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NIDDK director meets with Diabetes Research Center researchers to promote diversity and inclusivity in science and research

Date: August 24th, 2022 in JABSOM News    Print or PDF

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), met with JABSOM, UH Cancer Center, and College of Engineering faculty from the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) alongside Dr. Robert Rivers, Program Director of NIDDK and the National Institutes of Health on May 20.

The purpose of their visit was to meet with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and NIDDK funded faculty, who presented updates on current research. Additionally, Drs. Rodgers and Rivers met with NIDDK funded faculty at PBRC and visited high schools in Guam and Saipan to encourage diversity and inclusivity in science and research.

“We want these young scientists to know that this is a valuable career choice, that one has the opportunity to think about a better health, treatment and prevention and potential cure of very common chronic costly disease that affects the Hawaiian community, such as diabetes and kidney disease, obesity for example, among other example and come along the next generation to think differently and to think about how we might combat these costly disorders,” Rodgers said. “We understand that diversity is not only important because generally it’s the right thing to do, but diversity of thoughts, diversity of opinions, diversity of experiences in the broadest sense possible is good for the scientific enterprise. People think more creatively when they’re in groups, with people that task, training and experience, and there’s a cohesion of these experiences which lead to new and innovative ideas, and I think that a number of studies in the business arena, private sector and other places have established that time and time again. We want to enhance our efforts in this space.”

To learn more about the NIDDK, please visit https://www.niddk.nih.gov/.


Drs. Griffin Rodgers (fourth from left) and Robert Rivers (third from left) meet with JABSOM researchers on May 20. Vina Cristobal photo.

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