News & Media

July 2017

Healthfulness, Modernity, and Availability of Food and Beverages: Adolescents’ Perceptions in Southern India

Shaikh, et al used freelists to document perceptions of healthfulness, modernity, and availability of foods and beverages among adolescents ages 13–18 years (n = 26) in urbanizing India.

Grandmothers’ perspectives on the changing context of health in India

Cunningham, et al engaged older adults to gain an important perspective on globalization and health.

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National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States

CDC's new report shows that 30.3 million people in the US have diabetes, making the US population of people with diabetes the 45th most populated country in the world.

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Type 2 Diabetes in Asia with a focus on India and China

Soares and Müller review how China and India currently have the highest numbers of type 2 diabetics in the world, and these figures are projected to substantially increase by 2040.

Global Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity

Gregg and Shaw review the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, which offers a discouraging reminder that the global obesity epidemic is worsening in most parts of the world and that its implications regarding both physical health and economic health remain ominous.

Shifting from Sickness and Disease to Wellness and Prevention

Thursday, July 27, 12pm - 1pm
Room 5001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Join us at the next Seminar Series to hear Nazeera Dawood, Chief of Staff for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, discuss her experiences with public health prevention and wellness. Pizza will be served!

Entrenched obesity in childhood: findings from a national cohort study

Cunningham et. al. found that obesity prevention should focus on early childhood, as obesity at school entry is not often a passing phenomenon.

The stability of children's weight status over time, and the role of television, physical activity, and diet

Jackson and Cunningham examined the effects of weight-related behaviors on subsequent changes in weight during childhood using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K), a nationally representative prospective cohort of children in the United States.

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June 2017

The EGDRC Newsletter: A Quarterly Update

Our June 2017 edition provides an update on EGDRC's latest activities, including new team members and the continuous expansion of research capacities across the globe.

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EGDRC and GCDTR Enrichment Seminar Series

Friday, June 30, 12pm - 1pm
Room 4001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Chris Ford and Dr. Ram Jagannathan, two of our newest post-doctoral fellows, discussed issues related to diabetes and obesity.

The INtegrating DEPrEssioN and Diabetes treatmENT (INDEPENDENT) study: Design and methods to address mental healthcare gaps in India

Kowalski AJ, Poongothai S, Chwastiak L, Hutcheson M, Tandon N, Khadgawat R, Sridhar GR, Aravind SR, Sosale B, Anjana RM, Rao D, Sagar R, Mehta N, Narayan KMV, Unutzer J, Katon W, Mohan V, Ali MK

The INDEPENDENT model aims to increase access to mental health care and improve depression and cardiometabolic disease outcomes among complex patients with diabetes by leveraging the care provided in diabetes clinics in India.

EGDRC and GCDTR Enrichment Seminar Series

Tuesday, June 20, 12pm - 1pm
Room 5001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Dianna Magliano discussed Diabetes epidemiology: the changing face of a global diabetes epidemic.

Mysteries of type 2 diabetes: the Indian Elephant meets the Chinese Dragon

Rhodes EC, Gujral UP, Narayan KM

China and India should consider establishing a diabetes research consortium to investigate the unique and emerging issues of importance in their countries, from novel risk factors to the pathophysiology of diabetes in Indian and Chinese populations.

Participation in a National Lifestyle Change Program is Associated with Improved Diabetes Control Outcomes

Jacksona SL, Staimez L, Safoa S, Longa Q, Rheea MK, Cunningham SA, Olsona DE, Tomoloa AM, Ramakrishnan U, Narayan KMV, Phillips LS

This research on the largest clinical lifestyle change program in the United States, the Veteran’s Health Administration’s MOVE! program, showed that implementing lifestyle change programs in U.S. health systems may improve health among the growing patient population with diabetes.

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Prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in 15 states of India: results from the ICMR–INDIAB population-based cross-sectional study

Anjana RM, Deepa M, Pradeepa R, Mahanta J, Narain K, Das HK, Adhikari P, Rao PV, Saboo B, Kumar A, Bhansali A, John M, Luaia R, Reang T, Ningombam S, Jampa L, Budnah RO, Elangovan N, Subashini R, Venkatesan U, Unnikrishnan R, Das AK, Madhu SV, Ali MK, Pandey A, Dhaliwal RS, Kaur T, Swaminathan S, Mohan V

This ongoing study recently found that India’s diabetes epidemic is shifting, with the disease becoming increasingly common among people from low socio-economic backgrounds living in urban areas of the more affluent states.

