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About the CDTR

The Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) and it cores provide services to investigators with externally funded, diabetes-related translational research addressing the following areas: innovations in care, community engagement, culturally-sensitive/competent interventions, clinical trials, quality improvement, quality assurance, health services research, environmental studies, & community-based participatory research.

The establishment of the center is in response to a competitive funding opportunity through the National Institute of Health (NIH) & the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

2018 Vanderbilt CDTR Fact Sheet:

  • 141 investigator authored papers in current five year funding cycle
  • Total grant funding supported by Vanderbilt CDTR:
    $ 9,997,282
  • 32 Center Investigators
  • 6 Pilot & Feasibility recipients have proceeded
    to secure external funding


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The Center for Diabetes Translation Research
is supported by NIH grant DK092986. 
Please acknowledge this in your publications.

Community Leaders

Tom Elasy
Laura Shackleford
Associate Administrative Director
Jessica Kimber
Senior Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Starr
Administrative Officer

Contact Information

1215 21st Avenue South
Suite 6000 North Tower
Nashville, TN 37232

Laura Shackleford
615-343-2071 (p)

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