Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases


Diabetes Translational Research Program

The mission of the Diabetes Translational Research Program at IU School of Medicine is to prevent and manage diabetes by developing, evaluating, implementing and disseminating evidence-based strategies to improve population health in Indiana and nationally—now and for the next generation. The Diabetes Translational Research Center is located on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus in the Health Information and Translational Sciences building.

Expertise in the Emotional and Behavioral Aspects of Diabetes

More than 20 faculty representing IU School of Medicine, Fairbanks School of Public Health, IU School of Public Health, IUPUI and IU School of Nursing as well as Purdue University are affiliated with the Diabetes Translational Research Program at IU School of Medicine. These faculty members are aligned to significantly reduce the burden of diabetes for individuals, families and health care systems by:

  • Improving the health and quality of life of people at risk for or living with diabetes through culturally sensitive interventions
  • Discovering and advancing understanding about the drivers of health disparities in the prevalence and burden of diabetes
  • Improving diabetes outcomes in health-disparate populations through community-engaged research

Active Research

The Diabetes Translational Research Program is conducting research in many areas related to diabetes, including primary prevention of diabetes, depression and diabetes mechanisms and community-based treatment program development, the influence of care delivery organizational structure on diabetes care delivery processes and outcomes, provider-patient communication, medication adherence, the role of technology in diabetes care delivery, epidemiology of diabetes genetics, and policy making and cost effectiveness of health services. The center is also involved in clinical trials. Explore the active research studies of the Diabetes Translational Research Center.

Program Leadership

The Center’s leaders and faculty scientists have all published extensively. A list of their recent publications are available on their individual faculty profiles.

Mary de Groot, PhD

Mary de Groot, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Chandan K. Saha, PhD

Chandan K. Saha, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Kieren J. Mather, MD

Kieren J. Mather, MD

Professor of Medicine
NiCole R. Keith, PhD

NiCole R. Keith, PhD

Professor Tenured/Tenure-Track
Tamara S. Hannon, MD,  MS

Tamara S. Hannon, MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics