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Pamela L. Thornton, Ph.D.

Pamela Thornton
Health Equity and Translational Research; Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (P30) Program

Responsibilities & Activities

I serve as the Senior Advisor for Workforce Diversity and Health Equity for the Office of the Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  In this role, I co-lead NIDDK’s inaugural Health Disparities and Health Equity Research Implementation planning process with the Deputy Director, Dr. Gregory Germino. I also co-chair the NIDDK Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Civility initiative with the Executive Officer, Ms. Camille Hoover, and Dr. Germino.  My federal career has involved managing an NIH-funded workforce development consortium to enhance diversity, developing research and workforce initiatives, and collaborating with colleagues across the NIH on transformative activities to reduce disparities and improve health. 

In addition, I serve as the program director of the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research program whose novel service cores focus on translational research to integrate evidence-based interventions in real world settings and diverse populations across the country. 

Research Programs

Clinical Research in Type 2 Diabetes
Progression and treatment of type 2 diabetes in children and adults.

Diabetes Centers
Enhancing and extending the effectiveness of diabetes research by encouraging collaboration among investigators from relevant disciplines.

Diabetes: Treatment, Prevention, & Complications
The Diabetes: Treatment, Prevention, and Complications Program supports both basic and clinical studies aimed at addressing the prevention, treatment and pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes across the lifespan.

Committees & Working Groups

  • NIDDK Health Disparities/Health Equity Research Working Group of Council, Co-Lead
  • NIDDK Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Civility Initiative, Executive Committee Member
  • NIDDK Obesity Research Working Group, Member
  • NIDDK DEM Clinical Research in Type 2 Diabetes, Member
  • NIDDK DEM Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Working Group, Member 
  • NIH Social Determinants of Health Committee Research Coordinating Committee, Executive Committee Member
  • NIH Racial Ethnic Equity Plans, Guidance Committee Member