National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health ( NIH; German: National Institutes of Health ) are an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, headquartered in Bethesda (Maryland). The NIH are located on a campus-like area with more than 75 buildings. In the United States they are the main agency for biomedical research. The history of the NIH began in 1887 with the founding of the " Laboratory of Hygiene " ( Hygiene Laboratory ) at the Marine Hospital in Staten Iceland, New York.

The annual budget is about 29 billion U.S. $, which corresponds to a share of 28% of total spending for biomedical research in the United States. The NIH employ approximately 18,000 employees. The management of the NIH has since July 8, 2009 Francis Collins held.

The NIH includes 27 institutions, including the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM ).

Building 10 (Clinical Center )

Building 10 North side

National Library of Medicine (NLM )


The following table shows the institutes of the NIH, in chronological order after the establishment year.

Research in the field of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; and sleep disorders. Administratively responsible for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative.