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.

Learn more about IDOM and DRC >>

Recent News

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 >>

Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH

November was National Diabetes Month, and the Endocrine Society celebrated this on its centennial website. The video on that home page features our own Dr. Shivani Agarwal (along with Ron Kahn of the Joslin) as well as footage of IDOM researchers in action.  

Just click on the video, and enjoy!  

Seminars & Events

Amita Sehgal - University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Clocks, Metabolism and Aging” 

Roger J. Davis, Ph.D. - University of Massachusettes Medical School
Title: “Metabolic Stress Signaling by JNK” 

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” 

2017 Spring Seminar Schedule