Berryman to head-up Ohio University’s newly formed Diabetes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in
three Americans born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes.
Although the incidence in Ohio is higher than in the rest of the
nation at 9.5%, it is higher yet—at 11.5%—in southeastern
(ATHENS, Ohio – Sept. 19, 2012)
Ohio University appointed Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., as
director of The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University, the first
initiative of the Ohio University Health Sciences Center. The
Institute was created to bring together the many diabetes-related
programs throughout the university in an effort to
best address one
of the most critical health-care issues facing Americans.
“It is an exciting time to be involved in the study of diabetes at
Ohio University,” Dr. Berryman said.
In the past we developed a number of initiatives in research,
clinical services, and educational programming. Now with the
establishment of The Diabetes Institute, these initiatives are
housed under one unit enhancing the synergy we have developed to
address this devastating disease.”
The Ohio University Board of Trustees renamed the Diabetes Endocrine
Center as The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. The newly named
institute will assume and build upon several existing initiatives
including the Diabetes Research Initiative, the Diabetes Coalition
and the clinical services, provided through the Diabetes Endocrine
Center, a clinic for diabetes patient care located on the O’Bleness
The Institute will expand opportunities for further development of
diabetes research, clinical care, education and community outreach.
“With the establishment of the Institute, we will be able to
make a significant impact towards reducing the diabetes disease
burden regionally, nationally and globally,” Dr. Berryman said.
Dr. Berryman is one of several strategic appointments made possible
in part by the historic $105 million gift to the Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) from the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. Dr. Berryman has a dual
appointment with both OU-HCOM and the College of Health Sciences and
Professions. In addition to her directorship responsibilities, she
will continue her obesity research at the Edison Biotechnology
Institute and as associate professor of food and nutrition and
continue to oversee the Diabetes Certificate Program.
“We are pleased that Dr. Berryman will be providing leadership for
The Diabetes Institute. I’ve had a chance to work closely with her
on a number of activities and know, first, hand, both her level of
dedication and the quality of her work,” said Randy Leite, Ph.D.,
dean of the College of Health Science and Professions.
The Institute will be administratively housed in OU-HCOM, with
financial and personnel resources contributed by the College of
Health Science of Professions, the Edison Biotechnology Institute,
and the Office of Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.
“This is an important partnership for the College of Health Sciences
and Professions. The Diabetes Institute represents a huge step
forward in the University’s commitment to being a leader in our
focus on diabetes in our academic programs, our research, and our
health outreach to the community,” Dr. Leite said.
Additional funding for The Diabetes Institute comes from the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations’ gift.
Included in the gift is funding for additional faculty
focused on basic and translational diabetes research, including the
John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed
Eminent Research Chair, which honors the most prominent diabetes
researcher at Ohio University and is slated to be filled in five
years. Funding from the
gift will also support a new diabetes clinical care and research
center and the staffing of that facility with diabetologists,
endocrinologist and other specialists who treat diabetes-related
“This is a very exciting and
transformational time at OU-HCOM. Our focus in education is on
primary care and inter-disciplinary education. Our focus in research
is on those areas that are the most prevalent in human suffering,”
said OU-HCOM Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O. “The Diabetes Institute is a
place for us that coalesces our focuses and strategies in the best
The newly created Ohio University Health Sciences Center offers an
organizational incubator to encourage interdisciplinary
collaborations, maximize research potential, and integrate health
care research and training.
builds upon the remarkable achievements already attained in diabetes
research, education, and healthcare delivery at Ohio University.
The Institute will be a cornerstone of the new Health Sciences
Center, and I am extremely pleased that Dr. Berryman will be leading
it towards national prominence," said Jack Brose, D.O.,
vice provost for health affairs at Ohio University.
About the College of
Health Sciences and Professions
With an online and
campus enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, the College of Health
Sciences and Professions is home to Ohio University’s
fastest-growing academic programs. CHSP also oversees several
community service providers that offer valuable practical experience
for its students. These include WellWorks, a fitness and nutrition
center that serves campus employees; Ohio University Therapy
Associates, whose hearing, speech and physical therapy clinics
provide care for the medically underserved region; and Kids on
Campus, whose afterschool and summer programs help children who are
academically at risk.
About Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in providing a
patient-centered, clinically integrated medical education continuum,
from pre-medical education to undergraduate medical education, and
on through residency training, with an emphasis on primary care.
Focused research and community health programs speak to the
college’s commitment to improving health and well-being in Ohio
communities and quality of life for patients. Commercialized medical
research innovations have saved patient lives worldwide and placed
Ohio University first in state and fourth in the nation among higher
education institutions for research return-on-investments. The
state’s only osteopathic medical school, the college was founded in
1975 and is located at Ohio University’s Athens, Ohio campus. Visit