Diabetes Research and Training Center

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center 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 center is funded through a National Institute of Health grant.

The center's research efforts include more than 95 participating faculty members across 18 departments in four schools and three colleges at Vanderbilt. Researchers investigate many aspects of diabetes e.g., beta cell function, gene regulation, signal transduction with the ultimate goal of helping to prevent or cure diabetes.

The center's Enrichment, Training, and Outreach Program orchestrates many activities to enhance diabetes research and training at Vanderbilt. The program sponsors the Friday Seminar Series and the Annual Diabetes Day.

In the News: 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).

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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.