Welcome to the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
and Penn Diabetes Research Center

The IDOM was established in 2005 to address the ever increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity. In 2016, there were 29.1 million people with diabetes in the United States, and more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. In 2012, the cost of diabetes was estimated at $245 billion per year, and the Centers for Disease Control has projected that one out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime.

The mission of the IDOM is to support and develop successful approaches to the prevention, treatment, and cure of diabetes mellitus and obesity.

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Recent News

Dr. Rickels presents at the EASD Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

Michael Rickels, MD, MSResults of a recent Penn study led by Michael Rickels, M.D., M.S. was presented at the European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD) 2017 Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Rickels presentation of this study was covered by Medscape's editorial staff.

Read more: Medscape article


Dr. Agarwal advocates for diabetes care

Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH

Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH pictured with Senator Cory Booker, went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for diabetes care.

Seminars & Events

October 17, 2017

Patricia L. Brubaker, Ph.D., – University of Toronto.
Title: “Novel Pathways Determining Secretion of the Incretin Hormone, Glucagon-Like Peptide-1”

October 24, 2017

Raymond E. Soccio, M.D., Ph.D., – University of Pennsylvania.
Title: “PPAR-Alpha Regulatory Genetic Variation in Normal and Fatty Liver”

October 31, 2017

Robert J. lee, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
"The Sweet Taste Receptor at the Intersection Between Hyperglycemia and Innate Immunity"

November 7, 2017

Straun F.A. Grant, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
"The Challenges of Implying Causality at GWAS-Implicated Loci for Metabolic Traits"