About the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence

We are the only public institution in Massachusetts that combines cutting-edge basic science, translational research, and clinical care on a world-class campus.

Co-directors Dale Greiner, PhD and David Harlan, MD

World-Class Research

Our diabetes research team works together to understand the root causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and applies that knowledge to develop therapies to improve the quality of life for people living with the disease. 

The ultimate goal of our basic research is to uncover clues required to prevent and ultimately cure diabetes.  DCOE investigators are also pursuing practical, clinically oriented research to execute effective therapies which are not widely applied. 

Quality Patient Care

Our care team works to continuously improve our patient-centered approach.  Recognizing that the individual with diabetes is the most important member of the team, we strive to ensure they receive the most up-to-date and proven-to-be-effective treatments.


We prepare the next generation of diabetes experts to responsibly and effectively treat the disease and conduct research to investigate the causes of diabetes. Our work remains at the forefront of innovative educational initiatives, as we train physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, and certified diabetes educators.