The mission of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center is to support basic and clinical research to discover, apply and translate science about diabetes and it complications, to improve health and wellness. To advance this mission, the SDRC provides resources to support Research Cores, runs a Pilot and Feasibility Award Program to foster innovative diabetes research by Stanford investigators, and supports Enrichment Programs focused on diabetes research, education and care. The SDRC promotes the teaching and training goals of Stanford University by training the next generation of investigators and leaders of diabetes research and care.
The foundation of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center is its strong, diverse base of investigators in 23 departments and three schools within Stanford University (Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and of Humanities and Sciences). The SDRC research base is comprised of a broad group of outstanding faculty pursuing basic and clinical research. The senior faculty of the SDRC includes 12 current or previous investigators of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 12 members of the National Academies of Science, Medicine or Engineering, and a Nobel Laureate. These and other distinguished senior scientists harmonize with a vibrant core of junior SDRC investigators to form a superb research base distinguished by innovative basic and clinical science. The scientific investigations by SDRC members include the signaling and physiology of metabolism and energy homeostasis, the pathogenesis and treatment of type 1, type 2 and type 3c diabetes, diabetes complications or associated diseases like pancreas cancer, and modern bioengineering or behavioral approaches to translating new knowledge to clinical care. These interdisciplinary efforts are fostered by a unique, dynamic culture of collaboration, curiosity and ambition at Stanford that promotes and accelerates innovative, groundbreaking discovery focused on diabetes.