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


    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


    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

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


    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.


    Chadi Calarge, MD

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


    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.


    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.


    Yuriy M. Usachev, PhD

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