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Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC)

martin myers jr. md phd Martin Myers, Jr.
M.D., M.P.H.

christin carter-su, phd

Christin Carter-Su, Ph.D.

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is a multidisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institute of Health. The center's director is Martin Myers, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes; Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology; and the Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research.

Christin Carter-Su, Ph.D., Henry Sewall Collegiate Professor in Physiology. Anita H. Payne Distinguished University Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Professor of Internal Medicine - MEND, is Associate Director. She also serves as Director of the Pilot and Feasibility Study Program, and Director of the Enrichment Program.

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and accounts for a huge national burden of morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) builds on the 35-year experience of the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center (MDRTC) as a key component of the research effort to promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research related to the etiology and complications of diabetes. The MDRC has expanded beyond the traditional MDRTC research base at the University of Michigan (UM) to include members engaged in diabetes-related research at three nearby Regional Partner Institutions: Michigan State University (MSU), Wayne State University (WSU) and the University of Toledo (UT). 

The goal of the MDRC is to establish, promote, and enhance multidisciplinary and collaborative basic biomedical and clinical research among member investigators studying diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The missions of the MDRC are to create an environment that supports important and innovative research; raise awareness and interest in fundamental and clinical diabetes research; enhance diabetes research education and training opportunities for patients, students, scientists, and clinicians; attract and retain early stage investigators and investigators new to diabetes research; provide core services that leverage funding and unique expertise; foster interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in the emerging areas of research, to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches; and promote the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to community to improve public health.

The MDRC also provides funding for core laboratories to support biomedical and translational research and patient and physician education activities:

MDRC Cores


MDRC/MCDTR Research Grants

The specific aim of the grants programs is to stimulate new research at the University of Michigan and regionally in the areas of diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. 

Research may be in areas of basic biomedical science, behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic or health services research — or in areas related to the development of methodologies for training patients and health care professionals.


For more information, visit the
Michigan Diabetes Research Center website: