CDDOM Disparities Biobank Research Initiative

Program Summary

Creation of a resource of consented patients to facilitate connections between academic researchers and the community, in particular related to type 2 diabetes mellitus, but not limited to it. A biorepository (biobank), with specimens, patient data, and patients consented for contact for future studies and use of DNA in future studies. Community partners (see below) and their patients will benefit from increased knowledge of social and biological factors leading to poor glucose control and an emphasis on implementation of pharmacogenomics clinical decision support. Access to patients, data, and biospecimens will be made to available to all qualified and approved UA investigators who conduct projects that will advance knowledge and/or implement health care improvements. The goal of this biobank is to recruit at least 1000 patients per year, for a total of 4-5000 over the next 4 years.

Program Objectives

1. Bio-repository and Bio-registry. Creation of a resource of consented patients to facilitate connections between academic researchers and the community, in particular related to type 2 diabetes mellitus, but not limited to it. This is in essence a biobank, with specimens, patient data, and patients consented for contact for future studies and use of DNA in future studies. This is the key piece of CDDOM, and through this mechanism we will improve the health of patients with type 2 diabetes, particularly in underserved communities. We will form this biobank in partnership with El Rio Community Health Center in the Tucson area, and Mariposa Community Health Center centered in Nogales. Partnerships have been formed, MOUs and operating budgets are being established, and recruitment will begin as early as first quarter, 2017.

2. Research and Development. This biobank will provide the substrate for academic research and its translation to the community. For example, we will focus on patients with difficult to control type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Better control of glycemia is a key feature of reporting for Accountable Care Organizations and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and most importantly, will reduce diabetes morbidity and mortality. We will facilitate trials to better understand how to reduce the proportion of poorly controlled diabetes (hemoglobin A1C>9.0%). We also will focus on research to understand how to implement programs known to prevent diabetes in prediabetic patients. Our resources will facilitate rigorous research to assess the outcomes of such interventions.

3. Outreach and Public Service. By conducting such projects as partners with Community Health Centers, CDDOM is connecting UAHS knowledge development directly with community partners and speeding the time from knowledge development to clinical care.

CDDOM Disparities Biobank Leadership and Administration 

Principal Investigator 
 
Program Director 
 
CDDOM Disparities Biobank Research Team
 
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
 
Xvania Esquivel
Clinical Research Coordinator 
 
Research Specialist
 
Diana Garcia 
Research Technician 
 
Research Assistant
 
CDDOM Biobank Community Partners