Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research

The Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CCDTR) aims to expand its role as one of the pioneering national leaders in investigating how to translate diabetes research findings into real-world practice, with a particular emphasis on improving the quality of care and outcomes for vulnerable populations and reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care.  The Center serves as both a provider of core services and expertise, and equally importantly as a true working community of collaborators from across Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation.  Successful translation of diabetes research findings into real-world practice, reflected by the research priorities in the national Diabetes Research Strategic Plan, requires interventions at multiple levels:  policy, health care organizations, health care microsystems, providers, patients and families, and the community.  Therefore, the key funded research projects in the Chicago Center address these different levels, and the core resources in the Center range from behavioral resources for patient interventions, to infrastructure for facilitating community-engaged research, to economic expertise to support policy-relevant translational research.