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    Diabetes Research Study

    Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease and approximately 40% of individuals with diabetes develop diabetic kidney disease. Diabetic kidney disease is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease in the U.S. and the world, yet there are no specific therapies to prevent or halt the progression of this disorder. The Diabetes Research Study seeks to learn more about the factors in blood in patients with diabetes and diabetic kidney disease to help improve the health and outcomes of these patients.

    This study is a joint collaboration between the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Stanford University, funded by the Stanford Office of Community Health.

    Information from this study may inform future research and identify factors that may predict outcomes and responses to therapy among people with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and diabetic kidney disease.

    For more information on the study:

    Study Team

    Principal Investigators:

    Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS
    Dr. Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, is an Associate Investigator at the PAMF Research Institute, an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University, and Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSF. Dr. Palaniappan’s research interests include racial and ethnic differences in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and their complications. She is the lead investigator for the Pan Asian Cohort Study (PACS) at PAMF, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Palaniappan is a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Research Study.

    Vivek Bhalla, MD
    Dr. Vivek Bhalla, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at Stanford University and a Consulting Investigator at the PAMF Research Institute. Dr. Bhalla’s research interests are in the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease and salt-sensitive hypertension. Dr. Bhalla has received National Institutes of Health-funded grants for this work. He also directs a specialty clinic on diabetic nephropathy at Stanford University. Dr. Bhalla is a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Research Study.

    Study Recruitment:

    Elsie Wang, MS
    Elsie Wang, MS, is a Research Associate in the Health Policy Research department at the PAMF Research Institute. At the PAMF Research Institute, Ms. Wang has been involved in several research projects, including the Pan Asian Cohort Study. Ms. Wang is involved in Study Recruitment and is a Research Study Coordinator for the Diabetes Research Study.

    Kristen Azar, RN, MSN/MPH
    Kristen Azar, RN, MSN/MPH is a Project Coordinator in the Health Policy Research department at the PAMF Research Institute. At the PAMF Research Institute, Ms. Azar works on various projects and is involved in the Pan Asian Cohort Study. Additionally, Ms. Azar devotes a portion of her time to clinical work in Internal Medicine at PAMF, as the clinic nurse for the South Asian Consult Service (PRANA) clinic with Dr. Latha Palaniappan. Ms. Azar is involved in Study Recruitment and is a Research Study Coordinator for the Diabetes Research Study.

    PAMF Laboratory:

    Laura Parnas, PhD
    Dr. Laura Parnas, PhD, is the Associate Medical Director of Laboratory Services at PAMF. Dr. Parnas oversees the logistics of sample collection and laboratory support for the Diabetes Research Study.

    Allison Nomura, CLS, MLS (ASCP)CMP
    Allison Nomura, CLS, MLS (ASCP)CMP is the Quality Assurance/Compliance Specialist for the PAMF Laboratory. Ms. Nomura provides laboratory support for the Diabetes Research Study.
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    Study Progress

    February 2012 - 128
    March 2012 - 184
    April 2012 - 239
    Participant recruitment for the study has concluded.
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    Abstracts & Publications

    Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Prevalence of Proteinuric and Nonproteinuric Diabetic Kidney Disease. Bhalla V, Zhao B, Azar KM, Wang EJ, Choi S, Wong EC, Fortmann SP, Palaniappan LP. Diabetes Care. 2012 Dec 13.
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