The University of Chicago has received two new training grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to develop programs to train and inspire students in the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine to pursue careers in diabetes research. The programs will offer students a full continuum of training, from basic science and translational research to the type of interdisciplinary care needed to care for patients with diabetes.
Currently, more than 34 million adults in the United States (13% of Americans) have diabetes, and that number is expected to grow to 60 million (17%) by 2060. The goal of these programs is to support educational activities that complement the training of a physician scientist workforce to meet the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs for this growing segment of patients that are currently not available to graduate students and medical students.
The first program, called DULCE (Diabetes InqUiry through a Learning Collaborative Experience), will provide students with concrete experiences in diabetes research, clinical care, reflective observation through regular meetings with peers and physician scientists, learning of new theories through participation in multidisciplinary clinical and research seminars, and application of new concepts through an intensive mentored research project.
The DULCE program will be led by Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parillo Family Distinguished Service Professor of Healthcare Ethics, plus more than 35 core faculty members who will serve as mentors to trainees. The R25 grant will provide $513,000 over five years from the NIDDK, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.