The Diabetes Institute

Our beginning

In 2012 the Ohio University Board of Trustees announced The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University as a combined effort of the former Diabetes Research Initiative (DRI) and the Diabetes Endocrine Care Center.  This announcement facilitated the evolution of a unit that reflects a broader scope of activities than what each entity could provide alone.  Bringing the two resources together consolidated work associated with diabetes within several colleges across Ohio University. The Diabetes Institute supports significant strides toward reducing the diabetes burden regionally, nationally and globally through basic and applied research, clinical care, academic and professional training, and community outreach.

In September 2012, Ohio University appointed Darlene Berryman, PhD, RD, LD, as Executive Director of The Diabetes Institute.  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 (HCOM) from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (OHF).

The Institute is administratively supported in HCOM, with financial and personnel resources contributed by the College of Health Sciences and Professions, Edison Biotechnology Institute and the Office of Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.  This partnership shows a commitment to the University to being a leader of knowledge and distinctive educational experiences for the prevention and treatment of diabetes.