Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), is a NIH-sponsored Diabetes Center that facilitates the discovery, application, and translation of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of people with diabetes involving more than 120 faculty distributed among 15 departments in 3 schools and 4 colleges at Vanderbilt and neighboring Meharry Medical College.

Vanderbilt's annual Diabetes Day gathers all scientists conducting diabetes-related research at Vanderbilt and Meharry.

The Virtual Diabetes Research Center Seminar Series feature an outstanding speaker discussing the latest in diabetes, obesity, and metabolic research representing diabetes research centers from across the country.

Research Cores


Animal Physiology & Phenotyping
Vanderbilt Metabolic Physiology Shared Resource Core Kevin D Niswender MD PhD
The Metabolic Physiology Shared Resource (MPSR) provides a range of animal model systems to investigators working in the areas of diabetes and metabolism.
Assay - Human & Laboratory Animal
Vanderbilt Hormone Assay and Analytical Services Core Owen McGuinness PhD
The mission of the Vanderbilt Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core is to facilitate diabetes, endocrine, and metabolic research across a range of species.
Histology, Morphology & Imaging
Vanderbilt Cell Imaging Shared Resource Core Matthew J Tyska MD
The Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) is an institutional, fee-for-service, advanced microscopy resource.
Islet Biology & Metabolism
Vanderbilt Islet Procurement and Analysis Core Marcela Brissova PhD
The Islet Procurement & Analysis Core provides access to isolated pancreatic islets from normal and diabetic models and perform islet functional analysis.
Specialized Animal & Gene Modification
Vanderbilt Genome Editing Resource Core Mark A Magnuson MD
The mission of the Vanderbilt Genome Editing Resource (VGER) Core is to provide services, consultation and collaboration to enable the generation, storage and regeneration of genetically altered mice at Vanderbilt.