U-M Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes Researchers

The innovative research conducted by our physicians and faculty has paved the way for more effective methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of endocrine disorders. Visit the below sections to learn more:

The legacy of Dr. Jerome Conn (former Division Chief of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes) includes his discovery of the syndrome that bears his name - listen to him describe it in his own words.

Research Highlights

Tobias Else, MD and colleagues find that belzutifan may help patients with rare, hereditary cancer syndromes avoid surgeries by shrinking tumors via a daily oral dose.
Ormond MacDougald, PhD; Alan Rupp, PhD; and colleagues describe a breakthrough using CRISPR-Cas9 in the study of brown adipose tissue.

Diabetic Neuropathy Tied to Urological Complications in Men with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Rodica Busui, MD, PhD and William Herman, MD, MPH find that in long-standing type 1 diabetes, diabetic peripheral neuropathy is associated with the later development of urological complications in men.

Research Goals

  • Facilitate and focus basic molecular and cellular research in all areas of metabolic and endocrine disorders.
  • Promote the validation and application of relevant new basic knowledge in the clinical arena through rational, innovative and streamlined clinical, epidemiological and outcomes research.
  • Evaluate, refine, and disseminate new clinical knowledge regarding diabetes and related disorders into community health practices, especially in those communities at increased risk.
  • Recruit, train, motivate, and retain an effective pool of basic and clinical investigators and health care professional personnel in all areas of endocrinology and metabolism.

Research Mission

Committed to an internationally recognized mission of basic science research, the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes conducts cutting-edge investigations in the areas of diabetes, obesity, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and neuroendocrine diseases. Studies are conducted at the molecular, cellular, and physiological levels, using a wide range of model systems.