U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Research Updates

Fall 2012

NIH-funded study finds more precise way to estimate kidney function:

Measuring creatinine and cystatin C — two markers for chronic kidney disease (CKD) — more precisely estimates kidney function than either marker alone. Results appear in the July 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2012/niddk-05.htm  

Weight-loss surgery increases alcohol use disorders over time:

Adults who had a common bariatric surgery to lose weight had a significantly higher risk of alcohol use disorders (AUD) two years after surgery, according to a study by an NIH research consortium. Study results were posted on the Journal of the American Medical Association's website on June 18 and appear in JAMA's June 20, 2012, print issue. www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2012/niddk-18.htm    

Heart disease and stroke deaths drop significantly for people with diabetes:

Healthier lifestyles, better disease management are helping people live longer: Death rates for people with diabetes dropped substantially from 1997 to 2006, especially deaths related to heart disease and stroke, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIH. Deaths from all causes declined by 23 percent, and deaths related to heart disease and stroke dropped by 40 percent, according to the study published today in the journal Diabetes Care (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/6/1252.full ). www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0522_heart_disease.html  

NIDDK website shows funding trends and support of core values  

 
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, consistent with the vision of NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers (see vision). 
 
At NIDDK’s May 2012 Advisory Council meeting, NIDDK Deputy Director Dr. Gregory Germino highlighted these values and reviewed NIDDK’s focus of resources on areas supporting the core values. 
 
Following that presentation, NIDDK generated additional data on application and funding trends to help our research community understand application and funding dynamics over recent years and demonstrate NIDDK’s commitment to research and programs associated with NIDDK’s core values. In late August, this information and highlights from the original presentation were posted online at  www.niddk.nih.gov/research-funding/funded-grants-grant-history/Pages/funding-trends-core-values.aspx.