DIABETES RESEARCH CENTERS

Martin G Myers Jr MD PhD University of Michigan University of Michigan
Dr. Myers’ research focuses on the processes that enable the body to respond normally to insulin, and how problems in these pathways contribute to the development of insulin resistance and 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.
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.
James F Markmann MD PhD Boston Area Boston Area
James F. Markmann MD, PhD is the Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and Director of Clinical Operations at the Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Claude Welch Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. 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.
Julian P Whitelegge Julian P Whitelegge PhD UCSD-UCLA UCSD-UCLA
Julian Whitelegge received his Ph.D. from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1989 and became heavily involved in mass spectrometry research in the mid nineties. 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.
Klaus Kaestner PhD University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kaestner’s lab is employing modern genetic, genomic and epigenomic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms of organogenesis and physiology of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. The Penn Diabetes Research Center participates in the nationwide inter-disciplinary program established over forty years ago by the NIDDK to foster research and training in the areas of diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Rexford S Ahima Rexford S Ahima MD PhD Johns Hopkins University - University of Maryland Johns Hopkins University - University of Maryland
Dr. Ahima is the Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, and the leader of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Initiative. The Johns Hopkins University - University of Maryland Diabetes Research Center fosters collaborative, multidisciplinary diabetes and endocrinology research, and translates that research into programs that advance the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus by health care professionals.
William V Tamborlane William V Tamborlane MD Yale University Yale University
William V. Tamborlane, MD, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in pediatrics before going to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric endocrinology. The Yale Diabetes Research Center (DRC) was established in the spring of 1993 with the goal of promoting research in diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders at the university.
Cora E Lewis MD MSPH University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Lewis is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Division’s Preventive Medicine Clinic. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
David Maahs MD PhD Stanford University Stanford University
Dr. Maahs is Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford University and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on improving care and preventing complications in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The mission of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center is to support basic and clinical research to discover, apply and translate science about diabetes and it complications, to improve health and wellness.
Edward Horton Edward Horton MD Joslin Diabetes Center Joslin Diabetes Center
Dr. Horton major interests include obesity and insulin resistance as they relate to diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. 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.
Matthew J Brady Matthew J Brady PhD University of Chicago University of Chicago
Matthew Brady, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Chicago, and is Vice Chair of the Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition in the Biological Sciences Division. The University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) provides resources for the support and coordination of the research and training activities in diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders of a large and growing number of independently funded but highly interactive investigators.
David P Olson David P Olson MD PhD University of Michigan University of Michigan
Using novel mouse models, Dr. Olson is exploring gene expression changes in specific neuronal populations in the brain that are known to be important in regulating energy balance; these studies are directed at examining the link between gene expression in specific areas of the brain and altered metabolism. 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.
Doris A Stoffers Doris A Stoffers MD PhD University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Research in our laboratory focuses on the embryonic development and adult regeneration of the endocrine pancreas, and the relationship of defects in these pathways to the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, a disease caused by a deficiency in the production or action of insulin. The Penn Diabetes Research Center participates in the nationwide inter-disciplinary program established over forty years ago by the NIDDK to foster research and training in the areas of diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Andrea L Hevener Andrea L Hevener PhD UCSD-UCLA UCSD-UCLA
Dr. Hevener received her PhD from USC in 1998 in kinesiology and physiology and biophysics and performed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at UC San Diego from 1998 to 2002. 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.
Kevin D Niswender MD PhD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
The Niswender lab is interested in the neuroendocrine regulation of feeding and pathogenesis of obesity and makes extensive use of the full translational spectrum of model systems ranging from cell culture and animal models to human investigation. 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.
Alessandro Doria Alessandro Doria MD PhD MPH Joslin Diabetes Center Joslin Diabetes Center
In the cardiovascular complications' area, Dr. Doria has made two major discoveries. First, he found that the 9p21 CHD-predisposing variant plays a larger role in determining cardiovascular risk among T2D subjects than in the general population. 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.

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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Pilot & Feasibility Study
Center Publication
University of Washington Washington 
Neprilysin Is Required for Angiotensin-(1-7)'s Ability to Enhance Insulin Secretion via Its Proteolytic Activity to Generate Angiotensin-(1-2)., Brar, Gurkirat S., Barrow Breanne M., Watson Matthew, Griesbach Ryan, Choung Edwina, Welch Andrew, Ruzsicska Bela, Raleigh Daniel P., and Zraika Sakeneh , Diabetes, 2017 08, Volume 66, Issue 8, p.2201-2212, (2017)
NIDDK Center
The Nutrition Obesity Centers integrate, coordinate, and foster interdisciplinary basic, clinical, and public health research by established investigators actively conducting programs of high-quality research related to common nutritional sciences and/or obesity theme or themes.
Diabetes Resource
The centers that make up the ACE program conduct clinical trials and basic research on new immune-based therapies for autoimmune diseases.