The UW Diabetes Institute at the University of Washington

We work together for a future free of disease related to diabetes and obesity

Learn About Our 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.

Disease Information

Two-thirds of the adult U.S. population is overweight and one-half of those individuals – one-third of the adult population – are obese. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (formerly known as “adult-onset”) has also increased markedly in recent decades not only among adults, but in children as well. Although type 1 diabetes is less common, it is a potentially devastating disorder affecting both children and adults and, while treatments for both types of diabetes exist, neither is curable and effective treatments for obesity have yet to be developed.

How To Get Involved

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 Diabetes Institute is improving lives throughout the Northwest and around the world.

Our Research Programs

Latest News and Events

UW Diabetes Institute Researchers Published in Nature Communications

Dr. Mauricio Dorfman, PhD, is first author and Dr. Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD is senior author on the article entitled “Sex differences in microglial CX3CR1 signaling determine obesity susceptibility in mice”

UW Diabetes Institute Researcher Gregory Morton Receives NIH R01 Award

Dr. Gregory Morton, PhD, has been awarded a competing renewal for his NIH R01 project entitled “CNS mechanisms governing diabetic hyperglycemia”.

UW Diabetes Institute Researcher Francis Kim Receives NIH R01 Award

Dr. Francis Kim, MD, has been awarded an NIH R01 grant for his project entitled “Endothelial nitric oxide synthase and regulation of macrophage function”.

UW Diabetes Institute Researcher Mauricio Dorfman Receives AHA Scientist Development Grant

Dr. Mauricio Dorfman, PhD, has been awarded an American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant for his project entitled “Sex-specific microglial signaling in the pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes.”

UW Diabetes Institute Executive Director Michael Schwartz in the News

Dr. Michael Schwartz, MD, has been featured by several prominent news organizations in recent weeks to discuss the pathogenesis of obesity in long-term weight loss.

UW Diabetes Institute Researcher Jenny Kanter, PhD, Receives ADA Innovative Basic Science Award

Dr. Jenny Kanter has been awarded an Innovative Basic Science Award from the American Diabetes Association for her project entitled “Diabetes and Myocardial Infarction – Do They Synergize to Accelerate Atherosclerosis?