Welcome to the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
and Penn Diabetes Research Center

The IDOM was established in 2005 to address the ever increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity. In 2016, there were 29.1 million people with diabetes in the United States, and more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. In 2012, the cost of diabetes was estimated at $245 billion per year, and the Centers for Disease Control has projected that one out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime.

The mission of the IDOM is to support and develop successful approaches to the prevention, treatment, and cure of diabetes mellitus and obesity.

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Recent News

Dr. Michael Rickels and team are featured in JCEM Best of 2016

Long-Term Improvement in Glucose Control and Counterregulation by Islet Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes
Michael R. Rickels, Amy J. Peleckis, Eileen Markmann, Cornelia Dalton-Bakes, Stephanie M. Kong, Karen L. Teff, and Ali Naji

Published in November 2016


At N. Philly Middle School, Kids Learn to Look out for a Disease that Once Struck Only Grownups

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the work of Mark Schutta, MD, director of the Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, and a team from the Center, who recently led a diabetes education assembly at St. Martin de Porres school in North Philadelphia

Philadelphia Inquirer Article >>


Seminars & Events

April 28 - Hammond Lecture

12:00 pm - JMEC Law Auditorium
“Melanocortin Signaling: From Pharmacology to Pharmacotherapy”
Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute

May 2, 2017

Guillaume de Lartigue, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine & John B. Pierce Laboratory

Title: "Delineating Gut-Brain Neural Signals that Separately Encode Appetition and Satiation”

May 17 - Obesity Research Day

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2017 Spring Seminar Schedule