About the Center

The UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism serves as a nucleus for interdisciplinary research that forms the foundation for translation of biomedical research to advanced, evidence-based clinical care in the community. A major focus of the center is to facilitate development of innovative approaches to delivery of care and prevention, serving a diverse population in one of the most high-risk yet underserved regions in the nation.

A primary objective of the center is to create a biobank and research registry that is focused on obesity and type 2 diabetes risk in the Latino population, while also creating a biobank registry with patient bio-specimens that would be accessible to other studies focusing on other aspects of health of importance to the local community and the Hispanic/Latino population.