Celebrating a fantastic 2019 in the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center
Celebrating a fantastic 2019 in the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center
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Celebrating 2019 in the DMRC

DMRC Colleagues, 

The new year provides opportunities to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go.  Our progress since launching in 2014 has been truly remarkable and 2019 was probably the best yet.  A few recent highlights:
  • 2019 was a banner year for impactful discoveries and publications that are bringing international recognition to your own disciplines and to our DMRC community.
  • We received a very good score on our first-ever application to become an NIDDK-designated Diabetes Research Center.  Reviewers were profoundly impressed by the quality of our science, the extent of our collaboration and the commitment of the institution.
  • The Driving Out Diabetes Initiative (DODi), led by Angie Fagerlin, Robin Marcus, and Julie Metos, expanded its outreach in the community and care in the clinics, reaching more than 30,000 people in the Intermountain West and presenting new opportunities to expand behavioral and clinical research throughout our university and DMRC community.
These successes are a direct result of the commitment to excellence of the people that comprise the DMRC.  We anticipate adding 5-10 new faculty recruits in 2020, each of which will bring new expertise and expand collaborative research opportunities. We are excited about our trajectory and are confident that the future will be even brighter. 

We wish to thank Bridget Hughes and Sara Salmon for the outstanding support of our center. None of our successes would be possible without their dedication and commitment. And we wish to express our thanks to all of you for making the DMRC such an impactful program and for making the University of Utah such a wonderful place to work.

We are looking forward to an outstanding 2020.

Jared Rutter & Scott Summers, DMRC Co-Directors

Imagining a World Without Diabetes

The DMRC is accelerating research in the field by recruiting faculty who work on diabetes, metabolism or obesity; providing seed grants for innovative projects; developing new technologies, and catalyzing collaboration through seminars and interest groups. Read more

Things To Do

 Spread the word...

There are 3 ongoing faculty searches across 10 departments.  Share the following opportunities with your colleagues!

 Take advantage...

If you have a new interest or want to develop a new methodology in metabolism, apply for the Metabolomics Core Support Program!
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Things To Know


  • Congratulations to the 2019 Driving Out Diabetes seed grant awardees!
  • In 2019, diabetes and metabolism training programs served 5 pre-docs, 5 post-docs, 12 medical students, and 10 Native American undergraduates.
  • Scott Summers (PI) and colleagues submitted the University of Utah's first Diabetes Research Center grant proposal. Thank you to everyone who participated by providing information and advice!

Research Highlights

Targeting a ceramide double bond improves insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis (Science) - announcement

T cell–mediated regulation of the microbiota protects against obesity (Science) - announcement

Mitochondrial PE potentiates respiratory enzymes to amplify skeletal muscle aerobic capacity (Science Advances) - announcement

Machine learning reveals serum sphingolipids as cholesterol-independent biomarkers of coronary artery disease (Journal of Clinical Investigation) - announcement

Executive cognitive functions and behavioral control differentially predict HbA1c in type 1 diabetes across emerging adulthood (Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society)

Regulation of tumor initiation by the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier (Cell Metabolism)

Identification of a paracrine signaling mechanism linking CD34high progenitors to the regulation of visceral fat expansion and remodeling (Cell Reports)

Long-term diabetes risk among endometrial cancer survivors in a population-based cohort study (Gynocologic Oncology)

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC and colleagues find that altruism and a lack of access and affordability are three reasons why people with diabetes turn to the “black market” for medicines and supplies. These findings were highlighted in NPR's Science Friday.

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A Year of Events

2019 Diabetes and Metabolism Fall Retreat

Featuring keynote speaker Mitch Lazar, MD, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania, the 2019 Fall Retreat highlighted research across the U of U from trainees, clinicians, and researchers, as well as an update on the progress of the Driving Out Diabetes initiative.

World Diabetes Day

November is a month to bring awareness to diabetes through National Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day on November 14th. The DMRC and Driving Out Diabetes initiative brought recognition to diabetes during research and community events.

Innovations in Health Behaviors Research Symposium

For the first time, the DMRC partnered with 9 departments to host 7 national researchers conducting innovative research in health behaviors of diabetes prevention and management.

2019 Rising Stars Symposium

The DMRC was excited to participate in the Rising Stars Symposium, hosted by the departments of biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and nutrition and integrative physiology. This event promoted the cutting-edge work of postdocs and junior faculty from across the country.

Seminars in Metabolism

The DMRC partnered with Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2019 to bring even more fantastic speakers to the seminar, especially in areas of cancer metabolism.

Health Behaviors Seminar Series

2019 brought together the Health Behaviors community to learn about the beginnings of the Diabetes Prevention Program, the importance of considering health inequities in interventions, and optimizing social support in behaviors change.
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