Diabetes affects many tissues and functions including the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and brain. Establishment of the Center for Diabetes Research in 2006 reflected that diabetes is a major and growing area of research in the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The Center works to increase awareness of diabetes and to facilitate continued growth in diabetes-related research by developing programs that integrate basic and clinical research. Our diabetes research studies cover the spectrum of modern research. They range from laboratory studies investigating basic cellular mechanisms leading to diabetes to participation in major clinical trials of prevention and treatment programs.

The Medical School has special strengths in several areas of diabetes research which includes studies of the genetic contributors to diabetes and its complications, such as cardiovascular disease and nephropathy and genetic research in minority populations is another area of emphasis.

Center Goals

To identify the causes of and to develop new approaches for prevention and treatment of diabetes and diabetes-associated complications, as we continue to expand basic sciences to complement the visible strengths in genetics and epidemiology. This will develop a nationally recognized, balanced, multidisciplinary program for diabetes research.

Published Research Highlights

The number of our peer-reviewed manuscripts published in top-tier journals illustrates our productivity and the importance of our research. Our ultimate goal is to obtain knowledge that will provide novel insights into understanding the complex mechanisms involved in Type 2 diabetes mellitus susceptibility and complications associated with diabetes. This, in turn, motivates additional research to understand these findings and to identify potential treatment targets.