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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 lives of people with diabetes.
The DRTC highlights the research of its members by brief videos. Click here » to watch DRTC members describing his/her research.

Employment Opportunities for Faculty and Postdocs

Telemedicine simplifies gestational diabetes treatment
Video conferencing technology allows patients diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus more options for care.

Kevin Niswender, MD, PhD has been named Clinical Research Center Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science elected fellows from Vanderbilt
Dr. David Wasserman, Dr. Richard Simerly, and Dr. Bruce Damon were elected to the 2018 AAAS Fellows. There are now 129 current and emeritus faculty from Vanderbilt that have received this honor. 


2017 NIDDK summer research student, Ashley Duhon, shares her motivations for studying medicine and researching diabetes.


Pancreatic islets study may spur diabetes treatment advances
Investigators in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) and collaborators at Stanford University have discovered new insights into the molecular mechanisms of cell proliferation in juvenile human pancreatic islets, information that could lead to new treatments for diabetes.

Gifts highlight strong, lasting bonds between

patients and healers
Gratitude and validation: Michael Fowler, M.D.
An enduring tribute: Shubhada Jagasia, M.D., MMHC
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My Health Chat: Advances in Diabetes Research »

The Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR)
and it cores provide services to investigators
with externally funded, diabetes-related
translational research.
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Research Headlines

Featured Investigator:


David A. Jacobson, PhD

Associate Professor
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Research Specialty:
Islet expression
Islet ion channel regulation

Dr. Jacobson and his lab have been studying the regulation of pancreatic islet electrical activity and the mechanisms of hormone regulation in islets. 

Featured Article:

Cellular calcium handling in diabetes

David Jacobson, Ph.D., and colleagues have now demonstrated that TALK-1 potassium channels located in the ER membrane facilitate calcium release from the ER in mouse and human beta cells.


Attend one of our upcoming meetings or seminars! Note that this calendar includes the BIG and MetabIG series!
When and where Topic and related details
Jan. 19
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
Emil Unanue, MD, Washington University St. Louis
Key Antigen Presenting Events During the Initiation of Diabetic Autoimmunity
Jan. 23
3:30 PM
LH 809
Weekly Meeting
Ayala Lab
Jan. 31
9:00 AM
512 Light Hall
Beta Cell Interest Group (BIG) talks
Feb. 2
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
Jerond Denton, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Feb. 6
3:30 PM
LH 809
Weekly Meeting
O'Brien Lab
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Members & Leadership

DRTC Faculty Members
DRTC Executive Committee

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

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