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University of Chicago

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. The DRTC stimulates science and behavioral research interest. Moreover, the DRTC has helped create an environment which encourages young investigators to move to the University of Chicago and supports their early development through a highly successful Pilot and Feasibility Program.

Diabetes and endocrinology research has long been a major focus of investigation within the Division of the Biological Sciences of The University of Chicago. The University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center promotes multidisciplinary research in diabetes by

  • Creating an environment that supports important and innovative diabetes research;
  • Raising awareness and interest in fundamental and clinical research locally, regionally and nationally;
  • Enhancing diabetes research, education and training opportunities for patients, students, scientists and clinicians;
  • Attracting and retaining new and young investigators;
  • Providing core services that leverge funding and unique expertise;
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in emerging areas of research to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches;
  • Promoting the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to community to improve public health.

Research Cores

Islet Biology & Metabolism
Chicago Cell Biology CoreMatthew J Brady PhD
The Cell Biology Core provides services and hands-on training in the isolation and functional characterization of pancreatic islets from normal and diabetic humans and mice.
Molecular Biology, Genetics & Genomics
Chicago Genetics and Genomics CoreGraeme Bell PhD
The Genetics and Genomics Core of the DRTC has been in operation since 1977 with a major emphasis on molecular biology and recently genetics.
Specialized Animal & Gene Modification
Chicago Physiology CoreManami Hara PhD
The mission of the Physiology Core is to facilitate the use of model organisms in diabetes and metabolism-related research.