Chapter 5: Health and Mental Health
Section 11: National Institutes of Health
MEDLINE Plus is a searchable database of information on diseases, medical conditions, treatments, related organizations, etc.
Conducts and supports research programs to understand the causes of cancer; prevent, detect, diagnose, treat, and control cancer; and disseminates information to the practitioner, patient and public.
NIDDK research creates knowledge about and treatments for diseases that are among the most chronic, costly, and consequential for patients, their families, and the Nation.
Conducts and supports eye research. Provides a low vision education program, clinical studies database, and information on eye diseases and health conditions causing blindness. Focuses on preservation of sight as well as on the special health problems and requirements of people who are blind.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood disorders and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world.
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.
This institute works to bridge the two sciences, biological and physical, to create new technologies to improve health.
The NICHD Information Resource Center provides information to the public on health issues within the NICHD research portfolio.
NICHD’s mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.
The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) research creates knowledge about and treatments for diseases that are among the most chronic, costly, and consequential for patients, their families, and the Nation.
This institutes works to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) works to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Supports and conducts research on the nervous system and on the causes, treatment and prevention of more than 600 nervous system disorders including stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, head and spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's Disease and brain tumors. Direct link: www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/stroke.htm
National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.
National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.
Conducts and supports research on hearing and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language.
National Institute on Drug Abuse's mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
The NIH Health Information Index provides a direct link to different institutes providing information, research and/or clinical trials related to various medical conditions.
National Institutes of Health toll free information lines:
- AIDS/HIV Treatment, Prevention and Research - 800-HIV-0440 Voice
- Aging - 800-222-2225 Voice, 800-222-4225 TTY
- Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - 301-443-3860 Voice
- Alzheimer's Disease - 800-438-4380 Voice, 800-222-4225 TTY
- Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - 877-226-4267 Voice, 301-565-2966 TTY
- Back to Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - 800-505-2742 Voice
- Basic Research on Cells, Proteins, and Genes - 301-496-7301 Voice
- Cancer 800-422-6237 Voice
- Child Health and Human Development 800-370-2943
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine (English and Spanish) - 888-644-6226, 866-464-3615 Voice/TTY
- Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - 800-241-1044 Voice, 800-241-1055 TTD/TTY
- Drug Abuse and Addiction - 877-643-2644 Voice, 240-645-0228 TDD
- Genetic and Rare Diseases - 888-205-2311 Voice
- Eye Diseases - 301-496-5248 Voice
- Extramural Research Grants - 301-435-0714 Voice
- Global Health - 301-496-2075 Voice
- Heart, Lung, and Blood - 301-592-8573 Voice, 240-629-3255 TTY
- Human Genome Research - 301-402-0911 Voice
- National Library of Medicine - 888-346-3656 Voice
- Mental Health and Mental Illness - 301-443-4513 Voice, 301-443-8431 TTY
- Neurological Disorders 800-352-9424 Voice
- Nursing Research - 301-496-0207 Voice
- Oral Health - 301-402-7364 Voice
- Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - 800-624-2663 Voice, 202-223-0344 Voice, 202-466-4315 TTY
- Clinical Center Patient Recruitment - 800-411-1222 Voice, 866-411-1010 TTY
- Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office - 800-411-1222 Voice, 866-411-1010 TTY
- Schizophrenia Research - 888-674-6464 Voice
- Smoking Cessation, NCI's Smoking Quitline - 877-448-7848 Voice
- Stroke - 800-352-9424 Voice
- WE CAN (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) - 866-35-WE-CAN Voice
- Women's Health - 301-402-1770 Voice
- Office of Research on Women's Health - 301-402-1770 Voice
- National Women's Health Information - 800-994-9662 Voice, 888-220-5446 TTD
Allergy and Infectious Diseases - 866-284-4107