Center Partnerships Diabetes Research Centers now highlights DRC Partner Institutions. Center partnerships are listed with location details and links to the partnership website. An overview of the partner institution and its research centers, institutions, and programs can also be viewed.

DIABETES RESEARCH CENTERS

Stuart J Frank Stuart J Frank MD University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
The focus of research in my laboratory is in understanding mechanisms of action of growth hormone (GH), an important metabolic and growth promoting hormone. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
Fumihiko Urano Fumihiko Urano MD PhD Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis
Dr. Urano’s current main focus is to find a cure for juvenile diabetes and genetic forms of diabetes including Type 1 diabetes and Wolfram syndrome using stem cell-based therapeutics and gene-based diagnostics. TThe mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
Mary-Elizabeth Patti MD Joslin Diabetes Center Joslin Diabetes Center
The laboratory of Mary-Elizabeth Patti, MD focuses on mechanisms by which environmental or nutritional risk factors (e.g. obesity, prenatal and early postnatal nutrition) influence gene expression and metabolic function in tissues critical for insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Since its inception in 1898, the primary mission of the Joslin Diabetes Center has been to care for people with diabetes, and conduct research to provide new knowledge about diabetes and its complications that will lead to new treatments, prevention and/or cure of these disorders.
David A Antonetti PhD University of Michigan University of Michigan
Investigations into the formation and loss of the blood-brain and blood-retinal barrier in normal vascular biology, diabetes, cancer and stroke. Our long-term goal is to contribute to the development of novel treatments to prevent or reverse the debilitating loss of vision from diabetes. The goal of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is to establish, promote, and enhance multidisciplinary and collaborative basic biomedical and clinical research among member investigators studying diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Sakeneh Zraika Sakeneh Zraika PhD University of Washington University of Washington
Dr. Sakeneh Zraika received in her PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia and her Postgraduate Fellowship from the University of Washington. The University of Washington (UW) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) at the University of Washington is one of 16 Diabetes Research Centers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to promote basic, translational, and clinical research on diabetes and related metabolic disorders.
Pamela L Mellon Pamela L Mellon PhD UCSD-UCLA UCSD-UCLA
We are interested in how the brain controls reproduction through the neuroendocrine system with emphases on development, hormone signaling, gene expression, circadian rhythm, and mouse models of human disease. The overall mission of the UCSD-UCLA DRC is to foster research in theprevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, and to improve the lives of patients suffering from this devastating disease.
Jay Heinecke Jay Heinecke MD University of Washington University of Washington
The major focus of research in the Heinecke laboratory is to understand the role of HDL and macrophages in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, diabetes and other inflammatory diseases The University of Washington (UW) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) at the University of Washington is one of 16 Diabetes Research Centers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to promote basic, translational, and clinical research on diabetes and related metabolic disorders.
Dale S Edgerton Dale S Edgerton PhD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
The focus of my research is to better understand the regulation of glucose metabolism. Hepatic glucose production is determined by gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis, which are regulated, to a large extent, by insulin and glucagon. The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), is a NIH-sponsored Diabetes Center that facilitates the discovery, application, and translation of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
David Piston David Piston PhD Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis
The main research focus of the Piston lab is the understanding of glucose-regulated hormone secretion from islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. TThe mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
Jose C Florez MD PhD Jose C Florez MD PhD Boston Area Boston Area
Dr. Florez’s research interests lie on the genetic determinants of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic traits, and how these variants may impact disease prediction and therapeutic choices. Thus his laboratory leads two parallel efforts in gene discovery and pharmacogenetics. The Boston Area Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center is a consortium of laboratory-based and clinical investigators whose efforts are directed toward addressing many of the major research questions bearing on the etiology, pathogenesis, treatment and cure of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
William Herman William Herman MD University of Michigan University of Michigan
Dr. William Herman received his medical degree from Boston University in 1979. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr Herman's past and present research has focused on clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research in diabetes. The goal of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is to establish, promote, and enhance multidisciplinary and collaborative basic biomedical and clinical research among member investigators studying diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Qizhi Tang PhD Qizhi Tang PhD UCSF UCSF
The Tang lab focuses on translating knowledge on mechanisms of immune tolerance into novel therapeutics for treating autoimmune diabetes and preventing transplant rejection. The University of California San Francisco Diabetes Research Center (UCSF DRC) is one of only 16 research centers established by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to accelerate basic and clinical research into diabetes.
Jill P Crandall Jill P Crandall MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Crandall is Director of the Diabetes Clinical Trials Unit and co-director of the DRTC Clinical Research Facilitation Core. She is an experienced clinical investigator with a joint appointments in the Divisions of Endocrinology and Geriatrics. The Einstein-Mount Sinai Diabetes Research Center (ES-DRC) comprises a vibrant, extensive, diverse, well-funded and highly productive program that provides the foundation for high-quality and cutting-edge research in diabetes and related studies in obesity, metabolism and endocrinology.
Andrea L Cherrington Andrea L Cherrington MD MPH University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Cherrington is committed to efforts that bridge the gap between the health care system and underserved communities. Her research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged populations at high risk for developing chronic disease- specifically diabetes. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
W Timothy Garvey W Timothy Garvey MD University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Garvey laboratory is interested in the molecular, metabolic, and genetic basis of type 2 diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, and obesity. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
Matthew J Tyska Matthew J Tyska MD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
The overarching goal of the Tyska Laboratory is to understand how transporting epithelial cells assemble a functional apical surface. Intestinal epithelial cells in particular build one of the most elaborate apical specializations, an array of microvilli known as the brush border. The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), is a NIH-sponsored Diabetes Center that facilitates the discovery, application, and translation of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Diabetes Centers Overview

Diabetes Centers

NIDDK Diabetes Centers

The NIDDK-supported Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs) are part of an integrated program of diabetes and related endocrinology and metabolism research. NIDDK’s Diabetes Centers program supports extramural research institutions that have established an existing base of high-quality, diabetes-related research. Centers provide increased, cost effective collaboration among multidisciplinary groups of investigators at institutions with an established, comprehensive research base in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism. DRCs are intended to improve the quality and multidisciplinary nature of research on diabetes by providing shared access to specialized technical resources and expertise. DRCs are intended to facilitate progress in research with the goal of developing new methods to treat, prevent and ultimately cure diabetes mellitus and its complications.

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