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: 2024 Diabetes and Metabolism Calendar

Stay tuned!  More at  https://diabetesmetabseminars.com/events/  

Past Events: 2021-2024 Diabetes and Metabolism Calendar

October 28th, 2021 Efforts to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UW Medicine
November 18th, 2021 DRC/NORC Annual Retreat – A Full-Day Symposium
December 9th, 2021 NORC/Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA) Half-Day Symposium: From Cells to Society
January 5th, 2022 Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes Symposium
March 2nd, 2022 Kroc Type 2 Diabetes and Complications Symposium
March 24th, 2022 Poll Type 1 Diabetes and Immunology Symposium
April 14th, 2022 Harnessing Innovative Technologies for Diabetes Research Symposium
May 25th, 2022 Diabetes Day
October 7th, 2022 Nutrition, Metabolism and Metabolomics: New Frontiers and Intersections – A Full-Day Symposium
November 10th, 2022 DRC/NORC Annual Retreat – A Full-Day Symposium
December 8th, 2022 The Diabetes and Metabolism Seminar Series and the NORC & CORA Presents:  Addressing Sex and Gender in Metabolism Research – A Half-Day Symposium
January 12th, 2023 Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes Symposium
February 1st, 2023 Kroc Type 2 Diabetes and Complications Symposium
March 8th, 2023 Poll Type 1 Diabetes and Immunology Symposium
May 4th, 2023 Complication of Diabetes: A Kidney-to-Heart Talk Annual Symposium
October 26th, 2023 GLP-1 Therapies Workshop
November 14th, 2023 Diabetes Day
December 6th, 2023 Sugar in Metabolism: From Biology to Policy
January 17th, 2024  Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes Symposium
February 15th, 2024 DRC/NORC Annual Retreat – A Full-Day Symposium
March 6th, 2024 Poll Type 1 Diabetes and Immunology Symposium
March 20th, 2024  Kroc Type 2 Diabetes and Complications Symposium
April 25th, 2024  Islet Workshop
May 2nd, 2024  Annual Symposium 2024



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


Pandora "Luke" Wander, MD, MS

Assistant Director