Schulze Diabetes Institute

Pioneering superior transplant therapeutics for people burdened with diabetes.

Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s Schulze Diabetes Institute are driven to reverse Type 1 Diabetes. Through pioneering islet transplantation treatments and ongoing research efforts, our goal is to enable people to live diabetes-free lives.


University of Minnesota Achieves Transplant in Monkeys Without Long-term Immune-fighting Drug

UMN researchers with the Department of Surgery and Schulze Diabetes Institute have maintained long-term survival and function of pancreatic islet transplants despite complete discontinuation of all anti-rejection drugs on day 21 after the transplant.

Latest News


Bernhard J. Hering, MD been selected for membership in the University of Minnesota’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research and in Team Science.

This Academy is intended to serve as the highest recognition of excellence in faculty research. Those selected have enhanced the reputation of the University of Minnesota through nationally and internationally recognized, sustained, quality health-related research in their fields.

Dr. Hering has given the following presentations:

June 8, 2020 “Cures 2: Exogenous Approach Cell (Beta) Replacement Therapy for T1D" ENDO Online 2020, Endocrine Society.

October 28, 2020 “History of Allo-Islet Transplantation at the University of Minnesota”, Transplant Conference, University of Minnesota.

June 16, 2020 "Cross-Network Conundrum 'A': Recurrent Autoimmune Disease after Transplant in Long-Standing Type 1 Diabetes", Cross Type 1 Diabetes Network Leaders Meeting, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (June 16, 2020).

Drs. Hering, Singh, and Ramachandran all attended the FOCIS (Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, Oct 28-31, 2020

Islets Offer New Life

The SDI is one of only nine places in the world where patients can get life-changing transplants that treat Type 1 Diabetes. Our expertise is second-to-none in this area. In fact, we’ve done more islet transplants than anywhere else. Is this treatment right for you? 

If you have Type 1 Diabetes and would like to be considered for future islet transplant clinical trials, you can submit your information here.


Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. Either the body does not produce enough insulin, or cells do not respond to the insulin produced.


Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This occurs when enzymes are activated within the organ and they start to digest the pancreas itself. 

Get Involved

The Schulze Diabetes Institute relies upon the support of many—from large foundations to individuals with a vested interest in finding a cure. The best way to support our work is to get involved!


The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) works to advance research, education, care, and outreach at the University of Minnesota through private gifts. Please consider making a donation to these funds:


Meet like-minded people and have fun while raising money and awareness for diabetes research.

Golf Classic “fore” Diabetes Research

The funds raised through this tournament, dinner and silent auction event solely benefit the Schulze Diabetes Institute. This event has raised more than $5 million to support our work. 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes 

Taking place each year at the Mall of America, the JDRF walk is one of the largest fundraiser walks in the Twin Cities area. The Schulze Diabetes Institute is a major recipient of JDRF grants.

Give to the Max Day

The University of Minnesota Foundation participates in an annual Minnesota event called Give to the Max Day—a day each November set aside for Minnesotans to support causes close to their hearts. Designate your gift on this day to help further a cure for diabetes.