University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute, Pa.

We're doing a lot of exciting things at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute. You know, we have a diabetes epidemic, and not only a very growing problem with diabetes, but we also have challenges with our healthcare delivery systems in the United States. So we've got these two problems that are overwhelming us, and they're overwhelming our communities, and so our work has really focused on: how do we fix care in the communities?

Diabetes doesn't live and breathe in an endocrinologist's office or a doctor's office, it lives and breathes in communities, and what are those communities? You know, we're doing work in urban sites in African-American high-risk city settings, we're doing a lot of work opening little mini-clinics in rural settings that don't have access to diabetes educators and or don't have access to an endocrinologist. We're looking at models of care that can be built into these communities and not only built, but how do we sustain them, so that when so leave these communities with our research, then when we pull out, that these communities are able sustain those models. I think there's a lot of novel approaches and we in diabetes have to think outside the box, but in thinking outside the box, we've got to collect the evidence to show that what we've done outside that box works.