Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes

Max McGee, the famous Green Bay Packer, was most remembered for scoring the first touchdown in Super Bowl History during Super Bowl I. He played in two Pro Bowls and on five World Championship teams.

He was also known for his color commentary on the Green Bay Packers Radio Network. However Max would prefer to be known for his contribution to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes and providing a better quality of life. He started The Maxi Fund after his youngest son, Dallas, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two.

Max McGee and his wife Denise intimately knew the challenges of living with diabetes. Their hope was to secure support for the creation of a new state-of-the-art diabetes research center.

Read a welcome from our director and more about who we are.

Partnered Outreach

There are four ongoing research studies related to type 1 diabetes in which individuals or families may participate. Learn more about Max McGee Research Center studies

Volunteer Families Needed

TrialNet T1D

T1D Exchange Living Biobank Comb

DFMO Study


Molecular signatures differentiate immune states in type 1 diabetic families

Gene targeting in NOD mouse embryos using zinc-finger nucleases

Dr. Martin Hessner conferred with Carroll University Distinguished Alumni Award
Carroll University is proud to recognize class of 1985 alumni Dr. Martin J. Hessner, director of the Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes, for his professional achievements. Oct. 28, 2015

Math and Science come together for diabetes research (PDF)
UWM Letters & Science Focus October 2015; pages 5 and 15

Thomas Moore High School: Classroom Spotlight - Biomedical Innovations students spread awareness for type 1 diabetes (PDF) April 6, 2015

Dr. Patricia Donohoue and Dr. Martin Hessner Honored at JDRF Gala (PDF) March 8, 2014


New Research could be Key to Finding Diabetes Cure December 29, 2014

Video courtesy of tmj4.com 2015

Early Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes 
May 2014

Diagnosing Diabetes Earlier
Identifying early inflammatory markers of type-1 diabetes is the goal of Martin Hessner, PhD, professor at The Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of the Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes.

Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile DiabetesSupport the Center

Help the Max McGee National Center for Juvenile Diabetes advance medical research. Funding is needed in many areas to support a broad range of projects and activities vital to the advancement of medical knowledge.

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Contact Us

The Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-7351
(414) 955-6663 (fax)