The Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) Enrichment Program serves a critical role of embedding a culture of diabetes translation research at center collaborating institutions (Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia Institute of Technology) and at other institutions in the state of Georgia. The Enrichment Program is designed to create an educational and academic environment to support innovative research in diabetes translation and promote scientific exchange among Georgia investigators with research interests in core topics by orchestrating a broad range of educational and dissemination activities and serve as a focal point for interaction and collaboration among GCDTR Core Faculty, investigators and all affiliations (local, state, and regional partner institutions). The Enrichment Program is also closely integrated with the GCDTR Pilot and Feasibility Program, providing a channel to share opportunities, link collaborators, and also a forum for skills development (e.g., seminars and workshops on grant preparation and presenting at conferences). Throughout the year, the Enrichment Program invites academic leaders across GCDTR institutions to efficiently contribute to educational programs to keep researchers abreast of the latest developments in the field of diabetes translation research and create a network that facilitates cross-disciplinary collaborative projects for young investigators, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, the program leverages the Leadership Team’s extensive networks to invite visiting lectures from national and international leaders in the field.
The Enrichment Program’s specific aims are to 1) create an educational and academic environment that guide and inform innovative research questions regarding translation of diabetes detection, prevention, and management interventions for clinics and communities; 2) enhance interaction and synergies across basic and social scientists, health care providers of all sorts, community leaders, and policy-makers by organizing and participating in local, regional, and national scientific meetings; and 3) facilitate translation of new knowledge in diabetes to improve the lives of people with diabetes. The Enrichment Program includes a number of innovations such as web-based Continuing Medical Education research seminars on diabetes translation research; a commitment from Primary Care Diabetes to publish an annual review of “Advances in Diabetes Translation Research;” leveraging existing funded center resources (e.g., “studio consultation” [presentation and feedback] opportunities for junior investigators with the NIH-funded Atlanta Clinical and Translation Science Institute’s biostatistics core); and integration with GCDTR's dissemination platforms (online interactive peer network, open-access resource library where all presentations will be archived, and email and social media accounts).
Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez, from the Emory School of Medicine, directs the Enrichment Program, facilitating and encouraging the participation of an outstanding multi-disciplinary team of experienced clinical researchers and educators.