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NIDDK Director's Update

Spring 2011 Update

Director's Note

At the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, we view medical science as a circle of discovery. We often call it “bench to bedside” – reflecting how findings from the lab can become the basis for clinical trials. But really, the discoveries don’t always end, and can sometimes begin, at the patient’s bedside. 

As researchers, within and outside NIH, we take advantage of the unique collaborations formed between the best scientific minds and the generous patients who join clinical trials in a quest to better human health. 

These collaborations, some supported by NIH Bench-to-Bedside awards, enable promising work to travel the circle of discovery, where laboratory findings can spark human trials and then, while trial results go out to the public and the larger research community, those results can also back to the lab researchers, who study the results to refine and form new hypotheses, taking the concept from bench to bedside and back. More »​​​​​

Research Updates

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Commendations and Commencements


Planning Grant Resources

Diabetes research strategic plan released
Two new grant opportunities for lifestyle intervention studies
New policies for grant application changes, corrections, resubmissions


March 15, 2011
Demystifying Medicine 2011  
Diabetes: Mechanisms and  
Fatty Liver, talk by NIDDK’s  
Dr. Rana Malek and  
Dr. Yaron Rotman  
NIH Building 50,  
ground floor auditorium  
Bethesda campus, 4-6 p.m.  
http://demystifyingmedicine.od.nih.gov/Talk also videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov/

March 21-22, 2011
Pluripotent Stem Cells in Translation:  
Early Decisions  
Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Building 38A  
Bethesda campus

April 14-15, 2011  
NIDDK K Awardees’ Workshop
Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Building 38A  
Bethesda campus

April 17-22, 2011
Fourth Annual Course on Isotope Tracers  
in Metabolic Research: Principles and  
Practice of Kinetic Analysis  
The Peabody Little Rock  
Little Rock, Ark. 

April 21-22, 2011  
NIDDK Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI) 9th Annual Workshop
Bethesda Marriott Hotel  
Bethesda, Md.

April 21-22, 2011
Drug Response - A Tool for Understanding  
the Systems Biology of Type 2 Diabetes  
Bethesda, Md.

May 5, 2011
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series  
Dr. Patricia Robuck, Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) study
Lipsett Auditorium, NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus, 10-11 a.m.

June 15, 2011
The Interface Between the Nervous and  
the Immune System in the Pathogenesis  
of Autoimmune Diabetes  
Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Building 38A  
Bethesda campus

July 19-20, 2011
Reducing the Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease: Opportunities for Randomized  
Clinical Trials  
Natcher Conference Center, NIH Building 45  
Bethesda campus

September 14-16, 2011
Mechanisms of Organ Repair and Regeneration
Washington, D.C. area

For a list of meetings visit our Calendar of Events.


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