What We Do

Our Institute is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, integrating superb care for patients with diabetes, obesity and their complications with a comprehensive program for translating basic research discoveries into improved strategies for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these disorders. Housed in the new, state-of-the-art UW Medicine South Lake Union 3.2 facility, the UWMDI brings together basic research, clinical care and translational research under one roof, creating a synergistic environment for advancing new breakthroughs from bench to bedside.

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Much of the good we accomplish is made possible by private support: by people and organizations underwriting leading-edge research and providing funding to train promising fellows. With your help, the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute is improving lives throughout the Northwest and around the world.

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Basic Research
Translational Research
Clinical Research
Patient Care

Basic Research

Laying the groundwork for new discoveries

Our research faculty work together to investigate novel hypotheses and discover new drug targets, biomarkers, and prevention strategies to combat diabetes and its complications.

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Translational Research

Bridging the gap between bench and bedside

Our investigators harness knowledge from our basic research program to investigate whether new biomarkers can identify high-risk patients for successful treatment, efficiencies of new drugs and devices, and additional treatment and prevention options for patients.

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Clinical Research

Improving medical treatments to effectively prevent, diagnose and treat diabetes

Clinical trials at the UWMDI seek to evaluate prevention strategies developed by our basic and translational research programs.

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Patient Care

Completing the cycle with new, cutting edge prevention and treatments that enhance patient lives.

The UWMDI unites Basic, Translational and Clinical Research with outstanding patient care.

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UW Diabetes Institute Clinic

The UW Diabetes Institute Clinic, part of UW Medicine, consists of caring, motivated, and highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and pharmacists, working together to provide comprehensive diabetes care, education, nutrition advice, and support in a friendly atmosphere.

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Adolescent and Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinic

The AYA Diabetes Transition Clinic is a clinic designed to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with diabetes mellitus who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care. The clinic is comprised of both adult and pediatric endocrinologists, a psychologist, a social worker, a dietitian, and a nurse educator with the goal of promoting health while addressing specific physical and psychosocial aspects that affect the care of adolescents and young adults.

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Clinical Trial & Research

The UWMDI Clinical Research Unit is located adjacent to the UW Diabetes Institute Clinic, which is the primary UW facility for outpatient diabetes care, affording an exceptional environment for interactions between scientists and clinical providers.

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Research programs

The Institute draws upon the expertise of a wide range of investigators with complementary interests in diabetes, obesity, inflammation, lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis. Members of the Institute's faculty conduct both basic research to clarify the mechanisms causing diabetes and obesity and their consequences, and translational research to transform their research findings into clinical solutions.

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