Indiana University

Diabetes & Obesity Research Training Program

Diabetes & Obesity Research Training Program


Mission Statement:

Diabetes and its complications affect some 20 million Americans with an annual cost to society in excess of $100 billion. In the USA, obesity has reached epidemic proportions which further increases the incidence of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious ailment linked to abnormalities in metabolism and nutritional regimen. It is essential to increase the number of scientists doing basic research relevant to diabetes, and obesity. Our goalis to promote the training of scientists whose research will develop new understandings dortp.jpgof the basis of the disease and its complications, and thereby speed the discovery of more effective therapies.

Program: PhD Preceptors (see overleaf) with diabetes related projects are selected from the basic Science Department graduate programs or interdisciplinary programs. Students will fulfill the requirements of the respective program and additionally will complete a Minor in Diabetes and Obesity. Students will attend the Center for Diabetes Research seminar series. Fellowships for students in the program are available on a competitive basis. Post-doctoral mentors are selected from the same set of faculty. Both fellows and students will be required to participate in certain courses and other activities proscribed by the program.

Application: PhD students typically apply at the end of their first year of study once they have selected a mentor. Alternatively, students may apply to the program at the time of application to one of the IU Medical School Graduate Programs which would have to accept the student prior to consideration by the Diabetes and Obesity Program. The student would have to select a mentor from the participating faculty (see overleaf). Combined MD/PhD students would apply once they have chosen their mentor and to cover periods when they are considered PhD students. Post-doctoral fellows can apply once at Indiana University or during negotiations with the listed preceptors.

For additional information, contact Dr. Peter J. Roach at