Welcome to the DRC!
The Penn Diabetes Research Center (DRC) participates in the nationwide inter-disciplinary program established over thirty-five years ago by the NIDDK to foster research and training in the areas of diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The Penn DRC is located in the newly opened Translational Research Center, which is a component part of a single integrated building providing health services for patients, biomedical research laboratories, and education space. The Penn DRC serves over 110 diabetes-oriented investigators primarily from the Perelman School of Medicine, but also from other Schools within the University of Pennsylvania as well as additional Philadelphia institutions including Jefferson and Temple.
The Penn DRC is highly interactive and interdisciplinary, representing many basic science and clinical departments at Penn and the other institutions. The Research Base of the Penn DRC includes investigators organized in the following 4 focus areas:
- Beta Cell Physiology and Pathology
- Signaling by Insulin and Other Hormones
- Cardiovascular Metabolism and Complications
The Penn DRC facilitates and supports research in diabetes and endocrinology in a variety of ways. Six Biomedical Research Core facilities are designed to facilitate the inter-disciplinary investigations of Penn DRC scientists:
- Functional Genomics Core
- Metabolomics Core
- Islet Cell Biology Core
- Mouse Phenotyping, Physiology and Metabolism Core
- Radioimmunoassay/Biomarkers Core
- Transgenic and Chimeric Mouse Core
- Viral Vector Core
A Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program that has been extremely successful for over three decades serves to nurture new investigators in diabetes and to foster new initiatives in diabetes. An intensive Academic Enrichment Program organizes weekly Diabetes and Endocrinology Research seminars, monthly interdisciplinary and translational focus discussions, and an annual Diabetes Day symposium as well as other activities that facilitate communication and collaboration of Penn DRC investigators while keeping them abreast of the latest discoveries in diabetes and endocrinology.
Penn DRC investigators mentor trainees at every level (undergraduate, predoctoral, and post-doctoral Ph.D., M.D., and combined M.D./Ph.D), and the DRC academic activities provide a superb environment for training in diabetes research. An Administrative Component coordinates and publicizes the Biomedical Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program, and Academic Enrichment Program. These functions of the Penn DRC maintain the diabetes-related research program at this Center at the forefront of biomedical science.