Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

  • 2014 FOEDRC Research Awards

    Brenner, Charles small

    Charlie Brenner, PhD

    Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry
    To study the impact of nicotinamide riboside (NR) in the treatment or prevention of diabetic neuropathy.


    Michael Lutter, MD, PhD 

    Associate Professor
    To study the genetics of feeding behavior.


     Philip Polgreen, MD, MPH 

    Associate Professor
    Internal Medicine -Infectious Diseases
    To evaluate a novel tool using text messaging and smart pedometer technology and interactive gaming to promote sustained weight loss in patients with obesity and insulin resistance. The study will specifically determine if adding personalized information to FitBit text messages increases compliance, activity and ultimately affects clinically important outcomes.

    2012 FOEDRC Research Awards

    Calarge, Chadi

    Chadi Calarge, MD

    Associate Professor
    Psychiatry and Pediatrics
    For studies of whether antipsychotic drugs cause weight gain and diabetes by altering intestinal bacterial populations.

    Pierce, Gary

    Gary L. Pierce, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Health and Human Physiology
    For studies of whether inhibition of inflammation affects macrovascular and autonomic dysfunction in obese, prediabetic humans.

    Quelle, Dawn

    Dawn E. Quelle, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Pharmacology and Pathology
    To study how the protein Parf-1A regulates the growth of insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas,and thus influences the development of diabetes.

    Usachev, Yuriy

    Yuriy M. Usachev, PhD

    Associate Professor
    For studies to target mitochondrial processes that might provide neuro protection in peripheral diabetic neuropathy.

    2011 FOEDRC Research Awards


    Anne E. Kwitek, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    To study how a high-fat diet alters the expression of genes that contribute to the metabolic syndrome.


    Andrew Norris, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Dr. Norris proposes to devise an experimental system that will allow him to define the metabolic factors in a diabetic mother that predispose to the development of the disease in her offspring.


    Kamal Rahmouni, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Dr. Rahmouni to study how the mechanisms involved in insulin signaling affect glucose homeostasis and diabetes.


    Leonid Zingman, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Dr. Zingman to study how newly discovered muscle protein signals energy mobilization from adipose tissue during exercise.