Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
As we begin a new era of scientific discovery, we can anticipate major victories in understanding, treating, and preventing the diseases under the research mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Spanning the full spectrum of medicine and afflicting people of all ages and ethnic groups, these diseases encompass some of the most common, severe, and disabling conditions affecting Americans today: endocrine and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, digestive diseases such as hepatitis and inflammatory bowel disease, kidney and urologic diseases such as kidney failure and prostate enlargement, and blood diseases such as the anemias.
The research advances of the past 60 plus years have saved lives, improved quality of life, and laid the foundation for today's progress. Most often, these advances resulted not from dramatic breakthroughs but from the steady, incremental findings of persistent investigative study. That investment is now paying off in unprecedented scientific opportunities.
Understanding the intricate molecular events that lead to cellular malfunction and disease is the key to developing effective treatments for each of these disorders. The challenges are huge because the processes governing cellular functions are extraordinarily complex. Yet we have great reason for hope. Researchers are better equipped than ever before with the tools and knowledge to discover the biological processes that lead to disease. Every day we learn more about how genes, which direct the function of cells, interact in complex ways with other genes and environmental triggers to cause disease. And we are just beginning to exploit the newly available human genome sequence with the help of exciting tools such as bioinformatics and microarray technology.
To seize full advantage of the opportunities ahead, the NIDDK is investing in a broad range of studies from basic biology to clinical trials. We have implemented a new trans-institute planning process to stimulate the most productive, innovative avenues of research. We already support many of the best minds in research, and we constantly strive to bring new scientific talent to bear on the research problems under our mission. We are committed to rapidly translating new knowledge into proven therapies that benefit patients.
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Vignettes highlighting research supported by the NIDDK over the past year that have opened new avenues for research and have the potential to profoundly affect our understanding of human health and disease.
The president's budget request and related congressional testimony.
NIDDK’s core values emphasize maintaining a strong investigator initiated R01 program, preserving a stable pool of talented new investigators, supporting key clinical studies and trials, and continuing strong support of training and career development programs.
Healthy Moments is a year-long series of weekly reports airing on the radio with tips on how to prevent and control diseases that are of interest to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), featuring Dr. Griffin Rodgers.
Dr. Griffin Rodgers has been chief of the Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch since 1998; the branch is administratively managed by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
As a research investigator, Dr. Rodgers is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of the first effective—and now FDA-approved—therapy for sickle cell anemia.