Collaborations

Internal Partners

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM)

HCOM is the administrative home of the Diabetes Institute with the largest percentage of membership in the DI being composed of faculty and administrative staff from HCOM.  Support for programs such as the Diabetes Fellowship and the Diabetes Free Clinic is also provided by the college.

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The College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP)

CHSP sponsors the Diabetes Certificate available to undergraduates and graduates. The program educates and prepares students to better understand the multifaceted and complex condition of diabetes.  Student participation in diabetes specific programs is largely composed of students enrolled in the certificate program. CHSP faculty and administrative staff make up the next largest percentage of membership in the Diabetes Institute.

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Edison Biotechnology Institute (EBI)

EBI and the DI are closely aligned with one another with research in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, proteomics, and hormonal regulation and addresses needs in the areas of diabetes, obesity, growth disorders, aging, infectious disease and cancer.

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Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Faculty at Russ College account for the third largest percentage of members in the Diabetes Institute.  Biomedical Engineering faculty engages in diabetes research through artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI)

ITDI and the DI first began collaborating in the spring of 2015 to assess the obesity, diabetes and cardio-metabolic risk of adolescents from Rural and Urban communities in Ecuador.  Since then, TDI and DI members have initiated two additional projects including a Diabetes Prevention Program in Ecuador.

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External Partners

OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College

The OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College Diabetes & Endocrinology clinic is a vibrant practice that combines excellence in clinical care, comprehensive interdisciplinary teaching and complete patient care serving the people of Appalachian Ohio and Western WV.

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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Educador (PUCE)

With the collaborative efforts of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI), PUCE has become a meaningful partner of the DI focusing on chronic disease research in Quito, Ecuador.

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Assessment of Obesity and Metabolic Risk Factors in Adolescents in Ecuador
Faculty and physicians from the ITDI and the DI partnered with faculty from the PUCE to assess the obesity, diabetes and cardio-metabolic risk of adolescents from Rural and Urban communities in Ecuador. This team of researchers, together with a large team of students from OU and PUCE plus a 3 rd  year medical resident, collected data on more than 250 adolescents over spring break, reaching the intended target sample size in just 5 days of testing. This data will be used to more fully understand current obesity rates, incidence of related chronic disease (i.e. diabetes), and the sociological factors (e.g. diet, nutritional knowledge, physical activity, etc.) that contribute to obesity rates in rural versus urban groups of Ecuadorian adolescents.

National Diabetes Prevention Program in Ecuador
The DI, PUCE and Touro University, California, partnered to implement a project designed to assess the translatability of The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in Ecuador. The project will test the ability of the evidence-based NDPP to transcend language and cultural barriers and produce the same results in a different country.

Health talks and workshops in Ecuador
The DI, ITDI and PUCE collaborated to give presentations and a workshop for the "1st Congreso Internacional de Docencia, Investigación en Salud y Vinculación con la Colectividad" (1st International Congress of Teaching, Health Research and Community Engagement) at the College of Nursing at PUCE.  The talks were given in Spanish and the titles are as follows: "Construyendo  una  Comunidad de Investigación" (Building a Research Community) and " Investigación en Colaboracion de la Comunidad" (Community-Engaged Research: Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention). The workshop for faculty researchers was titled "Revision Proyectos de Investigación en la Facultdad de Enfermería- PUCE/Universidad de Ohio" (Review of Research Projects - PUCE/ Ohio University).