GCDTR Small Grant Awards Application Deadline: September 5, 2017

Faculty researchers from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Atlanta Veterans’ Affairs System are eligible to propose studies that align with GCDTR's Cores. Click on the link above for more information!

For all application and scientific questions, please contact: M’balu Oke, gcdtr@emory.edu.

May 2017

Rollins researcher receives $3.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study how childhood factors can impact adult function

Dr. Aryeh Stein (PI) will use the funding to examine the role that SES and childhood development can have on a person's cognitive and socio-emotional functioning in adulthood. This project is a global effort among partners in Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, South Africa, England and North Carolina, who are collaborating in the Consortium on Health Outcomes Research in Transitioning Societies (COHORTS).

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32nd Annual Clinical Conference on Diabetes

May 25 - 28, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida

Dr. Narayan delivered a keynote lecture on "Gaps in Diabetes Care" and a closing speech on "Diabetes - Closing the Gap" at the ADA's premier clinical diabetes meeting.

Global Health and Denmark – the past, present and future

Friday, May 19, 8:30am - 4:45pm
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Narayan delivered the keynote speech on "Global health - the unfinished business" at the Danish Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health's 50th anniversary symposium.

Exercise is Medicine®: A flexible global model for linking sports medicine to primary and community care

Dr. Karla Galaviz, post-doctoral fellow, and Dr. Adrian Hutbert, VP of Exercise is Medicine, explain their model for connecting sports medicine to primary and community care.

Obesity and Associated Comorbidities in People and Companion Animals: A One Health perspective

Dr. Solveig Cunningham co-authored this article reviewing similarities in obesity and diabetes risks among people and their pets.

April 2017

What it will take to defeat Diabetes: Redefining the Unacceptable

Emory Public Health Magazine features EGDRC's work in their Spring 2017 issue.

Lisa Staimez, left, and Mary Beth Weber, middle, are studying diabetes in India. Felipe Lobelo, right, is working to incorporate exercise into health care.

Border Crossing with Dr. Venkat Narayan, the doctor interested in everything

Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, and MBA, moves across disciplinary borders with the same fluidity with which he has traveled the world...

A National Effort to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Participant-Level Evaluation of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program

Dr. Mohammed Ali collaborated on this study to examine participant-level results from the first 4 years of implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a national effort to prevent type 2 diabetes in those at risk through structured lifestyle change programs.

Prevention of type 2 diabetes – From Science to National Implementation

Friday, April 28, 12pm

Healthcare Providers heard about up to date information regarding the status and opportunities related to diabetes prevention.

EmoryWire Alumni Spotlight: Kaleigh Emerson, 10PH

Former EGDRC student research associate Kaleigh Emerson, VP and Communications for the Dallas/Fort Worth Emory Alumni Chapter, worked on the South Asian Health and Prevention Education (SHAPE) study to create a culturally-appropriate nutrition and physical activity program for South Asians in Atlanta.

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Diabetes Translation Research Symposium

Friday, April 21, 2pm - 4pm
Room 1000, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Many joined us to learn about newly funded pilot studies and how the Georgia Diabetes Center for Diabetes Translation Research is expanding opportunities for diabetes translation research in Georgia.

Cultural and Social Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: A Multinational Urban Study

Wednesday, April 19, 12pm
Room 1000, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. David Napier, a Professor of Anthropology at the University College London, spoke at this Seminar Series.

Preventing Disability: The Influence Of Modifiable Risk Factors On State And National Disability Prevalence

Using data for 2013 from the BRFSS, Mehta et. al. estimated the percentages of national and state disability that could be prevented through reductions in five modifiable health risk factors associated with disability: cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

Singapore General Hospital 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting: “Research for Better Patient Outcomes”

Friday - Saturday, April 7 -8

Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan spoke on the topic of "A Research-Driven Framework for Improving Outcomes for People with Diabetes in Singapore" as this event's plenary speaker.

Cardiometabolic Abnormalities Among Normal-Weight Persons From Five Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Two Cohort Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellow Unjali Gujral's study was featured in multiple press outlets:

March 2017

Crossroads to Health: Migration, assimilation, and health among refugee families

Tuesday, March 28, 12pm
Room 2001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

In this Maternal and Child Health Faculty Pilot Grant Seminar, Dr. Solveig Cunningham and co-presenter Rebecca Jones presented their formative research, which engaged 51 refugee families living in the Atlanta area.

Epidemiology Grand Rounds: Mysteries of Type 2 Diabetes in Developing Countries

Friday, March 24, 12pm
Room 1000, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan will deliver this month's Grand Rounds lecture. CME/CEU’s will be provided and pizza will be served!

