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

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 >>


Molecular “Pillars” Team Up to Protect Liver from Toxic Fat Buildup

Mitchell A. Lazar, MD, PhD

A new study published online in Cell Metabolism by a team led by Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism in the Perelman School of Medicine, revealed a surprising relationship between two molecules that works to store fat and promote fat burning for energy. 

Penn Medicine News Release >>

Seminars & Events

Claudio J. Villanueva, Ph.D. – University of Utah School of Medicine
Title: “Adaptive Thermogenesis and the Impact on Lipid Metabolism” 

Richard B. Simerly, Ph.D. – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Title: “Constructing Neural Architecture for Metabolic Regulation” 

Shingo Kajimura, Ph.D., – University of California San Francisco
Title: “The Colors of Fat: Brown, Beige, and White” 

Sigrid C. Veasey, M.D.,  – University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Chronic Short Sleep: Fueling Metabolic Embers of Alzheimer's Disease” 

2017 Spring Seminar Schedule