DERC Membership

DERC Symposium

The DERC Symposium will be held October 25, 2011, on the Yale School of Medicine campus, in Harkness Auditorium. The Symposium will feature presentations from Yale faculty and leading diabetes research expert Dr. Mitch Lazar, from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, there is a poster session scheduled from 12:00-2:00pm. Click here for more information.

The cornerstone of the DERC is our members. At Yale there are a large number of independently supported, established investigators with very diverse backgrounds conducting research in diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders. Each of the major DERC research areas is highly interactive and collaborative Thus, the appropriate intellectual environment is in place, but has been greatly amplified by the funding of the DERC in 1993. The funding has: 1) provided the framework for cross fertilization among the major research programs; and 2) stimulated basic scientists at Yale to interact more effectively with our existing diabetes research program or to establish new areas of collaborative research. Over the past decade, the number of DERC members has slowly expanded, currently numbering ~100, including faculty from eighteen departments within the Medical School, the Biology Department at the College, the School of Public Health, the Nursing School and the Pierce Foundation Laboratory. Members include significant number of faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and recipients of MERIT awards from the NIH. While about one-half have been DERC members since its inception, there has been turnover. New members mainly are from basic science departments, reflecting our active recruitment of scientists whose research is of importance to diabetes and who in turn would introduce new ideas and expertise to the Center. It is particularly noteworthy that research support of our membership has risen substantially since the onset of DERC funding.

DERC membership is open to faculty of Yale University who are actively engaged in research in diabetes-related areas or in disciplines that in a broad sense are fundamental to our understanding of the pathogenesis, complications, or the treatment of diabetes and metabolic disorders. Membership requires that the investigator either: 1) has relevant research grant support which has been peer-reviewed and funded by the NIH, NSF, or other agencies and foundations (e.g., JDRF, ADA) that support biomedical research; 2) has an funded Pilot/Feasibility Research Grant from the Yale DERC; 3) serve as a DERC Core Laboratory Director; or 4) are junior faculty who are establishing laboratories focused on DERC-related activities. Scientists outside of the University who are actively collaborating with diabetes researchers at Yale may be granted External Scientist Membership status which allows them access to DERC Cores to promote their Yale-based collaborations.

If you would like further information about becoming a member of the Yale DERC, please contact either Dr. Robert Sherwin directly ( or the DERC administrator, Kathleen Catalano (