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Center for Diabetes Translation Research
News & Updates
February, 2017: Issue 2
Member Accomplishments
Year 6 Pilot Awardees
The CDTR is excited to announce our Year 6 pilot awardees. The pilot program aims to foster innovative and transformative research designed to eliminate disparities in diabetes. Each year we have $120,000 to award in $20,000 increments for one-year pilots, with an additional $20,000 to award this year. Congratulations, researchers! 
Richard Griffey, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and Associate Chief in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Director of Patient Safety and Quality and Director of Information Systems, “Preventing Adverse Events in Diabetic Ketoacidosis Using a Standardized Care Pathway in the Emergency Department: A Pilot Study.”

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH, Founder and Chair, African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) and Research Professor, “Modeling D & I to Scale up Obesity and Diabetes Prevention in Black Communities (AACORN).”

Amy McQueen, PhD, Co-Director, Health Communication Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor, “Examining unmet basic needs and healthcare gaps among Medicaid beneficiaries with type II diabetes.”

Diana Parra Perez, MPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, “Efficacy of a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate Internet and mobile-based weight loss therapy in obese Hispanic/Latino adult women.”

George Schweitzer, PhD, Instructor of Medicine, "Influence of supervised exercise training on social and cognitive intrinsic and extrinsic factors and weight loss in people with obesity."

Eduardo Simoes, MD, MSC, DLSHTM, MPH, Chair and Alumni Distinguished Professor, “A Feasibility Pilot to Evaluate the Impact of a Quality Improvement Exchange on Outcomes and Collaboration within Missouri Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs."

Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, President & CEO, Gramercy Research Group, and Interim Director, Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD), “Evaluating the feasibility of translating evidence-based diabetes prevention programs in high risk communities through HBCU-community partnerships.”
The Built Environment and Diabetes in Native Communities
A story about health equity in Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota, demonstrates the link between the built environment and community health. In this case, the "flood' of diabetes in this Native community can be traced back to the building of the Garrison Dam. Read more from the Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity...
About the CDTR
The WU-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 WU-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 
Upcoming Opportunities
April 21st
The goal of the proposal development workshop is to foster research collaboration, catalyze new ideas, and assist investigators conducting T3 and T4 research among populations at risk for diabetes and obesity. Participants will have access to CDTR Core services and leadership to assist in grant proposal advancement. For more information, contact Jenn Gallagher at

Join Dr. Ross Brownson to learn more about the CDTR and Dissemination & Implementation research. The webinar will review some of the new D&I grant opportunities and offer a space for questions and feedback related to D&I.

Moving the Needle in Pediatric Diabetes Research, PDRC 3rd Annual Research Symposium and Poster Session 
March 30th,  12:30-6:00
The PDRC invites all who participate in diabetes-related research to present their work at a special poster session to be held during the PDRC Research Symposium. Our own Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, is a keynote speaker at the event. 

Funding Announcements

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