GCDTR Mission

With its broad base of expertise, the mission of the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) is to facilitate and grow Type 2 translation research in diabetes within the state of Georgia. Type 2 translation is defined as research focused on translating approaches that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, and communities, at risk with an emphasis on reach, sustainability, and widespread implementation.

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Micro Grant Rapid Funding Mechanism Announced

The Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) is pleased to announce a new Micro Grant Rapid Funding Mechanism (MGRFM). This is a unique competitive opportunity being offered by the GCDTR to provide timely and critical resources that can be leveraged by investigators for the submission of larger research funding requests. Award amounts will range from $500 to $2,000. The MGRFM grants will support diabetes translation research leading to the submission of an NIH (preferably) or other extramural research funding application that addresses themes encompassed in GCDTR’s research cores (www.gcdtr.org/core-programs/).

Funds are intended to be used to:

  • Enable a new NIH or other extramural application that is expected to be submitted within the next 6 to 12 months
  • Gather data needed for a scored NIH or other extramural application that is currently being revised for resubmission

Full instructions here and application here

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Cardiovascular and renal burdens of prediabetes in the USA: analysis of data from serial cross-sectional surveys, 1988–2014
Ali MK, Bullard KM, Saydah S, Imperatore G, Gregg EW
There is controversy over the usefulness of prediabetes as a diagnostic label. Using data from US National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) between 1988 and 2014, the authors examined the cardiovascular and renal burdens in adults with prediabetes over time and compared patterns with other glycaemic status groups.
Podcast interview with co-author, Dr. Mohammed K. Ali....

County-level contextual factors associated with diabetes incidence in the United States
Solveig Cunningham, Shivani Patel, Gloria Beckles, Linda Geiss, et. al

This study explores how geographic distribution of diabetes in the US is associated with socioeconomic and built environment characteristics and health-relevant.

Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Investigation Guide

This Field Epidemiology Training Program Investigators Guide was produced by CDC in collaboration with EGDRC, and was led by Dr. Unjali Gujral at Emory.

Incidence of diabetes after a partner's diagnosis
Solveig A. Cunningham, Sara R. Adams, Julie A. Schmittdiel, Mohammed K. Ali, et al.

In a cohort study, we examined whether incidence of diabetes was different for individuals with recently diagnosed partners compared to individuals similar on other characteristics but whose partners were never diagnosed with diabetes.

Participation in a National Lifestyle Change Program is Associated with Improved Diabetes Control Outcomes
Sandra L Jackson, Lisa Staimez, Sandra Safo, Qi Long, Mary K Rhee, Solveig A Cunningham, Darin E Olson, Anne M Tomolo, Usha Ramakrishnan, KM Venkat Narayan, Lawrence S Phillips

This research studied the largest clinical lifestyle change program in the United States, the Veteran’s Health Administration’s MOVE! program.

A National Effort to PreventType 2 Diabetes: Participant-Level Evaluation of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program
Elizabeth K. Ely, Stephanie M. Gruss, Elizabeth T. Luman, Edward W. Gregg, Mohammed K. Ali, Kunthea Nhim, Deborah B. Rolka, and Ann L. Albright

This paper assesses participant-level results from the first 4 years of implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a national effort to prevent type 2 diabetes in those at risk through structured lifestyle change programs.

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November 14, 2018 is World Diabetes Day
Please read "Global Aspects of Change in Diabetes Burden" by Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan, director of the GCDTR.


Georgia’s health system ranks 40th in national scorecard

"Poverty is a key factor in low health rankings of Southern states," said Solveig Cunningham of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

That affects access to care. Cunningham cited the report finding that in Alabama, low-income adults were nearly seven times more likely than those with higher incomes to skip necessary care because of costs (33 percent vs. 5 percent). But in Pennsylvania, the disparity between high-income and low-income adults was much less (17% vs. 9%).

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GCDTR Presented With Health Connect South Best Collaboration Award

GCDTR Wins Health Connect South Best Colloboration Award!
The Health Connect South (HCS) Best Collaboration Award for 2017 went to the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) during HCS's annual gathering. The HCS Collaboration Award recognizes organizations or individuals who have developed partnerships and collaborations that have contributed to advances in healthcare in the Southeast.