Latest News


Eagles News

The latest news from the Fraternal Order of Eagles


A Special Message from DRC Director Dr. E. Dale Abel

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Fraternal Order of Eagles,

After 8.5 years as Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC), I write to share with you that I will be relocating from Iowa to California. In January, I will begin a new journey as Chair of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive medical director of the UCLA Health System’s Department of Medicine. 

I will continue to conduct diabetes research there but will pass over the reins of leading the FOEDRC to trusted colleagues who have served by my side throughout my tenure as your director. These are individuals that you have met and know and whom I am confident will continue to fulfill your dream of curing diabetes. In the meantime, I will remain a senior advisor to the new leaders of the FOEDRC and in this way continue to fulfill my commitment to your mission.

My time at the helm of the FOEDRC has been nothing short of amazing and in many ways like a dream come true. It has been amazing to watch the center grow over the years and the outsized influence that the FOEDRC has made to diabetes research across the world. When we started this journey, we were small and there was a hole in the ground where the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building now stands. 

Today, the FOEDRC is more than 100 strong in terms of faculty and, last year, collectively, researchers at the FOEDRC garnered more than $23M in research funding from the NIH. With your help we supported more than 35 pilot grant awards. These seed funds totaling $3M supported projects that were able to compete for an additional $9M in new outside funding, primarily from the National Institutes of Health. 

With your support, we launched the Bridge to the Cure Program, which is currently supporting projects by Dr. Calvin Carter and Julien Sebag, both of which have great potential to develop into commercially viable new treatments for diabetes. In closing, let me state how much it has been a tremendous privilege to serve as your director for nearly nine years and partner with you in this important work. 

I have enjoyed working with you and getting to know you, and although, I will be relocating I intend to remain involved. I have deep respect for the mission and members of the FOE. Your commitment to helping those who are less fortunate is inspirational and your goal to find a cure for diabetes through the work of the FOEDRC will yield positive results. Thank you very much for leading us together down this path. 

Sincerely and with immense gratitude, 

E. Dale Abel MD PhD Director,
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Showing 0 Comment

Comments are closed.


Enter your e-mail and subscribe to our newsletter.

Sign Up Now!

About Our Company

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Get in touch

  • Address: 1623 Gateway Circle South, Grove City, OH 43123

  • Phone: (614) 883-2200

  • Email: