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Overview

A report by the National Center for Health Statistics found that among the top five leading causes of death, diabetes ranked fifth for both African Americans and Latinos and fourth for Native Americans, but did not rank among the top five for whites.15 Indeed, diabetes affects Mexican American and African Americans at a rate nearly twice that in the white population, and the rates are even higher for Native Americans.16 The 2000 death rate from diabetes was 47.8 for black males per 100,000 and 50.4 for black females, a rate over 50 percent higher than the respective 25.8 and 20.6 death rate for their white counterparts.9

Objectives

  • • To Promote intellectual exchange, generate innovative inter - and multi-disciplinary research

  • • To Facilitate the movement of scientific advances across the translational research spectrum

  • • To Develop in collaboration with the DCC additional multi-site research projects across disciplines that will capitalize on emerging technologic advances and unique resources

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Cluster Membership

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Scientific Leadership

Arshad Khan, PhD

University of Texas at El Paso

Patience Obih, PhD

Xavier University of Louisiana

Rajan Singh, PhD

Charles Drew University



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