Clinical Research

For Patients

Clinical research allows us to transform patient care, improve quality of life and finally, to find a cure. This is not possible without study participants, crucial partners in the important research we perform. You can make a difference by volunteering for clinical studies.

Patients may benefit from study participation by receiving study medications, exams, tests or other medical care, often at no charge. Many studies also need healthy volunteers so friends and family can also participate.

Diabetes Clinical Studies

Learn more about studies for patients and healthy volunteers who are interested in helping contribute to medical advances in diabetes.

UM Health Research

Learn about health research, hear stories about participants who have previously participated in research studies and sign up (optional) to help the University of Michigan enable and enhance health research.

Link to Diabetes studies on UM Health Research

Link to Obesity studies on UM Health Research


For Research Investigators

Investigators that focus on clinical research related to diabetes includes over 100 faculty members across many schools and departments at the University of Michigan. These faculty members have specific strength in type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and the complications of diabetes. Reflecting these strengths, the University of Michigan has many NIH-funded centers that support and enhance clinical research related to diabetes (see below). The Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute coordinates among these, identifying needs and eliminating redundancies to ensure the appropriate support of clinical diabetes research at the University of Michigan.

Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

The Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research seeks to raise awareness of type 2 translational research in diabetes and related conditions and create an environment that supports such research by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations to advance type 2 translational research in diabetes and to provide education and training opportunities in diabetes translational research.

Michigan Diabetes Research Center

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is a multidisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH). The goal of the MDRC is to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary research among member investigators studying diabetes, its complications and related disorders.

Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC)

The Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC) is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH) and aims to identify improved methods for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

George M. O'Brien Kidney Translational Core Center

The George M. O'Brien Michigan Kidney Translational Core Center assists investigators and clinicians worldwide in kidney disease research, with a major focus on diabetic kidney disease. Core services are available to promote their basic, translational and clinical kidney disease research.

Vision Research Core

The Vision Research Core provides Kellogg Eye Center's vision researchers with the necessary resources to pursue cutting-edge research, focusing on diabetic eye disease. The Core acts as a central conduit for the exchange of information within the community of scientists and serves to promote collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to vision research.


The academic (departmental and divisional) homes of researchers focused on clinical diabetes research include:

Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND)

The Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) offers patients comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services and educational programs for endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes and podiatry. MEND provides nationally renowned education and training for physicians and faculty and conducts innovative research.

Pediatric Endocrinology

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism has a long-standing tradition of excellence in patient care and research in pediatric endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, resident and fellow education and basic and clinical research training.


The Division of Nephrology is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellent clinical care and its rich and diverse education and research programs including those of diabetic kidney disease.

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

The Department of Ophthalmology scientists have developed a strong vision research program that explores the genetic, molecular, and biochemical underpinnings of sight. Their innovative scientific perspectives place the University of Michigan Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in a leadership position for developing new treatments and therapies for diabetic eye disease.


The Department of Neurology provides outstanding care for patients with diseases of the nervous system including diabetic neuropathy, advancing understanding and treatments through research and education of the next generation of physicians and scientists in the field.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology conducts cutting-edge investigations of healthy and diseased states of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas including GI complications of diabetes and obesity and obesity treatment. The central piece of the Division's research endeavor is the NIH-funded University of Michigan Center for Gastrointestinal Research.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan has a broad-based research program, conducting both basic research and an extensive array of subspecialty focused clinical research programs including diabetes in pregnancy. The department has grown to include diverse, world-class research programs in basic science and clinical studies, with a focus on dynamic, multidisciplinary interactions.