The Diabetes Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine is part of an integrated program for diabetes and related endocrinology and metabolism research overseen by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Information on all ongoing NIDDK Research Centers can be found on the Diabetes Research Centers website.
The overall goal of the DRC is to support and facilitate innovative research towards the elucidation of the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus and the pathophysiologic basis of diabetic complications, development of new treatments and the implementation of translational research in diverse diabetes populations. The DRC seeks to achieve these long-range goals and objectives via the following objective:
To create and sustain an exceptional environment that supports innovative, multidisciplinary and collaborative research in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism.
The rationale for establishing the DRC at Baylor includes:
- Facilitating a close interaction and collaboration among the multiple departments, centers and programs conducting diabetes research at Baylor
- Encouraging and facilitating diabetes research by supporting existing investigators who have been admitted into the DRC and by attracting and recruiting new investigators through enrichment programs as well as a pilot and feasibility program
- Engendering new ideas and interactions among investigators
- Creating new partnerships
- Stimulating new projects related to diabetes
Additionally, the DRC strives to foster cooperation among investigators in the four categories of diabetes research where Baylor excels:
- Clinical diabetes, metabolism and nutrition research
- Basic and translational research in the biology and physiology of diabetes, complications and therapy
- Molecular endocrinology
- Adipogenesis and energy metabolism