At the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center, we subscribe to the following principles:


  • Science is real. Discovery and application of new knowledge is the path to improve the lives of people with diabetes.


  • Training the next generation of scientists is fundamental to what we do. The DRTC enhances training programs for graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows.


  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critically important for all aspects of science and society. The DRTC is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst our investigators, trainees, and staff and throughout Vanderbilt and our local communities. We partner with others including Vanderbilt’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) and Vanderbilt’s Office for Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (VU-EDGE) to pursue these goals.


  • Science needs collaboration across disciplines and institutions. More than half of the scientific publications by DRTC investigators have two or more Vanderbilt scientists as authors. The DRTC is working with other institutions and Centers to advance discovery and to communicate scientific information to other researchers and to society.

Values in Action



At our annual Diabetes Day (November 2020), the DRTC community gathered to set SMART goals (goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Below are are some of our responses.