Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Diabetes Research


Diabetes has become a major health concern worldwide, and more research is needed in order to improve the prevention and treatment of diabetes. On Bloomington’s campus, a number of faculty members are conducting diabetes related research from various disciplines. In 2013, Indiana launched a Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) to strengthen research on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in Indiana. To promote interdisciplinary research on diabetes across campus, IU created a diabetes research team in fall 2013 on Bloomington’s campus with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). A monthly seminar on diabetes research was then established in February 2014 as a vehicle to gather faculty and students who are interested in diabetes research and to exchange information on diabetes research.   

  1. Promote research on diabetes on the Bloomington campus in concordance with the IBRI focus on diabetes research
  2. Gather faculty and students on the Bloomington campus who are interested in diabetes research
  3. Increase the exposure of faculty and students on the Bloomington campus to diabetes related research
  4. Understand the advances in diabetes research
IUB Diabetes Research Seminar Series

The diabetes research seminar is scheduled monthly on Wednesday from 2-3 pm during the fall and spring semesters in the Social Science Research Commons (SSRC) Grand Hall in Woodburn Hall. 

Upcoming seminars:

There are no upcoming seminars scheduled.

Past seminars:

March 22, 2017
Kaitlyn Sapoznik, OD, and Ting Luo, PhD candidate, Indiana University Bloomington School of Optometry
"High resolution imaging of the diabetic eye
and Modeling retinal arterial diameters and velocities at bifurcations"

February 15, 2017
Pedro Miguel Geraldes, PhD, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Diabetes and Vascular Complications, Department of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke
Regulation of protecting factors in diabetic nephropathy

November 16, 2016
Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago
“Addressing Latino Diabetes Disparities through Patient Engaged Research”

October 19, 2016
Charlie Dong, PhD, Associate Professor and Showalter Scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis, Investigator, Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases
“Genetic and epigenetic regulation of liver metabolism and diseases”

September 21, 2016
Peter J. Roach, Chancellor's Professor and Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine
“Glycogen Phosphorylation, the Laforin Phosphatase, and Lafora Disease”

May 18, 2016
Susan I. Woods, MS, Nutrition & Activity Program Manager, Campus Recreational Sports, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
“Indiana University Bloomington Diabetes Prevention Program”

April 20, 2016
Jill Kanaley, PhD , Jefferson Science Fellow, University of Missouri, Professor/Director of Graduate Studies – Exercise Physiology
“Blood Glucose Levels: Does what goes up always come down?”

February 17, 2016
Patrick T. Fueger, PhD​, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular & Integrative Physiology and Co-Director, Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training Program for Diabetes Research
“Targeting feedback control mechanisms to restore glucose homeostasis in diabetes”

November 18, 2015
Ka He, MD, MPH, ScD​, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Indiana University-Bloomington School of Public Health
“Magnesium intake in relation to the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome”

October 21, 2015
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, The University of North Carolina
“The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study”

September 9, 2015
Susie King, Diabetes Prevention Coordinator, Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Section, Indiana State Department of Health
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program”

May 20, 2015
Jorge Cuadros, OD, PhD, University of California
“UC Berkeley’s telemedicine-based research environment.”

April 15, 2015
Juhua Luo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
“Diabetes and Cancer Risk and Prognosis”

March 25, 2015
Ann E. Elsner, PhD, Professor, Indiana University School of Optometry
“Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema: Retinal Imaging Ranging from Screening in Underserved Patients to Probing Mechanisms”

February 18, 2015
Yiqing Song, MD, ScD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
“Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes: From Observation to Intervention”

November 19, 2014
David Marrero, PhD, J.O. Richey Professor of Medicine, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
“Translating Evidence Based Research into Communities:  The Primary Prevention of Type II Diabetes”

September 17, 2014
Alexei Kharitonenkov, Professor of Biochemistry, Indiana University
“Inventing New Medicines. The FGF21 Story”

April 21, 2014
Raghu Mirmira, Lilly Professor of Pediatrics, IUPUI
“Diabetes: an Islet in Distress”

March 26, 2014
Richard DiMarchi, Cox Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences, Indiana University
“Novel Drug Treatments for Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Disorders”

February 19, 2014
Stephen Burns, Professor of Optometry, Indiana University
“Imaging Retinal Vascular Changes in Diabetes”