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World-Class Research, Quality Patient Care and a Leading Medical School

The ultimate goal of the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence is to cure diabetes.  Led by two of the top globally renowned names in diabetes, David Harlan, MD and Dale Greiner, PhD, our strategic alliances and collaborations puts us among the most advanced and innovative cutting-edge research and patient care.

Innovative Diabetes Research

What sets our research team apart is that we study human tissues and cells, to reconstruct diabetes in living immune systems, using our unique “humanized” mice.  Our internationally respected basic research scientists collaborate to investigate the root causes of diabetes, and apply that knowledge to develop therapies to improve the quality of life for people living with the disease.  Our clinical research drive our therapies, providing the best available treatment, and moving us closer to the cure.

Comprehensive Diabetes Patient Care

The DCOE care team is continuously improving our individualized patient-centered approach.  Recognizing that the individual with diabetes is the most important member of the team, we work with them to provide the most up to date and effective treatments and education. 


UMass Medical School ranks among the top 10 percent nationwide in primary care according to the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings of the best graduate schools in the country.  The report also ranks us as one of the top research institutions.  We're preparing 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.