NIAID’s mission is to conduct and support research on infectious and immunologic diseases in an effort to improve the health of people everywhere. Developing new and improved medical tools, such as drugs and vaccines, begins with fundamental observations made in the laboratory. Researchers spend years conducting experiments to test and refine their theories. These efforts generate information and insights that continually bring us closer to solving the health challenges facing our nation and our world.
A key part of our research strategy is building partnerships with colleagues in academia, industry, the nonprofit sector, and other government agencies to help translate our scientific findings into practical medical applications. Promising leads are tested in human clinical trials, and if the results are successful, they may be further developed into medical products.
The NIAID Showcase highlights selected biomedical research advances in which NIAID has played a major role. Some advances have helped improve standards of health care in developing countries or resulted in novel vaccines against childhood diseases, while others have led to better laboratory techniques or opened entirely new avenues of research. All are snapshots of how public investment in biomedical research helps to move science forward and improve human health, in the United States and abroad.
Although the NIAID Showcase reflects notable achievements in our history of more than 60 years, it also looks ahead. With our sustained commitment to basic research and collaborations that help translate these findings into public health strategies and tools, we can expect exciting medical research progress for years to come.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Last Updated May 11, 2011
Last Reviewed February 10, 2011