NIDDK Timeline of Events
The following are a select list of important events that have shaped NIDDK since 1950.
August 15, 1950
President Harry S. Truman signed the Omnibus Medical Research Act into law, establishing the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD) in the U.S. Public Health Service. The new Institute incorporated the laboratories of the Experimental Biology and Medicine Institute and expanded to include clinical investigation in rheumatic diseases, diabetes, and a number of metabolic, endocrine, and gastrointestinal diseases. (formally NIDDK).
May 19, 1972
The Institute’s name was changed to the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases (NIAMDD).
The creation of the first Diabetes-Endocrinology Research Centers marked the beginning of the Institute’s Diabetes Centers Program.
June 23, 1981
The Institute was renamed the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIADDK).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Richard S. Schweiker elevated the NIADDK’s programs to division status, creating five extramural divisions and the Division of Intramural Research.
April 8, 1986
The Institute’s Division of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases became the core of the new National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The NIADDK was renamed the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The NIDDK Advisory Council established the National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity to synthesize current science on preventing and treating obesity and to develop statements about topics of clinical importance based on critical analyses of the scientific literature.
The NIDDK created the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination to coordinate NIDDK wide efforts in the development of the Minority Health Strategic Plan to reduce and ultimately eliminate minority health disparities.
August 1, 2015
NIDDK established the Office of Nutrition Research, replacing the NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination to assist in leading a trans-NIH group to strategically plan new initiatives for NIH nutrition research.
August 15, 2020
NIDDK celebrates its 70th Anniversary.