Pediatric Diabetes Research Consortium
The Pediatric Diabetes Research Consortium (PDRC) at Washington University has been established to further the long-term goal of improving the lives of all children with diabetes and their families. It seeks to foster greater awareness and application of broadly based diabetes-related research from both basic science and clinical departments to the unique challenges and manifestations of this devastating disease in children.
The consortium encourages and supports all of the diverse and robust basic, translational and clinical research activities relevant to childhood diabetes that are performed throughout the University. The program draws strength from a talented pool of highly accomplished faculty from diverse scientific disciplines, dedicated support staff, broad and readily accessible core facilities, established and effective research centers of excellence, and the highly collaborative spirit found throughout the School of Medicine. The university’s broad array of resources include an established and subsidized core facilities for diabetes related research, a premier medical scientist training program, a robust WU/SLCH pediatric endocrinology fellowship training program, and a highly accessible registry of patient research volunteers.
The PDRC is dependent upon and shares many of the goals of the longstanding NIH-funded Diabetes Research Center (DRC) at Washington University. The research activities performed by PDRC investigators provide direct and tangible benefit to the comprehensive and distinguished clinical pediatric diabetes treatment program at St Louis Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program within the Department of Pediatrics. The PDRC reciprocally benefits from these clinical care and teaching programs. Current areas of emphasis include but are not limited to the elucidation of molecular mechanisms leading to the manifestation of type 2 diabetes in children, monogenic forms of diabetes, Wolfram syndrome, and cystic fibrosis related diabetes.