Show: NIH Research Festival Exhibit
September 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - September 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm EDT
Begun as a one-room laboratory of Hygiene in 1887, the National Institutes of Health today is one of the world’s foremost biomedical research centers, and the Federal focal point for biomedical research in the U.S.
The NIH mission is to expand fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to improve and develop new strategies for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and communicate the results of research with the goal of improving health. NIH works toward that mission
by: conducting research in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federalscientistsinuniversities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering communication of biomedical information.
The NIH is one of eight health
agencies of the Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Comprised of 28 separate Institutes and Centers, NIH has 85 buildings on more than 300 acres in Bethesda, MD. From a total of about $300 in 1887, the NIH budget has grown to exceed $32 billion in 2018.
Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold.
Scientific progress depends mainly on the scientist. About 50,000 principal investigators – working in every state and in several foreign countries, from every specialityinmedicine, everybiomedical discipline, and at every major university and medical school – receive NIH extramural funding to explore unknown areas of biomedical science.
The National Institutes of Health serves the American public through the support and conduct of medical research. We have reached the dawn of a new century in which the average life expectancy in the United States has increased by nearly 30 years – an accomplishment realized in part, by research-based improvements in health. Continued improvements in the practice of medicine and health
are possible, if we are prepared to take advantage of the achievements in fundamental science and informatics, including advanced computing imaging.
The FY 2019 program level for the NIH is $34.8 billion. As a result of this continued high level funding of its budget, the Institutes and Centers (ICs) at the NIH have many new research initiatives underway, all of which will be continuedinFY2019andbeyond.This continued support of medical research will pay real dividends in the years to come – dividends in the form of new scientific knowledge, new treatments, new diagnostic tools, new cures, and new ways to prevent disease before it strikes.