Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Save-the-Date: 2022 virtual Diabetes Research Days - May 16 and May 23 from 1-4 PM.  Please see the News tab for more details in our latest newsletter.

2022 Pilot and Feasibility Grants - please see the Grant Programs tab for details

The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota is uniquely poised to become a premier research institute that is focused on advancing knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications through cutting edge research.

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    The mission of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) is to enhance research quality by growing multidisciplinary collaborations in diabetes research by creating a rich environment that unites diabetes investigators through enrichment and training opportunities, to provide access to pilot funds, and to make cost-effective animal physiology services available to members of the IDOM. Our goal is to create the environment and infrastructure necessary to support funded diabetes investigators and the integration of their data into our greater understanding of the whole of diabetes.

    We are committed to creating a research environment that supports fundamental projects designed to understand the basic biology of the disease and then translating these findings to humans. This commitment will ensure that our basic findings are relevant to the human model and support of the development of new ways to prevent and treat the disease and its complications.

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    Pilot and Feasibility


    Important Dates for 2022 P&F Grants: June 6 - Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) June 20 - Applicants notified of invitation to submit full proposal July 18 - Deadline to submit full application Late August - Awards announcement Full instructions are provided in the 2022 P&F Announcement 


    The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Chow, from the Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, along with Co-PI, Dr. Rui Zhang, from the Institute for Health Informatics and the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, are awarded $50,000 for FY22. Their project: "Use of a Mobile Food Record, Enhanced by a Novel Artificial Intelligence-Based Informatics Framework, to Expand Capture of Dietary Intake" Congratulations to our 2021 UMN/UI Collaborative Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Grant Award Recipients!


    The first cycle of the IDOM P&F program was recently completed.  

    David Bernlohr from BMBB was awarded $50,000 for each of the next two years to complete the work described in his application, “Adipose Senescence and Type 2 Diabetes".  

    Doug Mashek, from BMBB and the Department of Medicine, along with Eric Taylor from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa were recipients of the collaborative award designed to support work lead by investigators at both UMN and UI. Their project, “Defining the role of lipid droplet-mitochondria interactions in spatiotemporal regulation of energy metabolism”, will be performed with the support of $100,000 funds over two years from the IDOM and $100,000 over two years from FOEDRC at the UI. 

    IDOM Equipment Fund

    IDOM will consider requests to provide funds for the purchase of new multi-user equipment that will be utilized by two or more members of IDOM. The limit for IDOM supported equipment purchases is $10,000 but in unique circumstances greater levels of support may be considered. Request to provide funds to support service contracts of existing equipment are discouraged. Applications will be reviewed by the IDOM Executive Committee on a rolling basis and generally be completed within 3 weeks of receipt of application. For more information, see our application process.


    Individuals applying for membership should submit a current CV and a cover letter to with the subject IDOM membership request. The cover letter should include:

    • Why the investigator wants to join the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
    • What expertise and research interests he/she brings, and
    • An idea of the collaboration or research in which he/she would like to engage

Post-Doctoral Training

In existence since 1977, the post-doctoral training program in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism at the University of Minnesota has prepared MDs and PhDs for successful research careers in academic medicine. This preparation has centered upon the critical interaction between the trainee and the research mentor.

All mentors in this program have national or international reputations in their respective areas and have strong track records in mentoring. Our faculty have expertise in cellular metabolism and genetics; endocrinology and signaling; neurobiology and appetite regulation of obesity; stem cell biology, autoimmunity, and β-cell biology; and clinical aspects of endocrine disease.

Trainees enter the program after they have either completed a residency program in internal medicine or received a PhD in a biological science at a major research University. Graduates of the program are established at Universities and research institutions worldwide.

Enrichment Activities

  • View the RECORDING "Diabetes and COVID-19", of our April 20th Frontiers in Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism Seminar, presented by Dr. Anne Peters, Director of the USC Clinical Diabetes Program at the Keck School of Medicine. This seminar was co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) and the University of Minnesota Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism (IDOM).
  • University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Frontiers in Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism Lecture Series
    Mondays at 1 PM
  • The University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism invites you to our Annual Diabetes Research Day. The 2021 virtual Diabetes Research Day this year will be spread across two days, March 8th and March 15th from 12-4 PM. This years’ presentations will be conducted via Zoom and include two keynote addresses, presentations by our T32 trainees, and concurrent virtual poster sessions based on submitted abstracts.
    Further details on the Zoom session links, speakers, and virtual poster information will be forthcoming.
    Abstracts for the Diabetes Research Day poster session will be due on or before February 28th and should be ~ 200-300 words and sent to"