Diabetes Research Center

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

On July 13, 2014, the Fraternal Order of Eagles completed a $25 million pledge to the University of Iowa to fund the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center - a comprehensive research facility dedicated to progressing diabetes research in hopes of one day finding a cure.

Every dollar donated by the Eagles is benefiting research taking place within the DRC.

  • An $8 million endowment to create four endowed chairs
  • A $2 million endowment to support two faculty fellowships
  • A $5 million endowment to fund innovative diabetes research programs.
  • A $10 million non-endowed fund to recruit leaders in diabetes science and translational medicine.

The Diabetes Research Center, which opened Aug. 23, 2014, occupies 1.5 floors (20,000+ sq. ft.) within the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. A team of 100 researchers works daily conducting a variety of research studies centered around maintaining, preventing and, ultimately, curing diabetes.


Dr. E. Dale Abel

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John B. Stokes III Chair

Dr. E. Dale Abel officially joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center team in June 2013. He previously served as  chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes division at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he had been on faculty as a professor of medicine and biochemistry since 2000.

His research interests include investigating mechanisms underlying diabetes, metabolism and diabetic heart disease. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Abel received his medical degree with distinction from the University of the West Indies, and then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He completed his medical training at Northwestern University, where he served as chief medical resident before moving on to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the Harvard Medical School.

DRC Videos

Justin Haley Visits the DRC

June 15, 2018

FOE Driver Justin Haley takes a tour of the FOE Diabetes Research Center with FOX Sports 1

DRC On Fox Sports 1

September 8, 2013

NASCAR driver Miguel Paludo, a Type 1 diabetic, tours the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center.

DRC Dedication Ceremony

August 23, 2014

The official Dedication Ceremony for the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center.