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Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research in Plain Language

The specific goal of this research program is the identification of screening tests that are effective in detecting individuals of African descent who are at high risk for developing diabetes. Screening tests which work well create the opportunity to intervene when both disease prevention and minimization of complications can be optimized. Due to the magnitude and multiplicity of racial and ethnic differences, the Section on Ethnicity and Health is a major advocate for evaluating screening tests in the populations in which they are going to applied. The African descent populations with whom the Section is currently working include: African Americans, African immigrants to the United States and Africans living in sub-Saharan Africa.