National Institutes of Health News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a pivotal component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the nation’s primary agency responsible for biomedical and public health research. Founded in 1887 and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the NIH is composed of 27 separate institutes and centers, each focusing on different areas of medical research, such as cancer, infectious diseases, and mental health. The agency supports and conducts research on the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. Through its extensive research programs, the NIH aims to foster scientific discoveries and innovations to improve health, extend life, and reduce illness and disability. Its activities are central to global health advancements, influencing medical practices and policies worldwide.