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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.


Vanderbilt Diabetes Day                                
Thursday, November 16, 2017     
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Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
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2017 NIDDK summer research student, Ashley Duhon, shares her motivations for studying medicine and researching diabetes.


NIDDK renews Vanderbilt’s diabetes research grant
The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) is celebrating its 44th year of operation with a five-year competitive renewal of its $9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

VUMC'S diabetes prevention program lauded by CDC
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Health and Wellness has received a Certificate of Full Recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its diabetes prevention program for employees.

New diabetes technology clinic informs patients about innovations

Shichun Bao, M.D., Ph.D., along with numerous other physicians, nurses, and educators, has set up a Diabetes Technology Clinic within the Eskind Diabetes Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she has been testing out the newest technology in insulin delivery. Dr. Bao hopes this new clinic will better serve diabetes patients by educating them on the recent innovations in diabetes care.
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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:

Justin M. Gregory, MD

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Research Specialty:
Metabolic dysregulation in type 1 diabetes

Dr. Gregory studies the difference between hyperglycemia and self-administered insulin in regards to instigating insulin resistance in patients with type 1 diabetes. 

Featured Article:

Powers lab discovers potential new diabetes treatment in interrupted glucagon signaling

Reported this week in Cell Metabolism, research fellow Danielle Dean, Ph.D. and research faculty in the Powers lab have discovered a potential treatment that could lower blood glucose levels and improve diabetes in patients. 


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
Sep. 22
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
Wenbiao Chen, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Mechanisms of Islet Cell Proliferation and Death
Sep. 27
9:00 AM
512 Light Hall
Beta Cell Interest Group (BIG) Talk
Leslie Roteta Sedgeman (Vicker's lab)
Exploring the export mechanisms of pancreatic-originating HDL-microRNAs
Sep. 29
12:00 PM
206 Preston Research Building
DRTC Friday Seminar Series
Owen McGuinness, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Sep. 30
8:00 AM
Bicentennial Mall
JDRF One Walk 2017
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Oct. 11
9:00 AM
512 Light Hall
Beta Cell Interest Group (BIG) Talk
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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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