Enrichment Program

The well-established Enrichment Program is an integral component of the core UW NORC mission at the University of Washington. The Enrichment Program proactively supports collaboration within, and the educational enrichment of, the local nutrition and obesity research community. The Enrichment Program fulfills this mission by hosting visits by world-class scientists to expose UW NORC Affiliate Investigators (AIs), trainees, and the greater community to cutting-edge ideas, by facilitating interdisciplinary exchange and research collaboration, and by creating an exciting intellectual environment to increase the visibility of basic and clinical aspects of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and metabolism research. Furthermore, this curriculum is closely integrated with the two NIH-funded T32 Fellowship Training programs within the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition so as to enhance the overall educational experience of trainees in the field of nutrition and metabolism.


The Diabetes and Metabolism Seminar Series is a joint collaboration between the UW NORC, the NIH-funded Diabetes Research Center (DRC), the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute (UWMDI) and the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI). Held throughout the academic year, the series features presentations on body weight regulation and obesity pathogenesis, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance, lipotoxicity and inflammation, lipids and lipoproteins, diabetes complications and atherosclerosis, islet biology and regeneration, and clinical research in obesity and diabetes. Included within this program is the annual NORC/DRC retreat, a full-day symposia featuring presentations by Core Directors and P&F recipients. In addition, a local rising star presentation and invited keynote speaker are included each year to provide state-of-the-art lectures in the field of nutrition research.

Upcoming Events: 2023 Diabetes and Metabolism Calendar

Stay tuned for more information!

Past Events: 2021-2023 Diabetes and Metabolism Calendar


Annually, the UW NORC partners with the UW Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA), a consortium of Seattle-area scientists based at UW, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutch, VAPSHCS, and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) who study, treat, and work to prevent obesity and related chronic diseases to hold a joint-symposium. CORA’s mission is to utilize expertise in health and social sciences to address the biological, social, economic, and environmental issues that underlie chronic disease, using innovative tools and technology.


An important component of the Enrichment Program is the inclusion of a lunchtime meeting where trainees supported by T32 awards and other sources present their data to visiting speakers and a small group of local faculty and trainees, providing a valuable opportunity for trainees to interact in a small group setting with leading investigators from around the country and gain from their experience and perspectives. In addition, when visiting speakers are in town they will attend and participate in the discussions in the weekly UWMDI Research Training Conference (RTC) where trainees supported by our T32 fellowship program present their research for critical input from faculty and their peers.

Program Leadership

Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD
Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD

Director jpthaler@uw.edu

Pandora "Luke" Wander, MD, MS

Assistant Director lwander@uw.edu