The Interventions and Translational Core (ITC) is a major focus of prevention and control research in diabetes and cardiometabolic disease both at UAB and at the national level. The Core serves a world-class cadre of investigators, including a large number of junior investigators (DRC Scientists, Mentored Members) whose work has become recognized at the national level and who constitute the future research leaders in diabetes interventions and community-based research. The Core provides expertise and services that range from methods of intervention development, basic study design and data analysis, and cutting-edge methodologies in measurement, to subject recruitment and retention strategies with an emphasis on increasing minority participation. Given the national stature of ITC leadership in diabetes and obesity intervention research and health disparities, the Core will serve as a nexus for the conduct of both phase 1 and phase 2 translational research in diabetes that will advance the national research agenda as outlined in the NIH roadmap.

 

Services

Services

ITC provides expertise, services and tools needed for intervention research in diabetes prevention and management with an emphasis on reduction of health disparities.
Services include:

  • Intervention development: Access to and expert consultation for intervention development in diabetes prevention and management (e.g., interventions to optimize weight, exercise/physical activity, medication adherence, or glycemic control)
  • Study design, measurement, & evaluation: Provide expertise on study design and evaluation, including measurement, quality control quality assurance, and analytic support to research projects that aim to prevent and manage diabetes
  • Recruitment & retention: Consultation on development and implementation of a culturally appropriate plan to enhance recruitment and retention of minorities in diabetes-related research studies
  • Health system informatics & technology in diabetes research: Consultation on how to create, mine, manage, and maintain complex big data sets
  • ITC Community Advisory Board: Established in 2016, the CAB is made up of 14 to 18 members that include lay people, community leaders, educators, and healthcare providers that are affected by diabetes or work with persons living with diabetes. The purpose of the CAB is to build and foster partnerships between researchers and local study communities impacted by diabetes.
  • Objective Measures: Dietary assessment (24-hour dietary recalls) and physical activity measurement (accelerometers)

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Objectives

Objectives

  • Provide expert consultation for intervention development in diabetes prevention and management (e.g., interventions to optimize weight, exercise/physical activity, medication adherence, and/or glycemic control). This expertise will facilitate translation of basic science findings into efficacy-testing interventions ranging from clinical trials to community-based trials.
  • Provide expertise on study design and evaluation, including measurement, quality control, quality assurance, and analytic support, for research to prevent and manage diabetes. These studies will include but also go beyond traditional clinical trials. For example, group-randomized trials evaluating weight loss interventions in community settings require specialized expertise in trial design, data capture and transfer, as well as in interventional and analytic tools.
  • Design and facilitate culturally appropriate strategies to enhance the recruitment and retention of minorities and underserved populations in diabetes-related research studies, with emphasis on African American and rural communities.

Personnel

Personnel

cherrington

Director
Andrea L. Cherrington, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Medical Towers 624
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 996-2885
Fax: (205) 975-5199
E-Mail: cherrington@uab.edu