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Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR)

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are at greater risk of being diagnosed with diabetes than any other segment of the U.S. population, suffer high rates of serious complications due to diabetes, and die prematurely as a consequence. The Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR; P30DK092923-08) is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as one of eight Diabetes Translation Research Centers to support and enhance diabetes type 2 translation research. CAIANDTR’s mission is to translate research of proven efficacy into practice in both clinical and community settings, with the goal of improving the diabetes-related health of Native people. CAIANDTR builds directly upon our decade-long coordination of the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)​.


CAIANDTR provides resources locally, regionally, and nationally in areas relevant to the NIDDK’s translation research agenda. Our work is specific to AI/ANs, but is generalizable to other segments of the population. 

CAIANDTR’s specific aims are to:

1.      Provide an administrative structure that promotes excellence in translation research and research capacity-building specific to improving diabetes-related health among AI/ANs

2.      ​​Evaluate the impact of training, technical assistance, and consultation activities on the capacity of other investigators to pursue scientifically meritorious diabetes translation research specific to AI/ANs

3.      Expand training, technical assistance, and consultation activities, delivered through a Research Base of funded faculty, whose research either targets diabetes or is translational in nature with clear potential for application to diabetes. Services focus on 6 emphasis areas:

    1. Community outreach and engagement
    2. Cultural adaptation of interventions
    3. Health literacy
    4. Health information technologies
    5. Dissemination and implementation
    6. Sustainability

​Understanding th​e Relationship of the Center’s Core Components

Represented graphically above, this website provides information about the core components of CAIANDTR, including the Translation Research Core, Enrichment Program, Pilot and Feasibility Program, National Resource Core, and Satellite Center Network, all supported by an Administrative Core.

The Translation Research Core includes six areas of emphasis identified by the Research Base that support the advancement of diabetes translation research. Each emphasis area is led by an expert who, among other technical assistance and consultation activities, provides a topic-specific webinar as part of the Center’s Enrichment Program. The Enrichment Program represents the Center’s commitment to training and promoting scientific exchange among the diabetes translation research community.

The Pilot and Feasibility Program supports small-scale research projects that explore the extension of diabetes prevention and treatment research to Native communities.

The National Resource Core extends the expertise and related resources of the Center to other research and health care organizations across the country that seek to translate their efforts to prevent and/or treat diabetes among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. During the current period of support, CAIANDTR collaborates closely with the Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente of Colorado, to build, implement, and evaluate technology-assisted approaches to enhance diabetes prevention and treatment in urban Indian health programs.

The Center is supported by the Research Base, a group of highly productive researchers and experts who represent multidisciplinary approaches to the field of diabetes translation research. The Research Base includes faculty from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as well as several Satellite Centers around the country. The Satellite Centers are 6 geographically diverse institutions that extend the parent Center’s impact to local stakeholder groups critical to growing and sustaining a successful translation research agenda specific to the prevention and treatment of diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives​.The Research Base includes both faculty as well as projects that fall under the auspices of CAIANDTR.​

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