A group photo of the members of ACD

The Advisory Committee to the Director provides advice on matters pertinent to National Institutes of Health mission responsibilities in the conduct and support of biomedical research, medical science, and biomedical communications.


In February 1965, a distinguished committee appointed by President Johnson, under the chairmanship of Dr. Dean E. Wooldridge, conducted a study of the operations of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Among the recommendations the Wooldridge Committee made to the President in its report was that a new advisory group should be established to assist the Office of the Director, NIH, in the making of major plans and policies, especially those related to the allocation of NIH funds and resources. More >


The ACD held a meeting on Thursday, June 13, through Friday, June 14. More Details >

Upcoming Meetings

  • December 12–13, 2019
  • June 11–12, 2020
  • December 10–11, 2020
  • June 10–11, 2021
  • December 9–10, 2021