Albert Einstein College of Medicine to Open New Diabetes Research Center

Over the years, type 2 diabetes research has revealed many interesting statistics about instances of the disease. For example, certain racial groups – particularly African-American and Latino individuals – are at a higher risk for diabetes. Individuals living in high-poverty neighborhoods are also at a greater risk, with up to 70 percent more diagnoses than people living in affluent neighborhoods. While scientists can hypothesize about what causes these increased risks, no one has been able to provide a definitive, conclusive answer.

But now, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health, one New York medical school may be able to find out.

The New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, was recently awarded a $2.9 million grant to open a new center for diabetes research. This facility will be one of only 8 in the country that focuses on diabetes translation research.

"Our overall goal is to improve the health of people who have diabetes or are at risk for developing it, with a focus on low-income communities and various racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by the disease and poor access to care," says Dr. Judith Wylie-Rosett. Wylie-Rosett, a professor and division head of health promotion and nutrition research in the department of epidemiology & population health, as well as Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine at Einstein, will be one of two main investigators for the grant.

Plans for Prevention

According to Dr. Elizabeth A. Walker, professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health at Einstein, the center will focus intensely on awareness and education, too. Einstein researchers hope to produce programs that will, as Dr. Walker says, "reduce obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes, and make the best use of electronic medical records and telecommunication—efforts aimed at prevention of diabetes and its complications."

The college's Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research is expected to be fully up and running within the next five years.

Source: News Medical

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