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NIDCD History and Milestones

30 Years of Supporting Discoveries in Communication Research

Photo of Larry Brown, Geraldine Fox, and Congressman Claude Pepper. NIDCD's 30th anniversary graphic. Ms. Fox sits, speaking into the microphone in front of her, at a conference table in a Congressional hearing room.

Since its establishment in 1988, the NIDCD has supported research that has led to striking discoveries in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The institute brings national attention to disorders of human communication, and contributes to biomedical and behavioral research advances that improve the lives of millions of people with communication disorders.

Advocacy in Action: How an Idea Becomes an Institute

Profiles of Pioneers Who Led the Way for the NIDCD

Many individuals and organizations worked together to establish the NIDCD. The dedication of three individuals—an individual with hearing loss, a scientist, and a congressional staffer—highlight the cross-cutting collaboration critical to turning an idea into an institute and creating the NIDCD.

Headshot of Geraldine Dietz Fox.

Geraldine Dietz Fox

Patient advocate

“You need a good pair of walking shoes”

Headshot of Robert J. Ruben, M.D.

Robert J. Ruben, M.D.

Hearing researcher

"An explosion of knowledge"

Headshot of Peter Reinecke

Peter Reinecke

Congressional staffer

"I want you to draft a bill"

Milestones

NIDCD's 30th anniversary graphic.

30 years of supporting discoveries in communication research.

Scientific image showing sensory hair cells (green), nerve fibers (red) & spiral ganglion cells (yellow).

Highlighting important events in NIDCD history.

Noisy Planet logo.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Chronology of NIDCD Directors

Headshot of Dr. Judith Cooper.
June 2018–present
Headshot of Dr. James Battey.
February 1998– May 2018
Headshot of Dr. James B. Snow, Jr.
February 1990–February 1998
Headshot of Dr. Jay Moskowitz.
October 1988– February1990
Last Updated Date: 
October 29, 2018