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Directors' Message

Welcome to the Center for Diabetes and Metabolism website. The center is the home for clinical, educational, and scientific discovery for diabetes and obesity-related programs throughout our university system and amongst our clinical partners. Within our center, we study diabetes, obesity, and metabolic disorders, and offer research-driven treatments through Northwestern Medical Group.

Comprehensive Center

Our goal is to bring together the efforts related to diabetes, metabolism, and obesity at Northwestern Medicine under one center to better collaborate and share information and resources. This includes:

  • Basic research happening across a variety of specialties and multiple areas at the university
  • The translational research of Northwestern University Center for the Advancement of Diabetes Translational Research (NUCADRe) as they amplify the productivity, scale, and impact of Diabetes Translational Research and develop methodologic expertise and resources that advance the science of DTR
  • Clinical research efforts across Northwestern Medicine and Feinberg-affiliated hospitals

We are excited and confident that Northwestern Medicine is uniquely poised to establish a premier center to implement team-based clinical care for individuals with diabetes and obesity and to catalyze bench-to-bedside advances to tailor our approach and personalize the care of each patient. Additionally, we envision that the new center will foster an interdisciplinary environment to identify new inroads to fight disease–enabling Northwestern to achieve international leadership as a major medical center combating this rising epidemic.

We will incorporate genetic, molecular, and physiological breakthroughs into the development of effective interventions and treatments for our Feinberg-affiliated hospitals and clinics, accelerating our ability to fight diabetes and obesity, ranging from studies of gestational diabetes and pregnancy risk, to disorders of sleep and circadian rhythms in diabetes, to polycystic ovarian syndrome as a risk of diabetes, and to the pervasive challenge of obesity and metabolic syndrome risk.  

We thank you for visiting our site. Please contact us with your questions and comments.

Dr. Ackermann


Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Public Health
Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine
James Roscoe Miller Professor of Medicine
Dr. Bass


Joseph T. Bass, MD, PhD
Chief of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine
Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine