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.


APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award
Maria Torres was awarded the Minority Travel Fellowship to attend the APS Conference Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Physiology and Gender (November 17-20, 2015 Annapolis, MD). This program is designed to encourage highly qualified racial/ethnic minorities to pursue professional careers in physiological/biomedical sciences, by granting  $2000 to attend an annual meeting.
Scientists from around the world converged on East Carolina University's health sciences campus Aug. 10-13 to get a crash course in an organelle that powers all human cells.
Dr. McCLung
RO1 Awarded
Dr. McClung was recently awarded a 5-year award from the NHLBI in the amount of $1,901,154.00 to study one of the most under-recognized aspects of cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD). There are currently few effective treatments for PAD in general, but particularly for the most severe manifestation of the disease known as Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). This grant will use genetics to identify the reasons why some patients are more likely to develop CLI than others, and investigate communication between differing cell types in the diseased tissue. The lab will use a “culture-to-clinic” approach, utilizing cells and animal models of the disease in conjunction with CLI patients. Given the stark lack of success of traditional surgical approaches for CLI, the goal of this project will be to develop new therapeutics to promote limb/tissue salvage.

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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.

To find out more

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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