Diabetes and Obesity Research Center

First endowed chair at Sanford-Burnham’s Lake Nona campus

First endowed chair at Sanford-Burnham’s Lake Nona campus

Sanford-Burnham at Lake Nona established the Tavistock Distinguished Professor Chair for its Scientific Director. The new chair and its inaugural holder, Daniel Kelly, M.D., were celebrated at an installation ceremony on September 12, 2013.

Join us for the 2014 Metabolic Origins of Disease Symposium

Join us for the 2014 Metabolic Origins of Disease Symposium

The 2014 Origins of Disease scientific symposium will take place March 3-5, 2014, at our Lake Nona (Orlando) campus.

Understanding the hardening of arteries

Understanding the hardening of arteries

The hardening of arteries is a hallmark of atherosclerosis. Now, researchers at our Diabetes and Obesity Research Center have described the molecular and cellular pathway that leads to this hardening of the arteries.

Welcome to our new program director, László Nagy, M.D., Ph.D.

Welcome to our new program director, László Nagy, M.D., Ph.D.

Please join us in welcoming László Nagy, M.D., Ph.D., to our Lake Nona campus. He will lead a new cross-platform research program that will help accelerate discoveries at our Orlando campus.

About the Diabetes and Obesity Center


Our scientists seek to explore the metabolic basis of disease and to rapidly translate discovery to clinical care by leveraging the bridges we have built with clinical partners.

- Daniel Kelly, M.D.

Senior Vice President
and Scientific Director,
Tavistock Distinguished Professor, Sanford-Burnham at Lake Nona





The purpose of the DOC is to use a multi-disciplinary approach to promote fundamental discovery relevant to the metabolic origins of disease, with emphasis on obesity, diabetes and corresponding cardiovascular complications. A second objective is to translate our discoveries to impact the care of humans with metabolic disease.

What are the goals and activities of the Center?

The DOC has been established to bring scientists together from multiple disciplines all with the common theme of delineating the origins and treatment of metabolic disease. This will be accomplished through:
  • Fundamental discovery
  • A state-of-the-art Shared Resources technology platform
  • Translational studies via innovative collaborative partnering

The activities of the DOC include:
  • Education and training
  • Translational research initiatives
  • Collaborative initiatives including development of team laboratories spanning from bench to bedside
  • Drug discovery initiatives


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