Genetic and Lifestyle Risk Factors in the Development of Obesity

Friday, March 10, 12pm
Room 6001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Ahmad, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed his research around obesity.

Non-communicable disease syndemics: poverty, depression, and diabetes among low-income populations

Mendenhall E, Kohrt BA, Norris SA, Ndetei D, Prabhakaran D

This Series paper examines the application of syndemic theory to comorbidities and multimorbidities in low-income and middle-income countries.

Diabesity (Diabetes-Obesity) in Latinos: An Emerging Epidemic

Wednesday, March 1, 12pm
Room 1000, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD spoke on the topic of diabetes and obesity among Latinos in this special seminar presented by GCDTR and the Hubert Dept. of Global Health. View the recording here...

The EGDRC Newsletter: A Quarterly Update

Our inaugural March 2017 edition provides an update on EGDRC's latest activities, including new team members and a new seminar series collaboration with GCDTR.

February 2017

The Evidence for and Barriers to Promoting Healthier Lifestyles

Wednesday, February 15, 12pm
Room 1000, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Ali used diabetes as an example to summarize the evidence on healthy lifestyle change. View the recording here...

Fruits, veggies as high-value crops

Dr. Shweta Khandelwal, a former Emory and Public Health Foundation of India NIH Fogarty Fellow, wrote her 16th editorial piece in the Deccan Herald promoting fruits and vegetables as high-value crops.

Dr. Staimez visits "Asian Indian Beta-Cells in Infants Study" site

Dr. Staimez (center front in pink) recently visited the "Asian Indian Beta-Cells in Infants Study (ABCs in Infants Study)" site. The ABCs in Infants study explores the biological hypothesis that maternal nutritional status during pregnancy is associated with poor insulin secretion in progeny. By understanding risk factors impacting early life trajectories of insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis, this study may provide new insight on how to reduce diabetes disparities among Asian Indian populations. The study is based in Belgaum, India, with close collaboration from Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran (PHFI) and Dr. Shweta Khandelwal (former EGDRC trainee, front in green) and her study team in the trial, "Effect of Docosa-hexaenoic acid (DHA) Supplementation during pregnancy on Newborn outcomes in India".

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Seminar Series: NCD Prevention Research in Low-resource Settings: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, February 10, 12-1pm
Room 6001, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

Dr. Habib Ahsan, MD, MMedSc, has over 25 years of experience in conducting multidisciplinary population and laboratory research and spoke at GCDTR's next Seminar Series.

Dietary, exercise, and substance use practices among adult with diabetes and depression: baseline results from INDEPENDENT study

Dr. Nida Shaikh recently spoke at DEBATE 2017 to share baseline results from the INDEPENDENT study.

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Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research: Kick-off Event

Wednesday, February 1, 2:30-6pm
Rita Anne Rollins Room, CNR, 1518 Clifton Road

EGDRC hosted the Kick-off event for the new Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research.

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January 2017

From immigrant health to disability law, faculty exchanges broaden perspectives

A demographer and sociologist who researches child and immigrant health, Dr. Cunningham had been working with refugee communities in Clarkston, GA, and was looking to develop a parallel project abroad when she applied for the Fulbright program at Emory...

Diabetes - The Essential Facts course

December 16 - January 16
Coursera (created by the University of Copenhagen)

"This free course is for anyone interested in diabetes and offers global perspectives on diabetes in the context of improved prevention and treatment. Furthermore, we will highlight the importance of risk factors other than obesity such as infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV but also low birth weight and malnutrition."

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The Wild Wild West of Quantified Healthcare: A Conference and Think Tank on mHealth Integration for Exercise is Medicine

Monday, December 5
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta

Felipe Lobelo (EGDRC) directs the Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center (EIM-GRCC), which held a think tank meeting and conference on mHealth integration for EIM.

Physicians try to find elusive links between diet and disease in Indians

This special feature was triggered from the recent PHFI led “National Consultation on Fruit and Vegetable Supply-Chain Policies and Programmes in India – Need for Action” LANSA report released last week by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Prof. Prabhakaran, Dr. Shweta Khandelwal, and consortium partners...

Hutcheson Selected for International Outreach Award by Emory's Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

Mark Hutcheson (EGDRC Managing Director) received the International Outreach Award: “Mark embodies Emory's spirit of ethical engagement, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching, and improving the lives of people globally"...

