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About the DRTC

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 care of patients with diabetes.

The Vanderbilt DRTC, an interdisciplinary program involving more than 120 faculty distributed among 15 departments in 3 schools and 4 colleges at Vanderbilt and neighboring Meharry Medical College, consists of:

  • Administrative Component
  • Enrichment, Training, and Outreach Program that fosters an environment conducive to collaborative, interdisciplinary research (DRTC Seminar SeriesVanderbilt Diabetes Day), and to training new diabetes scientists.

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Core Facilities

Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR)
Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core
Islet Procurement & Analysis (IPA)
Metabolic Physiology Shared Resource (MPSR)
Nutrition & Diet Assessment (VNDAC)
Transgenic / ES Cell Shared Resource (TMESCSR)
Vanderbilt Diabetes Core Facilities
VUMC Research Cores & Shared Resources

Research Headlines

  • Featured Investigator: 
    Ray Blind, Ph.D.
    Dr. Blind is currently looking for curious & ambitious students & postdocs who want to explore how information is stored & retrieved in biological systems.
    Read More »

    Ray Blind


  • Featured Article: 
    New Medical Weight Loss Program
    Set for VUMC Campus
    Read More »  

News & Events

Fast Links


Attend one of our upcoming meetings or seminars!
When and where Topic and related details
Oct. 9
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC / VIOM Seminar
Kevin D. Niswender, MD, PhD
Therapeutic Promise of GLP-1 Receptor Modulators
Oct. 16
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
John Stafford
Oct. 23
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., Univ. of Michigan

Our Faculty

View the more than 100 DRTC faculty members.


DRTC Executive Committee
DRTC Administration/Personnel

Contact Us

Alvin Powers
Terri Ray
Sr. Executive Secretary
Suzanne Starr
Administrative Officer

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center is supported by NIH grant DK20593.

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