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Our Partners in Diabetes Research and Care

Under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health (plus affiliated colleagues and professional organizations in the community), the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) partners with multiple clinical and research teams to provide the best potential treatment(s) for people living with diabetes.

The JDRF New England Research Collaborative

Five of our DCOE research labs are collaborating with Harvard Stem Cell Institute, The Jackson Laboratory, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to transplant stem cell (SC) derived beta-like cell clusters into our unique humanized mouse models to recreate and study the human disease unlike ever before. This collaborative research group is focused on understanding the autoimmune attack on beta cells in people living with type 1 diabetes, and using modern gene editing methods such as CRISPR, to make the cells inert or evasive to the autoimmune attack. The ultimate goal is to create therapies which can be scaled and eventually go into clinical trials, and ultimately cure diabetes. 

UMass Memorial Health 

We bring together individuals from the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health working towards one common goal: Better care for all people living with diabetes.  

We treat more than 8000 patients each year. They receive the best treatments currently available, while we continue to develop better treatments.  Personalized care is provided to help with all aspects of diabetes management.

Community Diabetes Partnership Program

The UMass DCOE partners with hospitals throughout Central Massachusetts to help them provide comprehensive diabetes care within their communities. Our diabetes specialists work with clinicians at these local hospitals, including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators and nutritionists.  The goal is to ensure that all people living with diabetes have all locally available resources. 

UMass DCOE Care in the Community

Henry Heywood Hospital in Gardner - Taylor Boudreau, NP 

Health Alliance Fitchburg Family Practice - Dr. Asem Ali & Brenden Howarth, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Milford Regional Medical Center - Dr. Samir Malkani