The mysteries of type 2 diabetes in developing countries

Dr. KM Venkat Narayan (EGDRC Director) was featured in the WHO Bulletin discussing how more research is needed in low- and middle-income countries where the epidemic of type 2 diabetes is on the rise...

November 2016

Seminar Series: The contribution of national registry data to public health research- Lessons from Denmark

Tuesday, November 29 1:30-2:30pm
Room 6001, CNR, Rollins School of Public Health

Jannie Nielsen, Timothy Lash, and Mette Lise Lousdal spoke at GCDTR's inaugural seminar in their new Seminar Series. Click here to view seminar

National Consultation on Strengthening Fruit and Vegetable Supply-Chain Policies and Programmes in India - Need for Action

The Public Health Foundation of India, in association with Emory Rollins School of Public Health and the University of Sydney Mezies Centre for Health Policy, conducted a study and an in-depth interviews panel on fruit and vegetable supply and NCDs in India...

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The Global Matrix 2.0: Report Card Grades on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth Comparing 38 Countries

This is a 38-country effort to evaluate how countries are doing in terms of providing physical activity opportunities for children and youth and is aimed at accelerating the dissemination of research through effective and strategic application of knowledge. Karla I. Galaviz (EGDRC) led the report card for Mexico while EGDRC's colleagues in India led the report card for India...

Action For Healthy Kids featured in Fall 2016 RSPH Dean's Letter

Dr. Lobelo (Assistant Professor of Global Health, EGDRC) was appointed to the Action For Healthy Kids board of directors and heads the Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center (EIM-GRCC)...

One Health Obesity Conference hosted by WSAVA and CDC

Dr. Cunningham (Assistant Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology, EGDRC) presented on obesity during this conference on obesity across species...

Parental Perception of Neighborhood Safety and Children's Physical Activity

Karla I. Galaviz et. al. published the results of their study which showed that parents’ perception of neighborhood safety for outside play can deter or promote children’s physical activity and use of recreational facilities. Additionally, children from less affluent families are less likely to use facilities than children from wealthy families, regardless of place of residence...

October 2016

Fostering Cross-Campus Collaboration at Yale on the Global Non-Communicable Disease Crisis Symposium

Thursday, October 27 11am
Horchow Hall, Yale University

The morning session consisted of a welcome and introduction to the organization, followed by talks from guest speaker Dr. Ann Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H., F.A.A.N. (Yale School of Nursing), and keynote speaker, Dr. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCP (Emory University)...

Stigma: Interdisciplinary perspective - A roundtable discussion

Wednesday, October 26 3-5pm
Klamon Room, 8th floor, Claudia Nance Rollins building

Although stigma long has been recognized as a widespread force motivating processes of social marginalization and disparity, in the case of mental health, it has proven remarkably difficult to ameliorate or prevent...

Dr. Venkat Narayan Elected to the National Academy of Medicine Class of 2016

“Dr. Narayan continues to further enhance his leadership position as an internationally renowned diabetes researcher. Election to the National Academy of Medicine highlights individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of health, and he is most deserving of this distinguished honor.”...

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The Stepwise Approach to Diabetes Prevention: Results From the D-CLIP Randomized Controlled Trial

Mary Beth Weber et. al. published the results of a diabetes prevention trial in India, which shows that lifestyle interventions and metformin work well for people with impaired glucose tolerance but not as well for people with impaired fasting glucose. This is the first trial to include all types of prediabetes...

Update: Weber et. al. was chosen as an ADA's "Editor's Pick" along with the ADA Presidential address! Click here for more.

Type 2 Diabetes: Why We Are Winning the Battle but Losing the War (Kelly West Award Lecture)

Gerald Reaven and K.M. Venkat Narayan debated on whether diabetes in thin people in LMICs is of a different pathophysiology. Click here for Reaven's comment and here for Venkat's response.

Challenges for the 21st Century: Convergence of Demography, Economics, Environment, and Biology

The rapidly changing and inter-dependent world due to the mega-forces of globalization present unique challenges and opportunities for public health. Professor K.M. Venkat Narayan will address the contemporary challenges to public health...

The Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy (PH-LEADER) for Non-Communicable Diseases

Low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMICs) are experiencing a growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and confront challenges of leadership, lack of local data and evidence, and gaps in implementation of successful interventions. To address these challenges, we designed an interdisciplinary training program, the Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy (PH-LEADER) for NCDs...

Rollins professor appointed to Action for Healthy Kids board

Associate Professor Felipe Lobelo in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health was recently appointed to the Action For Healthy Kids Board of Directors...

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