Diabetes mellitus is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and training the next generation of researchers is essential for developing new strategies to prevent and improve the treatment of diabetes. The goal of this program is to promote the scientific and professional development of trainees aspiring to a career in diabetes research and medicine. Individualized training and career development plans are created with input from multidisciplinary mentoring teams. In addition to conducting mentored research, fellows participate in research seminars, journal clubs and work-in-progress meetings, and, when appropriate, complete graduate level courses pertinent to their research and career goals, including degree conferring programs (e.g., MS in Clinical and Translational Science, Health Informatics, etc.). Fellows can focus their research and skill developments in basic/mechanistic, translational, clinical, behavioral and/or community-based research.
This program provides closely mentored training in diabetes research in a multidisciplinary environment that values diversity. The largest university in the Chicago area, UIC provides outstanding resources for training in basic, clinical, translational, and behavioral and community-based research targeting diabetes.
The UICDRTP has been awarded a National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant that provides support for up to 3 years of post-doctoral training for post-doctoral fellows (M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent), including support for stipends, educational and training experiences. Opportunities also are available to interested individuals at other levels of experience, including undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.