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Diabetes Dateline
Fall 2011

Diabetes Research Strategic Plan Released

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A new strategic plan for diabetes research, Advances and Emerging Opportunities in Diabetes Research: A Strategic Planning Report of the Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee (DMICC), has been released. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) spearheaded the plan’s development in its DMICC leadership role.

The plan focuses on 10 areas of diabetes research with the most promise, and the goal to accelerate discovery on several fronts, including

  • the relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes, and how both conditions may be affected by genetics and environment
  • the autoimmune mechanisms at work in type 1 diabetes
  • the biology of beta cells, which release insulin in the pancreas
  • development of artificial pancreas technologies to improve management of blood glucose levels
  • prevention of diabetes complications that affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, nervous system, and other organs
  • reduction of the impact of diabetes on groups disproportionately affected by the disease, including older people and racial and ethnic minorities

“By setting priorities and identifying the most compelling research opportunities, the strategic plan will guide the NIH [National Institutes of Health], other federal agencies, and the investigative community in efforts to improve diabetes treatments and identify ways to keep more people healthy,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P.

The launch of this strategic plan for diabetes research is especially timely in light of new 2010 data showing that diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the U.S. population.

The final plan is available at www2.niddk.nih.gov/AboutNIDDK/ReportsAndStrategicPlanning/DiabetesPlan/PlanPosting.htm. Printed copies can be requested from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at 1–800–860–8747 and by email at nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov. Single copies are free.

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NIH Publication No. 12–4562
December 2011

Page last updated: December 19, 2011


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