Diabetes Institute

About Us

researchers standing in a circle around the bobcat logo on the football field

Who We Are:  A collaborative group of research scientists, clinicians, educators, health administrators and students with a common interest in diabetes.

Our Mission:  To improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and translational research, progressive clinical care, education and community outreach.

Our Vision:  A Diabetes-Free Society

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Our Scope

The unique four arm structure of the Diabetes Institute is organized to ensure maximization of resources, bench to bedside collaboration and initiative development. The four divisions - Basic and Applied Research, Academic and Professional Training, Clinical Care and Community Outreach, work in partnership creating an ideal environment to meet the mission of the Institute.



September 6, 2018
John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., a faculty researcher with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been honored by the Endocrine Society with one of its prestigious 2019 Laureate Awards, considered the top honors in the field of endocrinology. Read More
August 21, 2018
Thanks to a new three-year, $600,000 grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will be expanding a collaborative program launched in 2015 to improve health outcomes and lower costs for diabetes patients in southeastern Ohio. Among the improvements will be the addition of services aimed specifically at children with diabetes in seven southeast Ohio counties. Read More
August 20, 2018
A research project headed by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty member Sonia Michael Najjar, Ph.D., which aims to better understand how fatty liver disease can progress to cirrhosis by way of liver fibrosis, has received a four-year R01 research project grant for more than $1.74 million from the National Institutes of Health. Read More
August 14, 2018
A faculty researcher at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the leaders of a new project to explore a chemical pathway by which changes in fat metabolism brought on by human obesity can lead to cardiovascular disease. The study, “Identifying a novel regulatory pathway of vascular function in obesity,” has been awarded a four-year, $2.2 million R01 (research project) grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read More


November Diabetes Research Seminar Friday, November 16 at 3:00 PM
Heritage College, Grosvenor West 111

World Diabetes Day Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00 AM

Diabetes Free Clinic Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00 PM
Heritage Community Clinic, Grosvenor Hall Ground Floor

Diabetes Coalition Meeting Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 AM
Heritage College, Grosvenor West 111

Diabetes Support Group Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 PM
Athens Community Center

October Diabetes Research Seminar Friday, October 19 at 3:00 PM
Grosvenor West 111