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The mission of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is to perform robust scientific and clinical research leading to a better understanding of biology and clinical pathology.  We have built a strong basic science foundation and coupled it closely with innovative technology development and outstanding clinical research both at the NIH Clinical Center and in partnership with local hospitals.  With over 60 Principal Investigators and 14 Core Facilities, the DIR is a substantial research program which requires strong scientific and administrative leadership to advance our ambitious goals.

Message from the Scientific Director

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides a unique environment for conducting innovative basic and clinical research. The purview of the research is broad, ranging from investigations of basic principles of molecular, cellular, and organ-level physiology to clarifying disease mechanisms to establishing new therapies for human diseases through clinical trials.
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The Office of the Scientific Director is responsible for programmatic oversight, review, and administration of the intramural research program at NHLBI. The Office of the Clinical Director, the Intramural Administrative Management Branch, the Scientific Information Office, and the Animal Program also guide and support the activities of the DIR.

Centers & Branches
The Centers and Branches organize the research efforts of our individual investigators into areas of special emphasis and excellence for the DIR program as a whole.  Much like departments in universities, Centers and Branches serve both an administrative role and as an intellectual focus for the research conducted within the DIR.

DIR News
August 28, 2014
Biophysical Society Names 2015 Award RecipientsExternal link Disclaimer
July 16, 2014
We are genetically linked to our friendsExternal link Disclaimer
July 11, 2014
NHLBI funds development of a bioresorbable scaffold for pediatric pulmonary artery stenosisExternal link Disclaimer
June 13, 2014
NIH scientists take totally tubular journey through brain cells

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