​American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are at greater risk of being diagnosed with diabetes than any other segment of the U.S. population, suffer high rates of serious complications due to diabetes, and die prematurely as a consequence. The Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR) is one of eight Diabetes Translation Research Centers to support and enhance diabetes type 2 translation research.


The Center for American Indian & Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR)'s mission is to translate the research of proven efficacy into practice in both clinical and community settings, with the goal of improving the diabetes-related health of Native people. CAIANDTR builds directly upon our decade-long coordination of the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)​​.

Specific aims

CAIANDTR provides resources locally, regionally, and nationally in areas relevant to the NIDDK's translation research agenda. Our work is specific to AI/ANs, but is generalizable to other segments of the population. CAIANDTR's specific aims are to:

  1. Provide an administrative structure that promotes excellence in translation research and research capacity-building specific to improving diabetes-related health among AI/ANs
  2. ​​Evaluate the impact of training, technical assistance, and consultation activities on the capacity of other investigators to pursue scientifically meritorious diabetes translation research specific to AI/ANs
  3. Expand training, technical assistance, and consultation activities, delivered through a Research Base of funded faculty, whose research either targets diabetes or is translational in nature with clear potential for application to diabetes. Services focus on 6 emphasis areas:
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Cultural adaptation of interventions
  • Health literacy
  • Health information technologies
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Sustainability
Graphic depicting CAIANDTR's major components, refer to the content below for more information

There are many aspects of CAIANDTR that work together to promote translational research. We created a graphic to help you better understand the relationship of the Center's core components.