U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Kidney, Urologic, & Hematologic Diseases (KUH)

Director, KUH, Dr. Robert Starr Deputy Director, KUH, Dr. Chris Ketchum Deputy Director, KUH, Dr. Tracy Rankin
Dr. Robert Star
Deputy Director
Dr. Chris Ketchum
Deputy Director
Dr. Tracy Rankin

About the Division

The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases (KUH) provides research funding and support for basic, translational, and clinical research studies of the kidney, urinary tract, and disorders of the blood and blood-forming organs. Areas of research include:


Chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, hypertensive nephrosclerosis, acute kidney injury, kidney donation, congenital kidney disorders, IgA nephropathy, hemolytic uremic syndrome, fluid and electrolyte disorders, kidney repair and regeneration, and normal and abnormal kidney development and physiology.


Benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, stones, erectile dysfunction, urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes (including interstitial cystitis and chronic prostatitis), congenital urologic disorders, repair and regeneration of lower urinary tract organs, and normal and abnormal lower urinary tract development and physiology.​​​


Blood and blood-forming organs, hematopoiesis, hemoglobin disorders, iron metabolism, sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure, iron deficiency, Cooley's anemia (thalassemia), and hemochromatosis. 

The KUH also provides funding for training and career development of persons committed to academic and clinical research in these areas.

Division Staff

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Additional Information


 Research Programs

The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases (KUH)​ supports research in:
For a list of all NIDDK programs, including theses, visit Research Programs and Contacts.


 Funding Opportunities



 Strategic Plans and Reports By Disease

Report NameDescription
U.S. Renal Data System ReportContains the Atlas of Chronic Kidney Disease in the U.S. and the Atlas of End-Stage Renal Disease in the U.S. that focus on a visual display of information through graphs and maps
NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2017A compendium highlighting examples of the many research advances published by NIDDK-funded scientists and their colleagues in fiscal year 2016.
NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2016A compendium highlighting examples of the many research advances published by NIDDK-funded scientists and their colleagues in fiscal year 2015.
NIH Strategic Plan on Minority Health DisparitiesEstablishes proposed health disparities research priorities, objectives, and activities; includes an estimated budget by IC of the; and describes the means for achieving stated objectives, and the dates objectives are expected to be achieved
NIDDK: 60 Years of Advancing Research to Improve HealthCelebrates the Institute’s accomplishments over the past 60 years in supporting and conducting research on common, chronic, and costly diseases affecting people in this country and around the world
NIDDK Prostate Research Strategic PlanDiscusses advances and opportunities for basic science research, epidemiology and population-based studies, translational science, and clinical science for benign prostate disease
National Kidney Disease Education Program: Reducing Disparities. Improving Care. A Summary ReportSummarizes the burden of CKD, NKDEP’s efforts to address disparities and improve care, and the program’s future directions. Introduces the Chronic Care Model as an organizing principle for NKDEP’s initiatives
Strategic Plan for Pediatric Urology: NIDDK Research Progress ReportProvides an in-depth assessment of the current state of research in pediatric urology, providing researchers, clinicians, and administrators with a clear picture of the challenges and opportunities that face the medical community
A Progress Report on NIDDK Efforts To Promote Translational ResearchDescribes the efforts of the NIDDK to promote the translation of fundamental discoveries from the laboratory bench of basic scientists into investigations in the clinic, which promise to directly benefit patients
Overcoming Bladder Disease: A Strategic Plan for ResearchIncludes recommendations for future research directions and priorities, and the means of implementing those recommendations
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 Meetings and Events By Disease