Interdisciplinary Training for Diabetes Research

The Diabetes Pandemic

The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is on the rise to the extent that diabetes rapid and widespread nature has been referred to as pandemic in the United States; type 1 diabetes is also increasing at an unexpected rate.  As such, there is an urgent need for innovative therapeutics and technologies to deal with this situation, and hence a need to train a cadre of future scientists who can engineer devices and therapeutics with in-depth knowledge and training to link their research to clinical care to address the prevention and treatment of diabetes.  The Indiana Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training for Diabetes Research program was conceived to meet this need. 

An Elite Program for Bioengineer-Diabetologists In-Training

The Indiana Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training for Diabetes Research Program provides interdisciplinary, integrated research training to develop predoctoral students into bioengineers capable of leading integrative and team-based approaches to solve issues relevant to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and diabetic complications.

  • Co-mentoring of students from a select group of exemplary bioengineering and diabetes-based research faculties.
  • Carefully designed flexible curriculum that provides in-depth training for students in engineering relevant to diabetes.
  • Coursework that broadens research training at the bench with quantitative skills, provides opportunities for public speaking, provides a range of enriching extracurricular opportunities, and allows for integration of medicine and science/engineering.
  • Training in an environment and culture that provides strong interdisciplinary support for bioengineering and diabetes research.
  • Co-Directed by Purdue and the Indiana University School of Medicine

For more information, contact:

Alyssa Panitch
Leslie A. Geddes Professor in Biomedical Engineering
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
apanitch@purdue.edu

Debbie C. Thurmond
Associate Director: Basic Diabetes Research Group, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Professor: Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Professor: Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
dthurmon@iupui.edu