Structure and Leadership

Marshall ChinThe Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CCDTR) is based out of the University of Chicago Department of Medicine and builds upon what was previously established through the University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center Prevention and Control Core. The goal of the CCDTR is to simultaneously provide core services to users and to integrate researchers into the collaborative community of diabetes translational researchers. Researchers join one or more working groups to collaborate on projects, they draw upon the methodological resources of the Outcomes Improvement, Quantitative Analysis, and Health Disparities and Community-Based Participatory Research Cores, and members participate in the weekly Center-wide Research-in-Progress (RIP) Conferences.  The end goal is rigorous, innovative diabetes translational research that ultimately leads to improvement in real-world diabetes care and outcomes.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, Director, is a national expert in improving diabetes care in vulnerable patients served in community health centers and in reducing health disparities.  Dr. Chin is Director of the RWJF Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change National Program Office.

Deborah Burnet, MD, MAPP, Associate Director, leads the Outcomes Improvement Core.  Dr. Burnet is an expert in diabetes prevention in African-American youth through community-based programs.

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, Associate Director, leads the Quantitative Analysis Core. Dr. Huang is an expert in geriatrics, cost-effectiveness analysis, and policy analysis.  He has published some of the seminal decision and cost analyses of geriatric diabetes care, and his cost analyses of diabetes care have attracted national academic and policy attention.

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Associate Director, leads the Health Disparities and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Core. Dr. Peek is an expert on improving shared decision making for African Americans with diabetes, with special interests in addressing issues of historical mistrust and discrimination.

Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, Associate Director, leads the Pilot and Feasibility Grants Program. Dr. Baig is an expert in community-based participatory research methods for designing and evaluating community- and health center-based interventions to improve health care delivery and diabetes outcomes in low-income minority communities.

Loretta Heuer, RN, PhD, and Cynthia Schaefer, RN, co-chair the MidWest Clinicians’ Network Research Committee and lead their program in the Health Disparities and CBPR Core. Dr. Heuer and Ms. Schaefer are nurse clinician-researchers.

Emily Laflamme, MPH, leads the Chicago Department of Public Health Program component of the Health Disparities and CBPR Core. Ms. Laflamme is an epidemiologist in the Chicago Department of Public Health.