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DRC Research Focus Areas

The JHU-UMD DRC consists of 144 investigators performing diabetes and endocrinology biomedical research funded by federal and private organizations. Their research base is organized into seven focus groups.

Cell Biology and Immunology

Members of this focus group are interested in broad questions related to endocrine cell function.

Diabetic Complications

Members of this focus group are interested in complications classically associated with diabetes (nephropathy, neuropathy, and retinopathy) and associated conditions. 


Members of this group represent a broad interest in the genetics of diabetes and endocrine conditions.

Gene Regulation

Basic mechanisms of gene regulation are studied by members of this focus group.

Members of this focus group are addressing basic mechanisms of adipocyte function, mechanisms that contribute to the development of obesity as well as its metabolic consequences.

Receptor and Signaling

This focus group is interested in hormone signaling.  The members concentrate in one of two areas: cell membrane signaling and nuclear signaling.

Clinical and Translational
Members within this focus group have a concentration on translation from the research setting to practice and public health policy. 

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