Currently, all the full-time physicians in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition are involved in some form of medical research or scholarship, and a third of them have major commitments to laboratory-based research. The research performed within the group varies widely in both type and topic.

The types of research span a continuum from basic science to clinical investigation to new drug trials, and Mayo Clinic has many ways for you to support its research into diseases of the endocrine system.


Mayo Clinic has a long and strong history in endocrine research. Several past and current presidents of national and international endocrine societies have been on the Mayo Clinic staff.

In 1914, Dr. Edward Kendall first purified and structurally identified thyroxine, the principal thyroid hormone. Subsequently, in 1950, he received the Nobel Prize for identifying, isolating and synthesizing adrenocortical steroids — including cortisone — and introducing them as anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of arthritis, adrenal insufficiency and other such disorders.

Research Training

In addition to the activities of the full-time staff, the Division supports an extensive training program in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Research.

Endocrinology Fellowship

The Endocrinology Fellowship Program in the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education is designed to prepare you for the broad practice of this subspecialty by providing excellent, well-rounded training in clinical and research endocrinology.

Support Endocrine Research

Philanthropy provides essential support for endocrine research. Learn how your gift can help.