The National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the eight health-related agencies of the U.S. Public Health Services (PHS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone, as well as to reduce the burdens of illness and disability. NIH works toward that mission by:

  • conducting research in its own laboratories
  • supporting the research of non-federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad
  • helping in the training of research investigators
  • fostering communication of medical information.

What is the goal of the NIH?

The goal of the NIH is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold.

How does the Lupus Foundation of America work with the NIH?

The NIH is an important partner of the the Foundation in the search for new knowledge about lupus. We work in partnership with the NIH to stimulate medical research, raise public awareness, and offer support and services to people affected by lupus. In addition, by educating government officials about lupus and its impacts on health, we ensure that proper resources will be made available to lead the fight against the disease.

What are some of the NIH institutes that conduct lupus research?

The institutes that are involved in research on various aspects of lupus, and that the Foundation works closely with, include:

  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) 
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

How can I find out more information about the NIH?

You can learn more about the NIH on its website at www.nih.gov.

Does the NIH conduct clinical studies?

The NIH Clinical Center conducts studies of potential new medicines and therapies to address a wide range of conditions, including lupus. To learn more about the clinical studies at the NIH and to search the clinical trials database for studies on lupus, visit the NIH Clinical Center website