John L. Tarpley Award for Extraordinary Performance of Clinical Service »

May 24, 2018 - Michael James Fowler, M.D. »

Discovery by Vanderbilt-led group could lead to improved diabetes treatment »

From left, Diane Saunders, Ph.D., Division Postdoctoral Fellow; Marcela Brissova, Ph.D., Division Research Associate Professor; and M.D./Ph.D. student Rachana Haliyur are first authors of a paradigm-shifting paper on type 1 diabetes published in the March 6th journal Cell Reports.

Telemedicine simplifies gestational diabetes treatment »

Research achievement was recognized during Vanderbilt Diabetes Day »

Among those honored were (beginning second from left) Bryan Gitschlag, Danielle Dean, Ph.D., Ian Williams, Caroline Presley, M.D., and Suzanne Starr.
Flanking award winners are Tom Elasy, M.D., M.P.H., (left) and Alvin Powers, M.D..

Diabetes Scholars Award Winners

Vanderbilt Scholar in Diabetes Graduate Student Award 
Bryan L. Gitschlag »
“Metabolic Perturbations can Regulate Mutant Mitochondrial Genome Dynamics”

Vanderbilt Scholar in Diabetes Graduate Student Award
Ian M. Williams »
“Characterization of Trans-endothelial Insulin Efflux in Skeletal Muscle
Capillaries with Intravital Microscopy”

Oscar B. Crofford Scholar in Diabetes, Postdoctoral Fellow Award, M.D. 
Caroline A. Presley, M.D. »
“Evaluation of Patient Frailty as an Unmeasured Confounder in Observational Studies
of Antidiabetic Medications”

Daryl K. Granner Scholar in Diabetes, Postdoctoral Fellow Award, Ph.D. 
Danielle Dean, Ph.D. »
“A Hepatic-islet Alpha Cell Axis”

Robert K. Hall Service Award 
Suzanne Starr »

Awarded Yearly to an outstanding staff member of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Diabetes Research and Training Center in memory of Rob Hall, Ph.D., a beloved member who died tragically in 2008.

Team Vanderbilt: Community Outreach

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Kevin Dean Niswender, Ph.D., M.D.,
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Niswender studies the neuroendocrine regulation of feeding and pathogenesis of obesity and makes extensive use of the full translational spectrum of model systems ranging from cell culture and animal models to human investigation in his work.

VUMC Joins Cutting-edge Obesity Research Network »

Niswender named Chancellor Faculty Fellow »

Study to Track Diabetes Drug’s Ability to also Treat Asthma » 

Research Profile »

Clinical Provider Profile »

Niswender Research Team »

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Marcela Brissova, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism
Director, Islet Procurement & Analysis Core

Vanderbilt Islet Procurement and Analysis Core Director Marcela Brissova, Ph.D., and her core laboratory were selected by peer review to establish the new NIH-funded HIPP. Vanderbilt’s selection is a direct result of foundational investigations that she and other Vanderbilt investigators have conducted in human islet biology, including studies emphasizing the importance of studying human islets, said Alvin Powers, M.D., Joe C. Davis Professor of Biomedical Science and director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC).

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Chunhua Dai, M.D.
Research Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism

Investigators in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) and collaborators at Stanford University have discovered new insights into the molecular mechanisms of cell proliferation in juvenile human pancreatic islets, information that could lead to new treatments for diabetes.

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Kathryn M. Dahir, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism
Associate Program Director, Fellowship Program in Endocrinology

Dahir receives grant to support study of rare metabolic disorder
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named among the country’s finest providers of adult specialty care by U.S. News and World Report, and has also been named as the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee and the Metro Nashville area for the sixth consecutive year, having topped these rankings since they were introduced in 2012. 

2017-18 US News and World Report »  

The following VUMC adult specialty care
programs were nationally ranked by U.S. News:
Cancer (44);
Cardiology and Heart Surgery (28);
Diabetes and Endocrinology (47);
Gyenecolgy (14);
Nephrology (12);
Pulmonology (34); and
Urology (9).

In the News: NIDDK Renews Vanderbilt’s Diabetes Research Grant

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) is celebrating its 44th year of operation with a five-year competitive renewal of its $9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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New Diabetes Technology Clinic informs patients about innovations (May 2017)
Diabetes care has historically led the way in telemedicine, and as early as the 1990s devices such as fax machines and personal digital assistants (PDAs) were used by physicians and their patients to better monitor glucose levels. Today’s technology takes telemedicine a step farther with wearable devices and mobile applications to track glucose levels, and to share data directly with caregivers and health care providers.

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Scholars in Diabetes - Medical Student Awards

2017 David N. Orth Recipient – Julia M. Hudnut-Beumler
2017 Oscar B. Crofford Recipient – Kristie I. Aamodt

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My Health Chat: Advances in Diabetes Research »


In the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, Kristie Aamodt, an M.D., Ph.D. student, Marcela Brissova, Ph.D., Alvin Powers, M.D., and colleagues reported a strategy to rapidly test potential mitogens for their ability to increase human beta cell replication. Human pancreatic islets were dispersed into single cells and stimulated with a series of mitogenic compounds. After staining, an automated imaging and analysis approach was developed to identify the number of dividing beta islet cells.

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Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Vice Chair for Faculty Development

VUMC REPORTER: Therapeutic targets for diabetes »

Dr. Gannon is honored as a National Institutes of Health Women Scientist

The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers is a trans-NIH effort to consider barriers for women in science and to develop innovative strategies to promote entry, recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement of women in biomedical and research careers.

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Alvin C. Powers,  M.D. is the Joe C. Davis Chair in Biologic Science and Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University, is the Director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, the Chief of the Vanderbilt Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, and the Director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center.

Rising obesity rates in South leading to rapid increase in diabetes » (Jan. 2018)

Powers elected to Association of American Physicians »

Powers Named 2017 President, Medicine & Science, of the American Diabetes Association »

Powers receives 2016 Faculty Award: Elaine Sanders-Bush Award »

Powers' Research Team »


2016 Irwin Eskind Lecture in Biomedical Science »



Vanderbilt Diabetes: Other Diabetes Research in the News »