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David M. Harlan, MD

William and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine

Co-Director, UMass Chan Medical School Diabetes Center of Excellence 

Director, JDRF Center of Excellence in New England 

Dr. Harlan is an internationally acclaimed diabetes physician-scientist at UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts

Diabetes Care

While chief of the Diabetes Division at UMass Memorial, Dr. Harlan increased volume and greatly improved the level of care in the adult diabetes clinic. He leads by example and strives to improve care delivery systems. Dr. Harlan's patients benefit from his extensive knowledge of the disease and the manner in which he listens to each individual and works with them to develop a diabetes management plan. He believes that the person living with diabetes is the most important member of their own care team.

Type 1 Diabetes Research

For nearly 40 years Dr. Harlan has led basic and clinical research exploring the pathophysiology of diabetes. His clinical trials are testing new therapies and investigating human biology as it relates to diabetes and its treatment. His current research is focused on beta cell biology and the anti-beta cell immune response underlying type 1 diabetes. 

In the News

JDRF Appoints David M. Harlan, MD, as Director of their Center of Excellence in New England

Dr. Harlan's professional passion recently became personal with the Type 1 diabetes diagnosis of his son as mentioned in this Spectrum News coverage of the JDRF Center of Excellence in New England appointing him Director of the regional research collaboration. In this video, he explains how the scientists are executing their plan to cure Type 1 diabetes.

Additional News Coverage 

2022 Rachmiel Levine Award at the City of Hope Levine-Riggs Diabetes Research Symposium

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Dr. Harlan was recognizing for his diabetes research career.  In this video he shares his award lecture with colleagues at Worcester's UMass Memorial Medical Center

HLA Class II antigen processing and presentation pathway components demonstrated by transcriptome and protein analyses of beta cells from donors with type 1 diabetes

We definitively show that beta cells express these important immune pathway gene products, resolving a three decades long debate