Grantees

DREAMS-CDTR grantees are promising early-stage investigators supported by the Center’s Pilot and Feasibility Program, which funds pilot projects in areas diabetes translational research.

Current Pilot Award Investigators

Rana Chehab PhD, MPH, RD

Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Project: Associations between Glycemic Control Trajectories among Individuals with Gestational Diabetes and Risk of Obesity and Growth Trajectories in the Offspring.

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Project Description: Childhood obesity is the most prevalent childhood disease in the US, and gestational diabetes (GDM) is a major risk factor. We aim to examine racial- and ethnic-specific associations between glycemic control trajectories from GDM diagnosis to delivery and risk of childhood obesity and growth trajectories in the offspring using data from a prospective cohort study of individuals with GDM who delivered between 2007-2019 at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Our findings can potentially support current clinical practice and efforts to achieve glycemic control early following GDM diagnosis and aid in risk stratification and early identification of childhood obesity among the offspring of GDM-complicated pregnancies.

Jenise C. Wong, MD PhD

University of California San Francisco

Project: Perspectives on virtual peer groups for diabetes technology use by Latinx youth with type 1 diabetes

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Project Description: Diabetes technology, such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices, can help improve glucose control for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), which keeps them at lower risk for diabetes complications, but many Latinx adolescents, who make up the largest marginalized ethnic group of youth with T1D in California, use these devices less often and have less optimal glycemic outcomes compared to White youth. We hypothesize that virtual peer groups (VPGs) can lead to increased use of diabetes devices and improved clinical and patient-centered outcomes for Latinx youth T1D. The objective of this proposal is to engage stakeholders (patients, families, diabetes clinicians, clinic staff) to inform the design of a VPG intervention to support technology use in Latinx youth.

Former Awardees

Pilot Investigator Project Period Project Title

Luis Rodriguez

2021-2022

Added Sugar Intake and Cardiometabolic Abnormality Among US Hispanic/Latino Adults

Jennifer Falbe

2021-2022

Impact of Sugar-sweetened Beverage (SSB) Warning Labels Among Low-income Hispanic Populations

Elaine Khoong  (UCSF)

Sarah Nouri (UCSF)

2020-2021

Evaluating Changes to Primary Care Management and Control of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Among Diverse Populations After Wide-scale Telehealth Implementation

Stephanie Hooker (HealthPartners Institute)

2020-2021

Improving Type 2 Diabetes Care Provided Through Telehealth Modalities: Understanding Needs of Patients and Primary Care Providers

 Tainayah Thomas (KPNC)

2020-2021

Engagement, Preferences and Perceptions Related to Diabetes Prevention Among Adults with Prediabetes

Alexander Lee (UCSF)

2020-2021

Investigating Alternative Glycemic Metrics to Predict Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia in Nursing Home Residents with Type 2 Diabetes

Estibaliz Iturralde (KPNC)

2019-2020

Perceptions and Preferences Related to Diabetes Prevention Among Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and Metabolic Risk Factors
Yeyi Zhu (KPNC)

2018-2019

Investigation of Prevalence of and Barriers to Achieving Optimal Glycemic Control among Women with Gestational Diabetes

Ilya Golovaty ( University of

Washington, formerly UCSF)

2018-2019

Implementation and Effectiveness of Community Diabetes Prevention Programs in the United States

Veronica Yank (UCSF)

2017-2019

Pilot Study of eHealth Medication Messages for Latino Patients and Their Families

Courtney Lyles (UCSF)

2017-2019

Tablet Research to Improve Understanding of Medications for People’s Health (TRIUMPH)

Leah Zallman (Harvard Medical School)

2016-2017

Interactive Community Program Guide for Diabetes Prevention in Primary Care

Susan Brown (UC Davis)

2016-2018

A Self-Affirmation Intervention to Enhance Patient Outreach for Health System-based Lifestyle Programs for Diabetes Prevention
Christina Mangurian (UCSF)

2015-2016

Cost-effectiveness of Expanding the Scope of Community Psychiatrists to Include Initial Treatment of Diabetes and Pre-diabetes
Laura Garabedian (HPHC)

2014-2015

Addressing Gaps in Research on Pay Performance to Improve Quality of Diabetes Care: Provider Perspectives

Amy Beck (UCSF)

Sarah Kim  (UCSF)

2014-2016

Group Parent Education, Reinforcing Text Messages and 1:1 Provider Visits for the Treatment of Overweight/obese, Low Income Latino Children

Samantha Ehrlich (University of Tennessee Knoxville, formerly KPNC)

2013-2014

Physical Activity in Pregnancy for Intergenerational Obesity Prevention

 Neda Ratanawongsa  (UCSF)

2012-2013

Medication Non- Adherence and Clinical Inertia Among Diverse Persons with Diabetes in a Government- Managed Care Plan for Medicaid andUninsured Populations

Emma Eggleston (West Virginia University formerly HPHC)

2011-2012

GDM and Progression to Type 2 Diabetes by BMI and Antepartum Testing