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The goal of the Diabetes Research Center is to foster and support both basic and clinical research in diabetes and related metabolic disorders with the ultimate purpose of translating findings into opportunities to prevent these diseases and to improve clinical care and outcomes.

Our multidisciplinary Hawai‘i-based Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Diabetes spans departments and cross campus borders to promote research aimed at improving the metabolic health of the people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. The Center builds upon the strengths of Hawaii’s spirit of collaboration, intrinsic ethnic and cultural diversity, and existing strengths in diabetes research. Our Diabetes Research Center links basic science mechanisms that underlie diabetes and aims to advance science through translational research.

This Center of Biomedical Research Excellence focuses on Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and Insulin Resistance. In the US, the prevalence of diabetes now affects 30.1 million people of all ages or 9.4% of the US population (National Diabetes Statistics Report). It is well known that the prevalence of DM disproportionately affects more racial and ethnic minorities such as Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asians among others.

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