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DIABETES RESEARCH CENTERS

Roland W Stein Roland W Stein PhD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
Until recently, little detailed information was known about the factors controlling pancreas development and islet beta cell function. However, our understanding has increased greatly with the identification and molecular characterization of the islet-enriched MafA, MafB, and PDX-1 transcription factors. 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.
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.
Streamson C Chua Jr Streamson C Chua Jr MD PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Streamson Chua's group is interested in genetic contribution to the chronic disease of obesity, diabetes, and diabetes complications. 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.
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.
Barbara Gower Barbara Gower PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Gower research interests are related to obesity and energy metabolism, with an emphasis on insulin secretion/action and the role of the endocrine system The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
Mark A Magnuson MD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
Dr. Mark A. Magnuson is the Louise B. McGavock Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Medicine, and Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University. 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.
Kenneth W Dunn Kenneth W Dunn PhD Indiana University Indiana University
Dr. Dunn’s research addresses the development of advanced methods of quantitative optical microscopy, particularly intravital multiphoton microscopy. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana.
Carmella Evans-Molina Carmella Evans-Molina MD PhD Indiana University Indiana University
The goals of Dr. Evans-Molina’s research program are (1) to define the molecular and inflammatory etiologies of b cell dysfunction in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and (2) to identify novel stem cell based strategies to improve b cell survival in diabetes. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana.
Kieren Mather Kieren Mather MD Indiana University Indiana University
Dr Mather’s research focuses on metabolic dysfunction in diabetes and pre diabetic obesity in humans, and how this metabolic dysfunction influences cardiac and vascular function. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana.
Irwin J Kurland MD PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine
My laboratory has developed stable isotope based flux phenotyping methodology based on gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to follow the “history” of glucose and other labeled substrates as they are exchanged between different organs or within the same organ. 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.
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.
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.
Blandine Laferrère Blandine Laferrère MD Columbia University Columbia University
Blandine Laferrère, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Laferrere received her medical degree at the University Claude Bernard, in Lyon, France, where she also obtained a doctorate in Human Biology. The Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center provides research support for investigators pursuing research on diabetes and metabolic disorders.
Michael Sturek Michael Sturek PhD Indiana University Indiana University
The general aim of our research program is to understand cellular and molecular Ca signaling mechanisms for in vivo cardiovascular phenomena. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana.
Louis Philipson Louis Philipson MD PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and a leading world authority on diabetes mellitus. His clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, complicated type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and hypoglycemia. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.

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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Type 2 Diabetes Variants Disrupt Function of SLC16A11 through Two Distinct Mechanisms., Rusu, Victor, Hoch Eitan, Mercader Josep M., Tenen Danielle E., Gymrek Melissa, Hartigan Christina R., DeRan Michael, von Grotthuss Marcin, Fontanillas Pierre, Spooner Alexandra, et al. , Cell, 2017 Jun 29, Volume 170, Issue 1, p.199-212.e20, (2017)
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The mission of the National Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers is to advance medical and biological research by providing the scientific community with standardized, high quality metabolic and physiologic phenotyping services for mouse models of diabetes, diabetic complications, obesity and related disorders.
Diabetes Resource
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.