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Health Information
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 narcotics?
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 research institutions?
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 of NIH?
Event schedules - Where can I find information about NIH-sponsored conferences and events?

Scientific Resources
NIH Image software - Where can I find information about the NIH Image software package?
Research standards - Who is responsible for the assurance of proper conduct of research?
Stem cells - Where can I locate information about stem cell research?
NIH Medical Research Strategy - What is the NIH Roadmap and where can I find more information?

About NIH
Mission - What is the National Institutes of Health?
Location - Where is the NIH located?
Visitors - Where can I get information about visiting the NIH campus now that new security measures are in place?
Mailing address - What is the main mailing address of NIH?
Toll-free number - Does NIH have a toll-free telephone number?
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?

NIH Website
Ownership - Who owns and operates the NIH website?
Purpose - What's the purpose of the NIH Website and how does it serve the public?
More Information - 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?
NIH Photographs - Where can I find NIH photographs?

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Health Information

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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 investigation.

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Does the NIH provide advice for specific medical conditions?

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 health questions.

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/.

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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.

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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.

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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 (NIDA).

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Where can I go for information about clinical trials?

ClinicalTrials.gov, provides information on federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at thousands of locations nationwide at http://clinicaltrials.gov.

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Where can I find information about alternative medicine?

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.

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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.

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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:
Mental Health
Cancer
Eye
Drug Abuse
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Dental Health
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Statistics Information from CDC:
Disease Control and Prevention
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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 site (http://www2.niaid.nih.gov/biodefense/)

Grants and Funding

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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.

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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.

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Where can I find information about NIH Loan Repayment Programs?

NIH LRPs are a vital component of our nation’s 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 Repayment benefits.

News and Events

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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.

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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.

What's Happening at NIH? is a monthly listing of NIH-sponsored meetings and events of interest to the media.

Scientific Resources

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Where can I find information about NIH Image (the software package)?

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.

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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.

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Where can I locate information about stem cell research?

Visit the NIH Stem Cell information page.

About NIH

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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.

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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
Building 1
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.

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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.

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What is the main mailing address of NIH?

Our mailing address is:

National Institutes of Health
Building 1
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Other NIH street addresses are available in a searchable database at http://dss.ors.od.nih.gov/mail/bldgindex.htm.

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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.

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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 http://teledirectory.nih.gov/.

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How can I contact the Director of the NIH?

Mailing address:
Director, NIH
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

E-mail: execsec1@od.nih.gov
Web site: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm.

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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.

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Where can I find information about the NIH budget?

A link to the current budget is available on our News and Events page at http://www.nih.gov/news/. 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/.

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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.

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How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request?

Information regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may be found at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/foia/index.htm.

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Where can I find out about quality of information at NIH?

Our Information Quality site contains guidelines, policy and instructions on requesting a correction.

What is the NIH Roadmap and where can I find more information?

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 at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov.

Jobs at NIH

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Where can I find information about employment opportunities at NIH?

Information about employment opportunities at NIH may be found at www.jobs.nih.gov.

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Where can I find information about summer internships?

Information about summer internships may be found at http://www.jobs.nih.gov/summer.htm.

NIH Website

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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.

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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 its mission;
  • Scientific program, policy, and planning documents;
  • General information about the agency, its history, organizational structure, staff, and facilities.
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Where can I find more information about the NIH Website?

For more information about the NIH Website, contact the
Online Information Branch, OCPL
Phone: 301-435-2932
E-mail: olib@mail.nih.gov

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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.

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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.

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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 revisions.

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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.

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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.

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Where can I find NIH photographs?

Please visit our photo-gallery page, http://www.nih.gov/about/nihphotos.htm.

 

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