Alan Saltiel, PhDWelcome to the UCSD-UCLA Diabetes Research Center.

For the past 20 years, the UCSD-UCLA DRC has linked together the diabetes and metabolism research activities of two major universities within the UC system and three outstanding Institutes in Southern California.

This effort has fostered new collaborations and interactions between outstanding scientists within and across these institutions.

The DRC will continue to advance scientific and intellectual interactions by organizing and facilitating meetings and lectures, mentor young scientists through support of our Pilot Grants and Enrichment Programs, accelerate diabetes research by providing state-of-the-art services through four cutting-edge cores, and accelerate translational research activity and collaborations through interactions with the Clinical and Translational Science Award programs at each institution.

Alan Saltiel, PhD
DRC Director​


The overall mission of the UCSD-UCLA DRC is to foster research in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, and to improve the lives of patients suffering from this devastating disease.

The UCSD-UCLA DRC functions not only to integrate research activities across the two universities and related institutions, but also serves as a hub for other research enterprises in the Southern California area and beyond. Together, the participating institutions constitute an unprecedented wealth of diabetes and metabolic research expertise and experience. The multi-institutional nature of the DRC is unique and allows us to broadly foster and integrate a group of dedicated investigators engaged in basic and clinical research in diabetes and metabolism throughout the Southern California area. This collaborative, multi-institutional effort has been in existence for the last 20 years and has proven to be an important force in advancing the diabetes research agenda in our region and beyond. We coordinate training programs, identify and support the brightest young scientists, offer retreats and numerous seminar series, sponsor endowed lectureships, and operate cutting edge cores that provide crucial services to over 100 faculty.

News and Announcements

Annual Newsletter 2023

The 2024 dealine to submit applicati​ons for the Pilot and Feasibility Projects will be announced soon.

Dr. Alan Saltiel and Dr. Joan Heller Brown are this year ASPET award winners

The center is organized into five Biomedical Research Bases:

The DRC supports four Core facilities:

The Center is an important resource for education, training, raising awareness of endocrine and diabetes research. It supports: