Center for Diabetes Translation Research Leads Collaborative Effort to Eliminate Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity in STL

Public Health; Research

The Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) is leading a collaborative effort to fund innovative projects to address diabetes and obesity disparities in St. Louis.

The rapid funding mechanism, co-sponsored by the Washington University Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Diabetes Research Center, Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences, and Institute for Public Health, is designed to advance novel approaches in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity.

This opportunity will support novel studies that explore the biological and environmental mechanisms through which social disadvantage increases diabetes/obesity burden, thus informing new leverage points for intervention.

A key component of this effort is the emphasis on moving research along the translational science spectrum, from the lab to the community. “We usually think of ‘transdisciplinary’ as integrating multiple fields of knowledge, but this is the first funding announcement to specifically require teams to work across multiple stages of the translational continuum,” says Debra Haire-Joshu, director of the CDTR and the Joyce Wood Professor of Public Health and Medicine. “The goal is to encourage innovative partnerships to create the best solutions for these complex issues.”

Awards will provide up to $60,000 direct costs, per year, for one or two years. Researchers interested in applying are encouraged to attend an informational session on March 23rd, 2020 (register here). Additional details on the funding announcement can be found here: