MCDTR Cores and Programs

Administrative Core

Co-directed by Michele Heisler, MD, MPA and Gretchen Piatt, PhD, MPH

The Admin Core maintains the Research Base and is responsible for the MCDTR's direction, functioning, finances, and web site. It administers the Pilot and Feasibility Study Grants Program, the Enrichment Program, and the Cross-Sectoral Collaborations initiative that fosters and sustains partnerships between MCDTR investigators and multiple sectoral partners that span local and state health departments, federally qualified health centers, and community organizations.

Core 1: Evaluation Methods and Intervention Strategies

Co-directed by John Piette, PhD and Rod Hayward, MD

The EMIS Core focuses on cutting-edge design and analysis methods and technology-based approaches to intervention delivery, cross-sectoral communication, and outreach to improve access of and ongoing support to populations facing health disparities.

Core 2: Addressing Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Co-directed by Jeff Kullgren, MD, MPH and Minal Patel, PhD

The ASBDH Core provides expertise on state-of-the art approaches to identify, measure, and meet unmet socioeconomic needs and design interventions and policies that effectively address both social and behavioral determinants of improved diabetes and population health outcomes.

Core 3: National Core - Leveraging Community, Family, and Peer Support

Co-directed by Ed Fisher, PhD and Daphne Watkins, PhD

The Peer Support Core helps investigators design and evaluate novel intervention approaches that effectively mobilize and evaluate different types and combinations of community, family, and peer support to both address social needs and support healthy behaviors to improve diabetes prevention, management, and equity.

Enrichment Program

Co-directed by Michele Heisler, MD, MPA and Gretchen Piatt, PhD, MPH

The main goals of the Enrichment Program include promoting scientific exchange among MCDTR investigators, cross-sectoral collaborators, trainees, and investigators from other fields, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to promote new scientific collaborations, directions, and approaches.  Additionally, the Enrichment Program develops and supports early-stage investigators to conduct research focused on improving diabetes prevention and treatment in health system and community settings through multi-modal, transdisciplinary research methods. To meet these goals, the Enrichment Program sponsors programming including the MCDTR Annual Symposium which brings together national and local transdisciplinary experts in diabetes translational research to present and share research findings.

Pilot and Feasibility Program (P-and-F)

Co-directed by Bill Herman, MD, and Jaclynn Hawkins PhD, MSW

The Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grants Program provides critical start-up support and mentorship for high-quality T2 to T4 translational research proposals related to MCDTR research themes. A crucial feature of our successful P/F program has been its ability to stimulate interest in T2-T4 translational research in diabetes through many units of the university, including the Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, School of Information, Institute for Social Research, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, and the Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access. In addition, our support of multiple models of research casts a wide net, capturing the innovation of transdisciplinary research and facilitating the convergence of multiple research pathways focused ultimately on establishing and maintaining independence for early-stage investigators pursuing academic careers in diabetes translational research.

Remember to cite the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) in publications as follows:
“The project described was supported by Grant Number P30DK092926 (MCDTR) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases”