Director’s Welcome

Headshot of Doctor Atkinson

Welcome to the UF Diabetes Institute!

At the University of Florida, we’re big on doing things that have never been done before. That’s why our people are global leaders in diabetes research, education and patient care…and have been for decades. That’s also why the UF Diabetes Institute was formed in 2015, with the goal of creating a collaborative network of researchers, practitioners, students, alumni and partners to work together for a mission of seeing a diabetes-free world.

To achieve that mission, we are connecting influential individuals in diabetes and health sciences research, education and patient care with outstanding persons working in food systems, policy, family and youth sciences, engineering, the arts, and more. We’re sharing information, ideas and resources. With this, we are disrupting traditional institutional models (often termed ‘silos’) and building a community focused on making an impact on the lives of people touched by diabetes. And there’s more work to do.

We are scientists and clinicians but beyond this, we are also a team of problem solvers, care takers and world changers. We’re bringing together the brightest minds and most caring individuals at the University of Florida to play a novel, dynamic role in addressing diabetes in this state and around the world. We invite you to connect with us and join us in achieving this mission.


Mark A. Atkinson, Ph.D.
American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research
Jeffrey Keene Family Professor
Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics
Director, UF Diabetes Institute