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.
Research Updates and News
- A personalized medicine treatment plan developed after identification of a rare pathogenic mutation
- Revving up human red blood cell production
- Story of Discovery: Erythroferrone–new regulator of iron balance
- Specific dosage of sickle cell drug increases survival rate
- Chance and Prepared Minds Lead from Lab to New Drug Development
What We Do
To achieve its mission, NIDDK supports, conducts, coordinates, and plans research. NIDDK also provides data and samples from NIDDK-funded studies and explains research findings to health professionals and the public.
NIDDK invests in basic, clinical and translational research and training at colleges, universities and other institutions.
- Erythropoiesis and Hemoglobin
- Genetic Metabolic Disease
- Hematology Centers
- Hematology HIV/AIDS
- Hematopoiesis and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology
NIDDK investigators conduct biomedical research and training in the Institute's laboratories and clinical facilities in Maryland and Arizona.
- Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology
- Laboratory of Chemical Physics
- Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch
- Molecular Medicine Branch
Coordinate & Plan Research
NIDDK takes multiple approaches to research planning and priority setting.
Meetings & WorkshopsView all Meetings & Workshops
Strategic Plans & Reports
- NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2018
- U.S. Renal Data System Report
- NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2017
- NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2016
- Kidney Research National Dialogue (KRND) Summary
Provide Access to Research Resources
NIDDK makes publicly supported resources, data sets, and studies available to researchers.View all Research Resources