VUMC is home to both a Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) and a Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR), both funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The Vanderbilt DRTC is an interdisciplinary research and training program involving more than 130 faculty from 20 departments. The Vanderbilt CDTR, under the directorship of Dr. Tom Elasy, is a partnership of VUMC and Meharry Medical College, with the mission of applying research knowledge in both clinical practice and in community settings to better prevent and treat diabetes and obesity. VUMC is also home to the Eskind Diabetes Clinic, a nationally recognized facility for adult, pediatric and gestational diabetes treatment with approximately 50,000 patient visits annually.
“The research you’re doing here hopefully is going to help bend that curve and have an impact on diabetes,” Vanderbilt DRTC director, Dr. Alvin Powers, told attendees. “There are challenges for all of us.”
Invited speaker Dr. Monica Peek, associate director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Chicago, spoke about how an individual’s social environment impacts both their health and the health disparities they encounter. Social research has shown that issues such as poverty, discrimination, substandard housing, lack of transportation, poor nutrition, lack of educational opportunities, residential segregation and community violence have clear connections to health care and health outcomes, she said.
Vanderbilt Diabetes Day was jointly sponsored by the Vanderbilt DRTC and the Vanderbilt CDTR.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 20