East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute

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Welcome to the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute (ECDOI) at East Carolina University. The ECDOI is an interdisciplinary research institute jointly supported by the Divisions of Health Sciences and Research & Graduate Studies.

The ECDOI is well known for cutting-edge collaborative research in several fields related to disorders of metabolism, including bariatric surgery, muscle insulin signaling/glucose transport, bioenergetics/exercise physiology, and pediatric healthy weight programs.

The mission of the ECDOI is to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary basic and translational research programs in diabetes and obesity, to support the education and training of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and to foster the development of outreach prevention/treatment programs for the people of eastern North Carolina.

Open Faculty Position - # 001675


(10/09/14)All personnel working in the lab area are required to wear lab coats. This is due to the BSL-2 status of the entire lab. Please do not bring your lab coat back into the office area. There are hooks in the autoclave room, and we will put more up in other locations as requested.
Funai Lab Photo
(9/22/14)The Funai Lab studies cellular processes by which skeletal muscle handles substrate overload during metabolic stress. As skeletal muscle is an organ with the highest metabolic demand, metabolic changes that occur in skeletal muscle have...
neufer lab - website
(9/12/14)The Neufer Lab centers around mitochondria. Their research is directed at deciphering the molecular mechanisms governing mitochondrial bioenergetics and function in the context of the etiology of metabolic disease as well as disease prevention/treatment.
Huang lab - website
(9/08/14)The Huang Lab is currently focusing on answering the following scientific questions: 1)whether exercise induces hypothalamic neurogenesis and 2) which particular neurons in the hypothalamus controls moving behavior. Their plan is to open a new research avenue combining the various neuroscience techniques used on transgenic animal models to determine whole....
NIH Grant Awarded
(9/2/14)Drs. Brown and Shaikh were recently awarded an NIH grant for $366,744. This award is from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and was designated as a high-priority project (R56 mechanism). The title of the award is “Mitochondrial respirasomes in acute coronary syndromes”, and the grant will investigate new ways to protect the heart during a heart attack.

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The ECDOI is comprised of more than 40 faculty members from 17 different departments on both the main and health sciences campus. The Institute is closely aligned with the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) and offers ECDOI- and/or ECHI- affiliated faculty several research support programs, access to core equipment, and opportunities to forge new collaborations through a number of interactive research forums.

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Read more about the ECDOI and all about the research happening at the ECDOI. You can also find out more about how Diabetes and Obesity impacts NC.

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