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NIDDK Director's Update

Winter 2010 Update

Director's Note

I had my first glimpse of a scientist at work when I was very young. My mother, a public health nurse, would spend weekends in housing developments and community clinics, often helping those without health insurance. I saw how she would listen to her patients, apply rigorous logic to their problems, and help solve them – all with great compassion for the people she served.

Not much later in life, I learned the effects of a disease that hadn’t been solved.

I saw three friends suffer and die from sickle cell disease. I couldn’t do anything to help them. But I could learn to help others, and so I pursued a career in medicine, focusing on hematology. Along the way, so many people helped me out. At Brown University, Dr. Pierre Galletti and Dr. Herbert Lichtman let me work in their labs and learn from their expertise. Within NIDDK, Dr. Alan Schechter has been an invaluable mentor to me from the beginning. He offered advice as I wrote the fellowship grant that first enabled me to work at NIH and later helped me learn to do basic and translational science, while Dr. Arthur Nienhuis at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute helped me understand the process of clinical research.  More »​​​​​

Commendations and Commencements

  • ​​Congratulations
    Clore, Eaton, Friedman, Coleman, Hubbard, Tewari, Zanni, Appella, Buchanan, Cohen-Fix, McPherron, Tarbell, Chawla, Abraham, Tschop, Abraham, Blondel, Hunter, Kopp, Sato, Philip
  • Welcome
  • A Fond Farewell
    Magnuson, Elson III, Tso, Mitch, Schaeffer, Miles, May
  • In Memoriam
    Saudek, Elbein

Planning Grant Resources

The NIH Obesity Research Task Force
A strategic plan for diabetes research


January 11, 2011
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series  
Dr. Mark Foster St. Claire, “Use of Animals in Science”  
Lipsett Auditorium, NIH Bethesda campus, 10-11 a.m.

February 16-17, 2011
NIDDK Advisory Council Meeting  
Building 31, conference rooms 10, 6 and 7, NIH Bethesda campus

March 8, 2011
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series  
Dr. Clifton Bogardus, "Studies of the Causes of Obesity & Diabetes in Pima Indians"  
Lipsett Auditorium, NIH Bethesda campus, 10-11 a.m.

March 9, 2011
The NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS)  
Dr. Christopher B. Newgard, “Comprehensive Metabolic Profiling for Defining Obesity and Diabetes Mechanisms”
Masur Auditorium, NIH Bethesda campus, 3 p.m.  http://wals.od.nih.gov

For a list of meetings visit our Calendar of Events.


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