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National Institutes of Health at Maryland

National Institutes of Health

31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892 | 301-496-4000
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National Institute of Health

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the NIH is the largest leading researcher of health-related issues in the world. It funds both internal and external research into biomedical treatments, genetics, cancer, and more. Visitors who are interested in learning more about the NIH's role in improving human health can go to the NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall on campus. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on federal holidays.



- Visitors to the NIH campus must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus. Be prepared to show a valid photo I.D.


- Since parking is very difficult to find on the NIH campus, taking public transit is encouraged. There is a Metro stop on campus as well as shuttle service to the main buildings.


  • Wednesday Lectures
  • Friday Seminars
  • Clinical Center Grand Rounds


  • Group tours
  • Seminar series
  • Research
  • Lecture series


  • When and why was the NIH founded?

    The NIH grew out of the Marine Hospital Service (MHS), which, in 1887, was charged with checking for infectious diseases amongst passengers arriving in the United States on ships. The MHS was the predecessor of the US Public Health Service.
  • What are some of its scientific accomplishments?

    Research conducted by NIH scientists have resulted in almost doubling the average American lifespan from 100 years ago to 79 years of age. People are also staying active and healthy longer. Other achievements include the vaccine creations for diseases like the flu and hepatitis.

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