|Health conditions - Where can I find
information about a specific disease?
|Medical advice - Does the NIH provide
advice about specific medical conditions?
|Medical treatment - Can I receive
medical treatment at the NIH?
|Doctor referrals - Can the NIH recommend
medical specialists or hospitals in my area?
|Drug information - Where can I go to
learn about prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and
|Clinical trials - Where can I go for
information about clinical trials?
|Alternative Medicine - Where can I
find information about alternative medicine?
|Healthy volunteers - Can I volunteer
for NIH research studies even if I'm healthy?
|Health Statistics - Does NIH provide
statistical information on health and disease topics?
|Bioterrorism - Where can I go
for information about Anthrax and other biological agents?
Grants and Funding
|Grants - Where can I find grant information?
|Research Training - Where can I go
for information about research training opportunities at NIH and other
|Loan Repayment - Where can I find information
about the NIH Clinical, Pediatric, Health Disparities, and Contraception
and Infertility Loan Repayment Programs?
News and Events
|Research advances - Where
can I find information about the latest research advances coming out
|Event schedules - Where can I find
information about NIH-sponsored conferences and events?
|Mission - What is the National Institutes
|Location - Where is the NIH located?
|Visitors - Where can I get information
about visiting the NIH campus now that new security measures are in
|Mailing address - What is the
main mailing address of NIH?
|Toll-free number - Does NIH have a toll-free
|Staff directory - How can I locate an
NIH employee address, phone number, and e-mail address?
|NIH Director - How can I contact the
Director of the NIH?
|Public Involvement - Can I become
involved in NIH activities?
|NIH budget - Where can I find information
about the NIH budget?
|Business opportunities - Where can
I find information about conducting business with NIH?
|FOIA requests - How do I submit a Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) request?
|Information Quality - Where can
I find out about quality of information at NIH?
Jobs at NIH
|Jobs - Where can I find information
about employment opportunities at NIH?
|Internships - Where can I find information
about summer internships?
Who owns and operates the NIH website?
What's the purpose of the NIH Website and how does it serve the public?
- Where can I find more information about the NIH Website?
|Privacy - Does NIH have
a privacy notice posted online?
|Updates - How often is the
NIH Web site updated?
|Copyright - Is the content
on our website copyrighted or free to use?
|Linking to NIH - May I link
to the NIH Web site?
|Links from NIH - Will the
NIH link to my Web site?
- Where can I find NIH photographs?
Can't find an answer to your question? Contact us at NIHinfo.
Where can I find information about a specific disease?
The NIH Health Information page at http://health.nih.gov
provides access to Institute and Center resources based on scientific
Does the NIH provide advice for specific medical
The NIH web site does not offer personalized medical advice to individuals
about their condition or treatment. The resources on this site should
not be used as a substitute for professional medical care and we urge
you to work with your medical care providers for answers to your personal
If you have a medical question, please visit the Health Information
page (http://health.nih.gov) on
the NIH web site. You should also visit MEDLINEplus at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/.
We've found that a large percentage of the questions about NIH on-line
resources can be answered by browsing our index pages or by using the
NIH Search Engine at http://www.nih.gov/google/google.search.nih.html.
If you have questions that relate to specific foods, or prescription,
or over-the-counter drugs, you should visit the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) web site http://www.fda.gov/.
Can I receive medical treatment at the NIH?
NIH is a medical research organization. As such, we only enroll patients
who are participating in one of our clinical studies. These trials span
a wide range of diseases and conditions. For information about clinical
trials, go to http://clinicaltrials.gov.
Can the NIH recommend medical specialists or hospitals
in my area?
No. However, please visit Healthfinder at http://www.healthfinder.gov/
for information on choosing quality care.
Where can I go to learn about prescription medications,
over-the-counter drugs, and narcotics?
NIH's National Library of Medicine provides a guide to over 9,000 prescription
and over-the-counter medications on its MEDLINEplus
Web site. For the latest information on drug approvals and safety
warnings, consult the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) Web site. For information about drug abuse and addiction, visit
the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Where can I go for information about clinical
ClinicalTrials.gov, provides information on federal and private medical
studies involving patients and others at thousands of locations nationwide
Where can I find information about alternative
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (NCCAM)
web site is located at http://nccam.nih.gov/.
NCCAM conducts and supports basic and applied research and training
and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine
to practitioners and the public.
Can I volunteer for NIH research studies even
if I'm healthy?
The NIH Clinical Center provides an opportunity for healthy
volunteers to participate in medical research studies (sometimes
called protocols or trials). Healthy volunteers provide researchers
with important information for comparison with people who have specific
illnesses. Every year, nearly 3,500 healthy volunteers participate in
studies at NIH. Visit the Clinical
Research Volunteer Program to learn about the benefits of volunteering.
