Ongoing Diabetes Research

dr.Under the co-direction of David M. Harlan, MD, and Dale L. Greiner, PhD, the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) team is working together to understand the root cause(s) of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and to apply that knowledge to develop therapies to improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes. 

Our investigators enjoy a rich and ongoing history of important basic research and clinical research advances designed to elucidate the disease. 

Our Basic Diabetes Research Team

The goals of the Basic Research Faculty is to transform our understanding of diabetes by gaining new knowledge of the disease, by testing new therapies on unique biological models, and by championing a comprehensive approach to the study of diabetes.

Challenges of Finding the Cure

Meeting the challenges of finding the cure for diabetes depends on bringing together diverse expertise from across many disciplines. The DCOE is a deeply collaborative community that includes scientists from many UMass Medical School programs and departments as well as partners from the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, MIT and Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

DCOE Research Team

The DCOE research team is exploring new treatment methods building on the strengths of our basic research, and we promote translational research to bring promising laboratory advances quickly and safely into clinical practice.  Such knowledge is the shortest path to develop effective therapies, and ultimately the cure.