Mentoring and Training

The University of Michigan trains and mentors hundreds of researchers and clinical caregivers that focus on diabetes and related diseases, and has many nationally-supported training and mentoring programs. The Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute supports diabetes-related training and mentoring by supporting and coordinating among these training programs, and by developing additional advising and mentoring programs to support those who wish to dedicate themselves to diabetes research and care.


Training Programs

Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Grant T32

The MEND T32 provides protected time to fellows to conduct research activities spanning a broad spectrum, which reflects the diversity of faculty research interests: basic laboratory research in biochemistry and cell biology; whole-animal physiology and molecular biology; human genetics, physiology, and pathophysiology investigations; pharmaceutical trials in human beings; epidemiology and outcomes research focused on endocrine diseases.

Pediatric Endocrinology Training Program T32

This postdoctoral research training program provides high-quality research training in one of two major tracks, Basic Science or Clinical Investigation and Epidemiology to pediatricians and basic scientists demonstrating a career commitment to academic pediatric endocrinology and metabolism and an interdisciplinary research environment for the successful training of young physician-scientist in the specific area of mechanisms playing a role in the impact of early life events on metabolic disorders in post-natal life.

Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Basic Diabetes Research T32

The multidisciplinary postdoctoral training program in basic diabetes research provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to pursue training in diverse aspects of diabetes research. Training grant preceptors fall into interest groups across type 1 and type 2 diabetes research: islet biology, autoimmune diabetes, adipocyte biology, neuronal regulation of metabolism, mechanisms of insulin resistance, metabolic control in liver and muscle, and diabetes complications.

Postdoctoral Training Program In Kidney Research T32

The Kidney Research Training Program at the University of Michigan has been in existence for 36 years and continues to meet its primary goal of preparing postdoctoral trainees for careers in adult and pediatric academic Nephrology, including a focus on diabetic kidney disease.

Ophthalmology Vision Research Training Program T32

The NIH-funded Vision Research Training Program (VRTP) provides financial support and training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who seek careers in vision science. The goals of the VRTP are to provide breadth in research training and professional development, including a focus on diabetic eye disease, to keep pace with the opportunities for careers in vision research.

Neurology Department Training Grant T32

This mentored research training program in basic and clinical neuroscience has been funded continuously since 1982 and has served more than 125 trainees, who continued accelerating careers. The success of this research program is founded on providing comprehensive research training and mentoring to both PhDs and MDs interested in uncovering and/or targeting molecular mechanisms associated with diseases that affect the nervous system, including a focus on diabetic neuropathy.