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Under the co-direction of David M. Harlan, MD and Dale Greiner, PhD, the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) fosters clinical & basic diabetes research with clinicians and investigators from all over the world. The UMass Chan Medical School is consistently ranked as one of the leading medical schools in the nation for primary care education by U.S. News & World Report.   

Ambulatory Care Center  

Adult & pediatric diabetes care clinics are located on the second floor of this state-of-the-art building at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.  Clinical and translational research are also conducted in the ACC building.

Albert Sherman Center  

DCOE research labs are located on the 7th floor of this world-class building equipped with ImmunoSpot analyzers, microplate & microarray readers, flow cytometers, NanoDrop microvolume spectrophotometers, luminometers, 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.

JDRF New England Research Collaborative

Seven UMass Chan DCOE research labs are collaborating with Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center, Children's Medical Center and The Jackson Laboratory to transplant stem cell-derived (SC) islets into our unique "humanized" mouse models to recreate and study human type 1 diabetes like never before. This collaborative research group, led by UMass Chan DCOE co-director David Harlan, MD, is focused on understanding the autoimmune attack on insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells, and is using gene editing technology to engineer those cells to evade autoimmune attack. The goal is a cell replacement therapy without the need for immunosuppressive drugs, that can be scaled for clinical trials and ultimately cure diabetes. 

UMass Memorial Health 

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

Community Diabetes Partnership Program

The UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence partners with hospitals throughout Central Massachusetts to assist in providing comprehensive care within their communities. Our specialists work with area clinicians to ensure that all people living with diabetes have access to local resources. 

  • HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster
  • Health Alliance Fitchburg Family Practice 
  • Heywood Hospital in Gardner 
  • Milford Regional Medical Center 
  • Tri-River Family Health Center in Uxbridge