Indiana University

The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana. As one of only 16 centers in the United States that is National Institutes of Health (NIH)-designated, the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases is funded by both NIH and the IUPUI Signature Center Initiative and includes more than 80 investigators engaged in basic and translational research in diabetes and related metabolic disorders and their complications.

From the exploration of basic cell models to the administration of new therapies for the management and treatment of diabetes, the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases is dedicated to improving the lives of patients through scientific discovery.

The IU School of Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) is comprised of four research cores that serve as a vital resource for innovative and translational research. The center’s research program is augmented by educational and funding activities that cultivate and promote investigators to become leaders in diabetes research by linking researchers, scientific discovery and the Indianapolis community.

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Research Cores


Animal Physiology & Phenotyping
Indiana Swine Core Michael Sturek PhD
The central function of the Indiana Diabetes Research Center Swine Core is to reduce barriers to the use of Ossabaw swine, a unique animal model that closely approximates human metabolic syndrome (MetS) and progression to type 2 diabetes.
Clinical & Translational Studies
Indiana Translation Core Tamara S Hannon MD MS
The Translation Core serves the needs of Indiana DRC affiliated investigators whose research programs require measurements in human subjects or tissues.
Histology, Morphology & Imaging
Indiana Microscopy Core Kenneth W Dunn PhD
The Microscopy Core is a nationally recognized core service at IU School of Medicine that provides outstanding consultation and access to state-of-the-art microscope equipment.
Islet Biology & Metabolism
Indiana Islet and Physiology Core Carmella Evans-Molina MD PhD
The Islet Core is renowned for its excellence in biphasic functional characterizations of all types of islets, providing invaluable interpretive value to the many existing and planned rodent models of obesity and diabetes.