Center for Diabetes Translational Research

The Center for Diabetes Translation Research is supported by NIH grant DK092986. Please acknowledge this in your publications.

  • 2215 Garland Avenue
    807 Light Hall
    Nashville, TN 37232

    Jessica Kimber
    615-875-6072 (p)

About the CDTR

The Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) is a collaborative effort between The Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. The cores provide services to investigators with externally funded, diabetes-related translational research addressing the following areas: innovations in care, community engagement, culturally-sensitive/competent interventions, clinical trials, quality improvement, quality assurance, health services research, environmental studies, & community-based participatory research.

The establishment of the center is in response to a competitive funding opportunity through the National Institute of Health (NIH) & the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

tools logo

News & Events

Experts test intervention to improve sleep habits in pediatric patients with T1D.


A consistent sleep schedule and regular number of hours may be more valuable than total sleep duration for managing type 1 diabetes (T1D) in pediatric patients, according to research published in Pediatric Diabetes. The study was authored by Sarah Jaser, PhD at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 


CDTR members join the National Academy of Medicine

photo            photo

Congratulations to Dr. Velma McBride Murry and Dr. Consuelo Wilkins for being elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. McBride Murry and Dr. Wilkins are members of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance and the Center for Diabetes Translation Research.  

Dr. McBride Murry is president of the Society of Research on Adolescence, and has recently launched a global study to document the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent development and adjustment. Dr. McBride Murry collaborates with fellow CDTR member, Dr. Stephania Miller-Hughes, at Meharry Medical College on a PCORI funded research project leveraging patient-centered and community engaged research approaches to address diabetes burden among African American women. 

Dr. Wilkins has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in all stages of biomedical and health research. Her approaches have informed and transformed the research approaches of many diabetes and obesity investigators across the Center.  She is Vice President for Health Equity at VUMC and the associate dean for Health Equity in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. 

Read more about this prestigious honor in the VUMC Reporter HERE.


2020 Vanderbilt CDTR Fact Sheet

  • Over 250 investigator-authored papers in current five year funding cycle
  • Total grant funding supporting the Vanderbilt CDTR:
  • 39 Center Investigators
  • 6 Pilot & Feasibility recipients have proceeded
    to secure external funding