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Pamela L. Thornton, Ph.D.

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Health Equity Research in Type 2 Diabetes; Implementation and Dissemination Science; Natural Experiments; Centers for Diabetes Translation Research

Responsibilities & Activities

As program director of health equity and type 2 diabetes research, I provide scientific oversight and administration of a portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements related to the incidence, prevention, and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The portfolio includes behavioral research in patient and community-based populations, evaluation of natural experiments in healthcare or other large scale policies, dissemination and implementation science, and health disparities research. I also manage the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research program, which promotes innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance efficacious diabetes translation research.

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
Basic and clinical studies aimed at addressing the prevention, treatment, and pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Committees & Working Groups

  • NIH Obesity Policy Research Network, Member
  • NIH Subcommittee on Behavior and Environment, NIH Obesity Working Group, Member
  • NIDDK Obesity Research Working Group, Member