Clinical Research Departments

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

Internal Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine is home to more than 130 basic, translational, and clinical research faculty members. Spread across 13 divisions, their research community successfully competes for funding from national agencies, foundations, and industry sponsored projects. Their scientists are dedicated to identifying and implementing real solutions to redefine how medicine is practiced. 

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.