Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

  • Current Research Award Recipients

    Two five-year Research Scholar Awards will be given to tenure track faculty who show outstanding promise in the field of diabetes/obesity research.  Additionally, the FOE DRC Pilot Project Program awards $50,000 annually to young investigators who propose to establish a research career in diabetes/obesity, to senior investigators in another field who want to explore a project related to diabetes/obesity, or to an established diabetes/obesity investigator who proposes to pursue an entirely new approach.  Recipients are chosen based on a competitive evaluation of proposals submitted by the applicants. 

    Research Scholar Recipients

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    Christopher Adams, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism
    To investigate how conditions such as diabetes alter muscle gene expression and  how these changes in gene expression cause muscle astrophy

    Current Pilot Project Program Recipients

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    Charlie Brenner, PhD

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

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    Michael Lutter, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Psychiatry
    To study how consumption of calorie-dense food contributes to the development of obesity and diabetes.

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    Philip Polgreen, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases
    To evaluate a novel tool using text messages as a mechanism to promote sustained weight loss in patients with obesity and insulin resistance.

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    Chadi Calarge, MD

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Yuriy M. Usachev, PhD

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