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NIDDK Director's Update

Spring 2012 Update

Director's Note

Within the science and health care communities, the word “translation” has many meanings. In some cases, translation means taking research done at the bench and using the findings to fuel research in the clinic. Sometimes it means taking those clinical findings and figuring out how to use them widely in communities. Other times, translation involves sifting the words of science into words everyone can understand and use. At the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, our work speaks to all of these meanings. 

You’ll find examples of translation throughout this issue of the NIDDK Director’s Update. In the Commendations and Commencements section, learn about an NIH-funded HIV-prevention study that Science named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year for its vast potential to reduce the virus’ transmission. Years ago, NIDDK helped fund the basic research of study co-chair Dr. Myron Cohen, also a current NIDDK grantee, helping lay the groundwork for the advances that followed.  More »​​​​​

Commendations and Commencements



March 26
Hepatitis E in the United States -  
An NIH Research Workshop  
Lister Hill Auditorium
NIH Building 38A  
Bethesda campus

April 19-20
NIDDK Network of Minority Research Investigators 10th Annual Workshop
Bethesda Marriott Hotel  
Bethesda, MD

May 22
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series:  
Dr. Jay Hoofnagle, director,  
NIDDK Liver Disease Research Branch  
10-11 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

June 8
Bile Acid-Mediated Integration of Metabolism  
and Liver Disease: A Research Workshop
Lister Hill Auditorium  
NIH Building 38A
Bethesda campus

For a list of meetings visit our Calendar of Events.


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