Vanderbilt Diabetes Center Research

Diabetes researcher in lab setting

Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center, takes place under the umbrella of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and is one of a network of core centers established by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases to conduct research and training in diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The Vanderbilt DRTC ( is funded through a National Institute of Health grant. This multi-disciplinary program has more than 95 participating faculty members distributed among 18 departments in 4 schools and 3 colleges of the University. The investigators look at many aspects of diabetes – beta cell function, gene regulation, signal transduction – all with the ultimate goal of helping find ways to prevent or cure diabetes. The Enrichment, Training, and Outreach Program of the Vanderbilt DRTC orchestrates a broad range of essential activities that enhance and enrich the research and training environment at Vanderbilt as well as sponsors the Friday Seminar Series and the Annual Diabetes Day.

Dr. William Russell

TrialNet – Finding Ways to Prevent the Development of Type 1 Diabetes

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William E. Russell headshotWilliam Russell, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  18 clinical centers around the globe have partnered in research to find ways to keep people from developing type 1 diabetes.  Dr. Russell will explain the TrialNet program, what promise it holds for families at risk for this disease and how you can help. To learn more about Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, click here.