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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


Vanderbilt Diabetes Day                                
Thursday, November 16, 2017     
Register now! >>                                                   

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.

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.

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:


Sean S. Davies, PhD

Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Research Specialty:
Bioactive lipids
Diseases related to obesity including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Gut microbiota
Drug delivery

Dr. Davies and his lab are designing new interventions by studying the controlling mechanisms of lipid mediators, or bioactive lipids.

Featured Article:

Inhibiting obesity

Reported recently in the Journal of Lipid Research, Sean Davies, PhD, and his lab have been studying NAPEs, a family of lipid molecules that are important in regulating satiety and inhibiting obesity.

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

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