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Diabetes Centers

NIDDK’s Diabetes Centers program supports extramural research institutions that have established an existing base of high-quality, diabetes-related research.  A major activity of the Centers is to promote translational/clinical research—work that translates scientific findings into practice to improve the health of Americans with, or at risk for, diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational).  

There are two types of Diabetes Centers in the program:  

  • Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs)
  • Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTRs) 

The program fosters long-term multidisciplinary research in diabetes but does not directly fund major research projects; rather, it provides core resources to support the interdisciplinary cooperation of a group of established investigators conducting research in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism.  Diabetes Centers aim to integrate basic, behavioral, and translational research, and to promote research in areas of clinical applications with an emphasis on intervention—including prototype development and refinement of products, tools, techniques, processes, methods, and practices.  

The Centers have two primary structural components: 
  • Shared resources (cores) 
  • Pilot and feasibility studies  
Shared resources are core facilities, or other cooperative arrangements, that enhance productivity or in other ways benefit research programs by investigators working to accomplish common goals.  Pilot and feasibility studies can have a major impact on the visibility of a Center and should provide a means of developing new ideas and encouraging new members.​

 NIDDK Staff

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPPClinical research on behavioral treatments and prevention for obesity and diabetes; Centers for Diabetes Translational Research.
James Hyde, Ph.D.Neurobiology of energy balance and body composition in obesity; diabetes centers


 Related Funding Opportunities

Posted DateTitleFull Announcement
3/21/2014Limited Competition: Continuation of the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) Study (U01) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-502
3/12/2014Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) (U01) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-501
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) (Summary) PA-14-147
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) (Summary) PA-14-148
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) (Summary) PA-14-149
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 Research Resources

Resource NameDescription
NIDDK Information Network

The NIDDK Information Network (dkNET), serves the needs of basic and clinical investigators by providing seamless access to large pools of data relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The goal of … (Summary)

Hyperglycemia and Pregnancy Outcomes Follow-Up Study Consortium

The goal of this follow-up study of mothers who participated in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study, is to determine the levels of blood sugar during pregnancy that … (Summary)

Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Diabetes Follow-up Study
ACCORDION (sponsored by NHLBI) is a prospective, observational follow-up study of at least 8000 participants who were treated and followed in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in … (Summary)
Action for Health in Diabetes
Look AHEAD is a 16-center, randomized clinical trial investigating the long-term health effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention designed to produce weight loss. Look AHEAD enrolled … (Summary)
Diabetic Complications Consortium
The goal of the NIDDK-sponsored Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) is to foster communication and collaboration between investigator communities involved in complications research.  … (Summary)

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 NIDDK Active Trials in Diabetes

View related clinical trials from ClinicalTrials.gov.


 Related Study Sections

​Study sections conduct initial peer review of applications in a designated scientific area.View related study sections​ from the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.​