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NIH Webcasts of Historical Interest



NIH Almanac
Published annually, the Almanac presents pertinent facts about the NIH and includes a chapter on NIH history. For mission statements, important events, and legislative chronologies for each NIH Institute, go to

Watch President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicate the NIH campus on October 31,1940
The text of this speech can be found on page 48 of “70 Acres of Science”.

Origins of the National Institutes of Health: The Flags and Organizations under Which It Has Served
An exhibit prepared for the NIH Centennial observance in 1987.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Information about NIH's parent agency.



Below are links to selective websites and history sections of the National Institutes of Health. To visit each of the Institutes please go to

Center for Information Technology-CIT
Important Events in CIT History

Center for Scientific Review - CSR
Pages From Our History

The Julius Axelrod Papers
National Library of Medicine - Profiles in Science

National Cancer Institute - NCI
National Cancer Institute Factbook and Information

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI
NHLBI Overview and Planning Documents
NHLBI Fact Book
Framingham Heart Study - 50 Years of Research Success
Sickle Cell Research for Treatment and Cure
From Public Advocacy To Research Priorities, NHLBI Listens And Responds

National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI
Understanding Our Genetic Inheritance: The U.S. Human Genome Project: The First Five Years: Fiscal Years 1991-1995

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIAID
NIAID Institute Facts

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - NIDCD
Important Events in NIDCD History

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR
The Story of Fluoridation

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK
NIDDK's History

National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA
Milestones in NIDA History

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS
A Brief History of NIEHS

National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIGMS
40 Years of Discovery: From Molecules to Medicine

National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH
NIMH History

National Institute of Nursing Research - NINR
Important Events in NINR History

National Library of Medicine
History of the Medicine Division, NLM
Exhibitions in the History of Medicine
We Were Here First: The History of the NLM Site, 1000 BC - 1955 AD

The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, and is responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components.



The Office of NIH History list of former Stetten Fellows talks. Please check with the NIH Office of Public Liaison if copies are available.

  • Lisa Walker, “From Discovery to Control: History of Live Virus Vaccines at NIAID's Laboratory of Infectious Diseases,” June 1, 2006
  • Claudia Wassmann, “Imaging the Brain, Finding Emotion: A History of Brain Imaging and Research in Emotion at the NIH,” January 24, 2006.
  • Leo Slater, “A History of Service: Malaria Research at NIAID,” November 8, 2005.
  • Victoria A. Harden, “'An Indescribable Experience': NIH Researchers and the AIDS Epidemic, 1981-1990,” September 22, 2005.
  • Maya Ponte, “Surprising Prions: New Twists in the Tale of a Novel Infectious Agent,” July 11, 2005.
  • Thomas Söderqvist, “The Seven Virtues of Biography, or: What's the Use of Biographies of Life Scientists?” September 21, 2004.
  • Sara Shostak, “Pathways to Public Health: Research with Genetically Modified Mouse Models at the NIEHS,” July 8, 2004.
  • “A Celebration of Nursing at the Clinical Center: A conversation with Vernice Ferguson,” May 6, 2004.
  • Maxine Singer, “George Beadle and the Emergence of Genetics as a Molecular Science,” February 17, 2004.
  • Valerie Williams, “From Bedside-to-Bench and Back: A History of the First Effective Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease,” November 4, 2003.
  • Alan Kraut, “Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader,” September 22, 2003.
  • NICHD 40th anniversary Hall of Honor induction, September 22, 2003.
  • “NIMH and NINDB Intramural Research in the 1950s,” April 11, 2003.
  • “Julie at 90: A Symposium in Honor of the Lifetime Achievements of Dr. Julius Axelrod in Biomedical Sciences,” May 31, 2002.
  • Donald Fredrickson, “Recombinant DNA: Science, Politics, and the Public Interest, 1974-1981,” December 11, 2001.

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Last updated: 15 September 2014
First published: 2 February 2005
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