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NIDDK Director's Update

NIDDK Director's Update

Director's Note

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When Discovery channel viewers saw Dr. John Tisdale's lab in the documentary, "First in Human," they saw moments that were decades in the making.

Dr. Tisdale talked about gene and cell therapy, the lab's success treating people for sickle cell anemia using bone marrow transplants and the next steps for sickle cell research.

Research is a cumulative pursuit – step upon step. In 1949, the great Dr. Linus Pauling published crucial work on sickle cell, calling it "the first molecular disease." Near the beginning of my research career, I began working on ways to improve outcomes for people with sickle cell disease (SCD). More »

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The NIDDK Director’s Update is published in March, May, September and December. To submit an item for the next edition or send suggestions, please contact Editor Amy F. Reiter and Deputy Editor January Payne at DirectorsUpdate@niddk.nih.gov​. Items must be submitted six weeks before the month of publication to be considered for the next issue.


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