Does NIH provide statistical information on health
and disease topics?
Some NIH Institutes have established special on-line areas to provide
statistical information. Visit the following links for information on:
mental health, cancer, eye disease, drug abuse, deafness and communication
disorders, dental, or diabetes, digestive diseases, kidney and urologic
diseases, and excessive weight.
Statistics Information from NIH:
Statistics Information from CDC:
Where can I go for information about biological
agents & other threats and NIH's Bio-Defense efforts?
We believe the best source of information on these topics can be found
on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response site (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/),
which is operated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For information
about NIH's bio-defense efforts, please visit the NIAID Bio-defense
Grants and Funding
Where can I find grant information?
Information regarding funding opportunities from NIH may be found at
the Grants Page at http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm.This
page provides information about NIH grant and fellowship programs, policy
changes, administrative responsibilities of awardees, the Computer Retrieval
of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) database, and the numbers
and characteristics of awards made by the NIH.
Where can I go for information about research
training opportunities at NIH and other research institutions?
Visit our Research
Training Opportunities page. This site brings together information
about the intramural and extramural training opportunities offered by
all of NIH's Institutes and Centers.
Where can I find information about NIH Loan Repayment
NIH LRPs are a vital component of our nations efforts to attract
health professionals to careers in clinical, pediatric, health disparity,
or contraceptive and infertility research. Visit www.lrp.nih.gov
for all the details and to complete an online application for NIH Loan
News and Events
Where can I find information about
the latest research advances coming out of NIH?
A good place to retrieve information about the latest advances coming
from NIH would be to review the press
release area of our News page. If you want to search just the press
releases, see our Press
Release Archives Search. An historical list of selected research
advances is available at http://www.nih.gov/about/researchadvances.htm.
Where can I find information about NIH-sponsored
conferences and events?
The NIH Calendar of Events, or "Yellow Sheet," is
located at http://calendar.nih.gov/.
It lists NIH-sponsored meetings and other meetings of interest to both
employees and the general public. It is updated daily and the listed
meetings are free and open to the public.
at NIH? is a monthly listing of NIH-sponsored meetings and events
of interest to the media.
Where can I find information about NIH Image (the
NIH Image is a public domain image processing and analysis program
for the Macintosh. It was developed at the Research Services Branch
(RSB) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH). The software is located at http://rsb.info.nih.gov/nih-image/Default.html.
Who is responsible for the assurance of proper
conduct of research?
The emergence of several abuses of the research process has generated
some confusion about which office handles what type of abuse within
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The attached document
(http://ori.dhhs.gov/) was prepared
to help clarify the matter.
Where can I locate information about stem cell
Visit the NIH Stem Cell
What is the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?
Founded in 1887, the National Institutes of Health today is one of
the world's foremost medical research centers, and the Federal focal
point for medical research in the United States. The NIH, comprising
27 separate Institutes and Centers, 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.
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. The NIH mission
is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone.
NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research in its own laboratories;
supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical
schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country
and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering
communication of medical and health sciences information.
Where is the NIH located?
The main campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is located
in Bethesda, Maryland. Our main mailing address is:
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Information about how to get to NIH is located at http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/index.htm.
Maps of campus and of the local area are located at http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/index.htm#maps.
NIH scientists conduct their research in laboratories located on the
main campus in Bethesda, and in several field units across the country
and abroad. The NIH also has facilities in the Rockville, Maryland area
and the NCI Frederick Cancer Research
and Development Center (FCRDC) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD.
The National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences' main facility is located in Research Triangle Park
(RTP) in North Carolina.
Other laboratory facilities include the NIH Animal Center in Poolesville,
MD; the National
Institute on Aging's Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore, MD;
the Division of Intramural
Research of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, also in Baltimore;
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Rocky Mountain
Laboratories in Hamilton, MT, and several smaller field stations.
Where can I get information about visiting
the NIH campus now that new security measures are in place?
The National Institutes of Health, like all Federal Government facilities,
has recently instituted new security measures to ensure the safety of
NIH employees and property. This web site, http://www.nih.gov/about/visitorsecurity.htm
will provide you with information you need to know about entering the
NIH campus and its buildings, parking and transportation on the campus,
and other new security measures in place.
What is the main mailing address of NIH?
Our mailing address is:
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Other NIH street addresses are available in a searchable database at
Does NIH have a toll-free telephone number?
Toll-free Information Hotlines may be found at http://www.nih.gov/health/infoline.htm.
The main number for NIH is (301) 496-4000.
How can I locate an NIH employee address, phone
number, and email address?
The NIH email and phone directory for NIH employees may be found at
How can I contact the Director of the NIH?
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Web site: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm.
