Center for Diabetes Translation Research
News and Updates
September 2017: Issue 7
New Members
We would like to extend our sincerest welcome to several new CDTR members. 

Randi Foraker, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. In her role as the Director of the Public Health Data and Training Center at the Informatics Institute (I2) she works to integrate electronic health record data with socioeconomic indicators in chronic disease research. 
Julie Kapp is an Associate Professor in the department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Her research interests as they relate to diabetes include developing applied methodologies in systems science in order to model and test opportunities for upstream interventions in order to disrupt the pathway of negative social determinants on lifespan risk of diabetes. 
Melissa Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She is interested in exploring the relationship between metabolic disease, stress and trauma, and culture and resilience in Indigenous communities. 

Amy Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Her work focuses on reducing childhood obesity in low-income and minority populations through community and clinic-based projects. 
Laura Williams is a part of the California Center for Native Wellness and Advocacy and the first American Indian woman physician to become a faculty member in the University of California system. 

We look forward to working with these wonderful researchers and supporting their endeavors. 

Member Accomplishments
Ebony Carter recently published an Expert Review titled "Group Prental Care" in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Carter discusses the model of group prenatal care, describing it as "innovative and promising" and pointing to improved outcomes in some marginalized groups.

Jason Purnell and For the Sake of All have had a newsworthy couple of months. They have been an active partner - along with Affinia Health, BJC Healthcare, and Wyman - supporting communities in need by bringing a school based health center to Normandy High School. For the Sake of All has also received $1.1 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support this work. 

Ross Brownson's work with physical activity in rural Missouri communities was recently featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The goal of the study is to test a text-based intervention to improve physical activity. 
About the CDTR
The Washington University CDTR is a regional and national resource to investigators committed to translating interventions that have demonstrated efficacy into healthcare settings, communities, and populations at-risk. The CDTR supports studies around two interacting scientific themes: the root causes of diabetes and disparities; and the prevention of obesity as a major contributing cause of type 2 diabetes. CDTR Cores, offering a range of support and services, include: 
  • Dissemination and Implemention in Diabetes Research
  • Health Communication and Health Literacy
  • Health Informatics in Diabetes Research
  • Policy and Systems Science Analysis
  • Research Partnerships with American Indian/Alaska Native Communities 
  • Solutions to Diabetes in Black Americans 
Contact for access to core services. 
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Works-in-Progress with
Dr. Ebony Carter

TOMORROW Sept. 22, 12:00-1:00 - Taylor Ave Bldng, Blackwell Room, WU Med Campus
Please join us as we learn about Dr. Ebony Carter's is CDTR pilot, “Group versus Traditional Prenatal Care for Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”  RSVP to, lunch will be provided.

Webinar: Tribal Behavioral Health, Intersections with Diabetes in Native Communities
Oct. 3, 1:00-2:00
The NCAI Policy Research Center is proud to present the contents of a forthcoming brief developed with its partner scholars, Dr. Kyle Hill and Dr. Melissa Lewis, on the intersections between diabetes and behavioral health in Native communities. This webinar will reference the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda, available online. Register here.
Institute for Public Health 10th Annual Conference: Why Science Matters, the Case for Evidence-Based Public Health
Sept. 27, 12:00-5:00,  Eric P. Newman Education Center, WU Med Campus
The IPH annual conference and poster session provides an opportunity for students, academics, and professionals to expand their knowledge and network. Dr. Ross Brownson, CDTR Associate Director, is delivering the keynote address. Learn more here.
Advancing Global Implementation Science at the National Institutes of Health
Sept. 25, 11:00-12:00
Dr. David Chambers will host a fireside chat with three folks working at the NIH in implementation science in a global space. Topics for discussion include an overview of global dissemination and implementation research efforts across the National Institutes of Health, future directions, key research and training needs, as well as other priority areas. Register here
ADA 78th Scientific Sessions: Abstract Submission
Submission opens - Oct. 2 - Jan. 8
Abstract submission for the the 78th Scientific Sessions will open October 2. Accepted abstracts are published in the journal Diabetes and a limited number of travel grants are available to eligible early career investigators. The Scientific Sessions will be held June 22-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. More information here.
Funding Announcements
NIH: R01/U01/R34/R21 Science of Behavior Change: Revision Applications for Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes
RWJF: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
NIDDK: R01 Addressing Disparities in NIDDK Diseases
NIDDK: R18 Evaluating Natural Experiments in Healthcare to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Treatment 
NIA: R01 Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Mortality at Older Ages
NIDDK: R18 Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care 
NIH: R01 Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
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Publications supported by CDTR should include this statement when submitted for publication:
"This publication was made possible by Grant Number P30DK092950 from the NIDDK."

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