U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hematologic Disease

Hematologic diseases, disorders of the blood and blood-forming organs, afflict millions of Americans. In addition to blood cell cancers, hematologic diseases include rare genetic disorders, anemia, conditions related to HIV, sickle cell disease, and complications from chemotherapy or transfusions.

NIDDK-supported hematology researchers work in many different areas, from developing drugs to support people who receive multiple blood transfusions, to laboratory research to better understand the normal and abnormal function of blood cells.

The NIDDK also supports research in the biology of adult blood stem cells, which are needed for bone marrow transplants and may have broader application in gene therapy research.

In addition, NIDDK provides public inquiry response services and health information about blood diseases to people with blood diseases and to their families, health professionals, and the public.

Support Research

NIDDK invests in basic, clinical and translational research and training at colleges, universities and other institutions.

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Conduct Research

NIDDK investigators conduct biomedical research and training in the Institute's laboratories and clinical facilities in Maryland and Arizona.

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