About The Diabetes Research Center

The University of Washington (UW) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is one of 16 DRCs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (P30 DK017047), to promote basic, translational, and clinical research in diabetes and related metabolic disorders. The Director is Steven Kahn, M.B., Ch.B., Deputy Director is Karin Bornfeldt, Ph.D., and Associate Director is Jerry Palmer, M.D., all professors in the Department of Medicine.

The goals of the DRC are to:

  • Create a strong and diverse research base built on a principle of collaboration among affiliate investigators;
  • Provide services through five biomedical research cores, leveraging the available funding and expertise;
  • Interact with other key research programs and facilities at UW;
  • Operate a robust Pilot and Feasibility Program and sponsor other funding opportunities
  • Sponsor an Enrichment Program comprised of a seminar series, endowed lectureships and symposia that create an environment of scientific interchange and education;
  • Provide training of graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows.