Diabetes & Obesity Research Priority Area

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    220 Healthy Kentucky Research Building

    40506 Lexington

    United States

Organization profile

Organization profile

Our mission is to leverage, integrate, and expand our campus-wide strengths in basic, clinical, and community-based research to address disparities in diabetes and obesity in the Commonwealth and beyond. Our vision is to maximize the University of Kentucky’s research strengths and efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes and obesity and improve overall health of our population.


  • Integrate and facilitate obesity and diabetes research across the UK campus to encompass the lifespan. This effort must be inclusive of all relevant colleges, centers and departments.
  • Develop and promote research that covers the full spectrum of scientific investigation – from basic science through population research (T0 – T4).
  • Build strategically key infrastructure and resources to support diabetes and obesity research across the spectrum. Utilize aspects of all funding sources at the Institution’s disposal (grants, contracts, philanthropy, enrichment, and bonding).
  • Incentivize and cultivate local, regional, national and international research collaborations.
  • Prioritize recruitment of investigators whose research expertise is within the diabetes and obesity focus. Capitalize on cluster recruitments that have the potential of being transformative.
  • Protect and reward academic and research effort committed to obesity and diabetes.
  • Develop and support an enriched environment to promote research initiatives.
  • Support training initiatives to build an outstanding obesity and diabetes research workforce.    

For more information contact Simon Fisher, Acting Director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, simon.fisher@uky.edu

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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