The Boshell Research Program

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The mission of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program is to enhance the opportunities for diabetes research at Auburn University by facilitating cross-disciplinary scientific discussion, supporting the study of new ideas, fostering the development of investigators new to the field of diabetes, and expanding, the overall base of diabetes investigation at the university.  More than 50 investigators from across the Auburn University campus are members of the program and actively involved in diabetes research.  Specifically, these investigators are addressing many facets of both type 1 and 2 diabetes, with particular focus on the cardiac, neurological and metabolic aspects of the disease.

Dr. Robert L. Judd, Chair
Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program
Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
219 Greene Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine
Auburn University, AL 36849-5518
Phone: 334-844-5416 (office)
Fax: 334-844-5388

Our Purpose

Develop effective mechanisms through which diabetes researchers at Auburn University may collaborate with each other and outside institutions.

  •  Support the exploration of new research ideas through a small grants program.
  •  Foster the development of new investigators through a travel grant program.
  • Obtain external funding to support new multidisciplinary investigation and ongoing program activities.
  • Develop relationships with community leaders interested in diabetes investigation to increase public support for diabetes programs.

Our Vision

The vision of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program is to improve the life of all people with diabetes through world-class investigation performed at Auburn University into the prevention, cure, and management of diabetes and its complications.

Program History

The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program at Auburn University was established through an endowment by the Birmingham-based Diabetes Trust Fund in honor of its founder, Dr. Buris R. Boshell in 2001.

Dr. Boshell was a 1947 graduate of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) in Agriculture and attended the AU Veterinary College for two years before transferring to Harvard Medical School and obtaining his M.D. degree in 1953.

Dr. Boshell joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center in 1959 and became Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1963. During this time, Dr. Boshell established the Diabetes Research and Education Hospital and the Boshell Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Birmingham.