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NIDDK Looking for Applications to Move Effective Interventions to the Community

Some of the most striking findings in behavioral research have come in the study of diabetes.

By Patricia Kobor

Some of the most striking findings in behavioral research have come in the study of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program community trial (DPP) demonstrated that a modest dietary and exercise intervention was effective in preventing the onset of diabetes in people with impaired glucose tolerance - and was most effective among older participants. In 1993, the Diabetes Complications Control Trial demonstrated that health complications from diabetes could be reduced 60-70% by tight blood glucose control. Yet programs based on these trials have not been widely moved to community settings.

The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is eager to spread the word to behavioral researchers to look at the institutes R18 mechanism (specifically for translational research). An updated Program Announcement can be found at the NIH website.

This is a high priority for NIDDK. The institute showcased two grantees in this area during the recent 10th anniversary of the founding of NIHs Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. OBSSR is a cosponsor of this Program Announcement.

Sanford Garfield, NIDDKs Senior Adviser for Biometry and Behavioral Research, encourages interested applicants to contact him to discuss ideas: email or (301) 594-8803.