The National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
is located in Bethesda, Maryland
. Most of the institutes house their Divisions of Intramural Research
on this campus spread out among various buildings.
The campus is located between Old Georgetown Road
on the west, Wisconsin Avenue
on the east, West Cedar Lane on the North, and downtown Bethesda on the south. The National Naval Medical Center
is located directly across Wisconsin Ave. from the campus, and the Washington, D.C. border is only several miles south. The Medical Center Washington Metro
stop is located just beyond the campus fence along Wisconsin Ave.
The Bethesda campus has been occupied since 1938
when the original National Institute of Health began to expand outside of Washington, D.C. The Clinical Center
, Building 10, opened in 1953
with 540 beds, thus allowing for clinical research
. Launched in the wake of Nazi
medical experiments done during World War II
, research protocols here fell under ethical review by a review board.
There are over fifty buildings on the Bethesda campus with designated numbers.
As a federal government
facility housing sensitive research, the Bethesda campus has security measures for the safety of employees, patients, and visitors. A Department of Health and Human Services
identification card is needed for immediate access. Visitors must have a government issued photo ID for a pass, and their vehicles... Read More