Can I become involved in NIH activities?
Yes, for more information, visit http://getinvolved.nih.gov/.
The purpose of the site is to provide information about NIH's many outreach
efforts, including nationwide NIH-sponsored events and activities; new
publications and resources for the public; health campaigns; and various
avenues for public feedback.
Where can I find information about the NIH budget?
A link to the current budget is available on our News and Events page
More information about the NIH budget can be found at our Office of
Financial Management, their site is located at http://www4.od.nih.gov/ofm/.
Where can I find information about conducting
business with NIH?
A number of Web pages have been developed to help you do business with
NIH. If you are a small business, bookmark the NIH
Small Business Office page to take advantage of monthly seminars
on "Conducting Business with NIH." Information about contracts
and other business opportunities can also be found at the NIH
Office of Acquisition and Management Policy. We also encourage you
to register your business with the NIH
e-Portals in Commerce (e-PIC) system, which will allow NIH buyers
to quickly find your organization when searching for products and services.
How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act
Where can I find out about quality of information
Information regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may
be found at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/foia/index.htm.
Our Information Quality
site contains guidelines, policy and instructions on requesting a correction.
What is the NIH Roadmap and where can I find
The NIH Roadmap is an effort to transform the nation's medical research
capabilities and speed the movement of research discoveries from the
bench to the bedside. For complete information, visit the Roadmap site
Jobs at NIH
Where can I find information about employment
opportunities at NIH?
Information about employment opportunities at NIH may be found at www.jobs.nih.gov.
Where can I find information about summer internships?
Information about summer internships may be found at http://www.jobs.nih.gov/summer.htm.
Who owns and operates the NIH website?
The NIH Website at www.nih.gov is maintained by the Office of Communications
and Public Liaison (OCPL), which is part of the Office of the Director,
NIH. Technical support and hosting of the system is provided by NIH's
Center for Information Technology. Collectively, large segments of NIH
Web space are owned and operated by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers
that comprise NIH.
What's the purpose of the NIH Website and how
does it serve the public?
The purpose of the NIH Website is to support the mission of our agency.
NIH conducts scientific investigation in pursuit of fundamental knowledge
about the nature and behavior of living systems. NIH applies that knowledge
to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
As part of our mission we direct programs for the collection, dissemination,
and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development
and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians
and other health information specialists. The NIH Website serves the
public by offering ready access to:
- Clinical studies;
- Health and wellness information;
- Information on obtaining research funding;
- Research resources and library resources;
- News, events, and educational activities related to NIH and
- Scientific program, policy, and planning documents;
- General information about the agency, its history, organizational
structure, staff, and facilities.
Where can I find more information about the
For more information about the NIH Website, contact the
Online Information Branch, OCPL
Does NIH have a privacy notice posted online?
Yes, NIH does have a privacy notice, it can be found at http://www.nih.gov/about/privacy.htm.
How often is the NIH Web site updated?
The NIH web site is not just one site but a large collection of sites--over
150 servers. Some areas are updated daily while others may not be updated
for weeks or months.
Is the content on our website copyrighted
or free to use?
Most of the information on our site is in the public domain and can
be used without charge or restriction.
There are a few exceptions. For example, some resources, such as the
interactive health tutorials found on NIH's National Library of Medicine
Website are restricted in their use. Copyrighted materials will include
a copyright statement. Another item restricted in its use is the NIH
logo. Our logo should not be used to misrepresent our agency nor should
it be used to suggest we endorse any private organization, product,
or service. Also, some materials that can be ordered from our site are
subject to cost-recovery fee; however, in most cases, a single copy
of any NIH publication can be ordered for free.
While you can reuse content found on our site, please note that many
of our on-line health publications are updated as we learn more about
that specific disease or condition. Occasionally, we see sites that
copy and re-post our materials but fail to check for updates, which
results in out-of-date information being offered to users. For that
reason, we urge you to link to our resource documents rather than re-posting.
If you do re-post, please check back periodically to see if there are
May I link to the NIH Web site?
Unless noted otherwise, it is safe to assume that information posted
on public Web sites within the "NIH.GOV" domain are considered
to be "in the public domain." As such, you are free to establish
links to NIH on-line resources. In establishing such links, we do ask
that you avoid creating the impression that NIH is endorsing or promoting
any particular product or service.
Will the NIH link to my web site?
As a Federal agency, NIH cannot endorse or promote commercial or individual
interests or services. In some cases, where the information serves the
public good and is consistent with our mission, we may include an outside
link to an external resource; however these need to be examined on a
case-by-case basis. In general, the web developer of each particular
site determines when links to outside entities are justified.
Where can I find NIH photographs?
Please visit our photo-gallery page, http://www.nih.gov/about/nihphotos.htm.