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World-Class Diabetes Research and Care 
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts

Research to Prevent and Cure Diabetes at UMass Chan Medical School

Diabetes Research at UMass Medical School

Under the co-direction of Dale L. Greiner, PhD, and David M. Harlan, MD, the goal of the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) at UMass Chan Medical School is to prevent and cure diabetes. Our DCOE research faculty is gaining new knowledge of the disease by studying human tissues and human cells inside of our unique biological models, which mimic the human immune system. Understanding what causes diabetes will allow us to develop effective therapies, and ultimately find the cure. 

Meet the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence Scientists

Jamie Kady Diabetes Research


Patient Wall of Honor


Lisa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Halloween night 1985 at the age of four.  Thirty-six years later she still remembers being in that hospital room.  Today the mother of two young boys credits her tight blood sugar control to preparing for pregnancy with the help of a health psychologist and her diabetes care team.  Lisa is a prime example of someone living their best life with diabetes.  View Lisa's photo essay and learn more about her successful diabetes management.  


U.S. Olympian and 4x National Figure Skating Champion, Kitty Carruthers doesn’t allow diabetes to stand in the way of her life. With determination to succeed perfected in international competitions, Kitty is also determined to succeed in staying healthy. Dr. David Harlan has been helping her for many years and together they've kept her blood sugars within a healthy range.  Kitty's story

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