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CTSI grant to fund childhood diabetes study

Aug. 27, 2014

A collaborative team of researchers from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study type 1 diabetes management among young children.

Astrida Kaugars, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Marquette University and Amy Heffelfinger, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and pediatrics at MCW, are the primary investigators for the grant. Their collaborator is Bethany Auble, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at MCW and a pediatric endocrinologist at CHW.

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed during childhood, and its rate among young children is rising at an alarmingly fast space. The goal of this project is to better understand how families with young children communicate and work together to manage type 1 diabetes. Drs. Kaugars, Heffelfinger, and Auble will learn about how behaviors of children and parents promote optimal metabolic control and diabetes management in young children.

This is one of 13 pilot projects being funded in 2014 through CTSI. The goal of the grants is to create synergy through collaboration, and studies are specifically designed to lead to major future research support. The projects explore findings that have the potential to be translated into clinical practice and community health, and are led by investigators at the CTSI’s eight partnering institutions: the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, and BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

CTSI is part of a national consortium of top medical research institutions. Working together, the CTSI institutions are committed to improve human health by streamlining science, transforming training environments and improving the conduct, quality and dissemination of clinical and translational research. The CTSI program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Support for the Pilot Award Program comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW).

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