The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University grew out of the successes of the Diabetes Research Initiative (DRI), which existed from 2005-2011 with support from the Vice President for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the ARHI Diabetes Endocrine Center which was established in 2006. Both entities provided opportunities for Ohio University researchers and clinicians to better collaborate, communicate and conduct interdisciplinary and "bench to bedside" research projects in the area of diabetes. Basic research focused on elucidating new molecular markers, diagnostics and targeted therapeutics directed at obesity, insulin resistance, inflammation and other disease processes involved in the pathogenesis of diabetes. Clinical research focused on psychological, behavioral and social interventions for the management of diabetes and co-morbid disorders in individuals and families living in the underserved Appalachian region.
In 2012 the Ohio University Board of Trustees renamed the ARHI Diabetes Endocrine Center as The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University to facilitate the evolution of the center to a unit that reflects a broader scope of activities. This change reflects the consolidation of entities working on diabetes and metabolic diseases in the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Institute supports significant strides toward reducing the diabetes burden regionally, nationally and globally through the further development of diabetes research, clinical care, education and community outreach. The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University is integrated into the newly created Ohio University Health Sciences Center which offers an organizational incubator to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, maximize research potential and integrate health care research and training.
In September 2012, Ohio University appointed Darlene Berryman, PhD, RD, LD, as director of the Diabetes Institute, representing the first initiative of the Ohio University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Berryman's appointment was one of several strategic appointments made possible in part by a historic $105 million gift to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. The Institute is also supported with financial and personnel resources contributed by the College of Health Science of Professions, the Edison Biotechnology Institute and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Its foundations reflect a focus on diabetes in academic programs, research and health outreach to the community.
About the Diabetes Institute's sponsoring colleges:
The College of Health Sciences and Professions
With an online and campus enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to Ohio University's fastest-growing academic programs. The college also oversees several community service providers that offer valuable practical experience for its students. These include WellWorks, a fitness and nutrition center that serves campus employees, Ohio University Therapy Associates, whose hearing, speech and physical therapy clinics provide care for the medically underserved region, and Kids on Campus, whose after school and summer programs help children who are academically at risk.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine strives to provide a patient-centered, clinically integrated medical education continuum, from pre-medical education through residency training, with an emphasis on primary care. Focused research and community health programs speak to the college's commitment to improving health and well-being in Ohio communities and quality of life for patients. Commercialized medical research innovations have saved patient lives worldwide and helped recognize Ohio University as first in the state and fourth in the nation among higher education institutions for research return-on-investments. The state's only osteopathic medical school, the college was founded in 1975 and is located at Ohio University's Athens campus.
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