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UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) Facilities & Partnerships

Under the co-direction of David M. Harlan, MD and Dale Greiner, PhD, the UMass DCOE fosters both clinical & basic diabetes research and brings together diabetes clinicians and investigators from all over the world.

The UMass Chan Medical School is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the leading medical schools in the nation for primary care education. UMass Chan Medical School & UMass Memorial Health collaborate towards one common goal: Better care for all people living with diabetes.    

Ambulatory Care Center  

Our adult & pediatric diabetes care clinics are located on the second floor of this state-of-the-art building.  Clinical and translational research also takes place in the ACC building.







The Albert Sherman Center  

Most of our research labs are located on the 7th floor of this world-class 500,000 sqare foot facility. We're equipped with Immunospot, microplate & microarray readers, flow cytometers, spectrophotometers, Nanodrop, luminometer, Eppendorf Realplex real-time PCR machines, thermocyclers, gel imagers, MACS cell separation system, cryogenic cell/tissue storage, Biorep 12-chamber islet perifusion system, Cell culture facilities with microscopes dedicated for sterile retrieval of selected cells & dissection. Nikon Eclipse Ti-5 series microscopes for multiple fluorescent marker imaging. Microscopes combined with NIS-Elements imaging software to support diverse image acquisition and analysis methods. Each scope is equipped with high-resolution cameras.

The JDRF New England Research Collaborative

Five of our DCOE research labs are collaborating with Harvard Stem Cell Institute, The Jackson Laboratory, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to transplant stem cell (SC) derived beta-like cell clusters into our unique humanized mouse models to recreate and study the human disease unlike ever before. This collaborative research group is focused on understanding the autoimmune attack on beta cells in people living with type 1 diabetes, and using modern gene editing methods such as CRISPR, to make the cells inert or evasive to the autoimmune attack. The ultimate goal is to create therapies which can be scaled and eventually go into clinical trials, and ultimately cure diabetes. 

Diabetes Collaborations and Partnerships

Under the auspices of the UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial Health (plus affiliated colleagues and professional organizations in the community), we partner with multiple clinical and research teams to provide the best available & potential treatments for people with diabetes.

UMass Memorial Health 

We care for more than 8000 patients each year who receive the best diabetes treatments currently available. Personalized care is provided to help with all aspects of diabetes management.

Community Diabetes Partnership Program

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence partners with hospitals throughout Central Massachusetts to help them provide comprehensive diabetes care within their communities. Our diabetes specialists work with clinicians at these local hospitals, including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators and nutritionists.  The goal is to ensure that all people living with diabetes have all locally available resources. 

Leominster's UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital: Dr. Asem Ali, Dr. Prateek Shukla, Nurse Practitioners Susan Kim & Clare Foley

Health Alliance Fitchburg Family Practice: Dr. Asem Ali

Heywood Hospital in Gardner: Nurse Practitioner Taylor Boudreau

Milford Regional Medical Center: Dr. Samir Malkani

Tri-River Family Health Center in Uxbridge: Diabetes Educator Fernanda Costa, RN