The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center is comprised of faculty members conducting basic, translational and clinical research related to diabetes and its complications. Current areas of research include autoimmune type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications, beta cell biology, oxidative stress, signaling and metabolism as well as diabetes risk factors, epidemiology, community outreach and intervention studies. UCDC faculty research projects are supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control.  The UCDC is a University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center comprised of over 250 faculty members from different schools and departments. As such, it also serves as the umbrella for various research programs and awards. 

NIH P30 Diabetes Research Center (DRC)

Principal Investigator: W. Timothy Garvey, MD

The UAB NIH P30 DRC is one of only few NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers in the nation. This prestigious award provides research resources to the UAB diabetes research community through a number of scientific core facilities. The DRC also provides funding for a Pilot & Feasibility award program designed to foster the careers of new diabetes researchers.

Research Core Facilities

A variety of core facilities are available to support UAB faculty research.


NIH U01 Human Islet Research Program (HIRN)

Funding Opportunities 

Faculty Research