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National Institutes of Health

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About Us

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers and is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. Visit jobs.nih.gov or irp.nih.gov to learn more. 

What Makes Us Unique

Since its founding 125 years ago, patients from across the United States and the World have come to the NIH for the most advanced treatments available. NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research worldwide by providing 50,000 competitive grants to 300,000 researchers. As a result of the NIH mission, the nation has the capacity to treat and prevent disease and to save lives. This inspiration, to contribute to improving human health and saving lives, makes NIH stand out as the place to work above all of the rest.

Experiences Of Employees At National Institutes of Health

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Dr. Veronica Alvarez

Investigator, Section on Neuronal Structure, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The NIH is a hub for scientific research turning discovery into health. There’s really no better time—or place—to be involved in science.

Growing up in Argentina, Dr. Veronica Alvarez saw the easy access her country had to cocaine from Bolivia, and she experienced the shock and fear o...

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