NIDDK Director’s Update – Spring 2020 Edition


NIDDK Director's Update

Spring 2020


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Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers

Director’s Note

When people work together toward a common goal, we can reach farther and make a larger impact than if we go it alone. As you’ll read in this issue, we’re building healthier communities by putting this principle into practice in innovative ways.



Patients bring critical input to NIDDK research

Patient-scientist collaborations at the core of two NIDDK-funded projects in kidney disease are proving that patients have a lot to bring to the table, when given the opportunity.

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Dr. Susan Mendley

Getting to know: Dr. Susan Mendley

Read about NIDDK Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases program director Dr. Susan Medley’s career and what she hopes lies ahead in the field of pediatric nephrology.

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Take the pressure off

National Kidney Month highlights link between blood pressure and kidney disease

This National Kidney Month, NIDDK and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are highlighting information on the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease and tips to manage blood pressure and protect your kidneys.

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Follow @niddkgov

NIDDK now on Instagram

NIDDK recently expanded our social media presence to pilot @NIDDK on Instagram. Follow to add tips for healthy living and health information to your Instagram feed.

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