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Did you know that an estimated 33 million people are living with diabetes in the United States?

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all cases of diabetes, and while it typically develops in adults over the age of 45, there are increasing numbers of children, teenagers, and young adults diagnosed each year.

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About the study

Roughly 38% of the adult population (96 million) in the United States have prediabetes. Having type 2 diabetes places one at risk for serious health issues and due to its overwhelming prevalence, we are all impacted by this disease.

Our team, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is undertaking an innovative and exciting study on persons with type 2 diabetes. We are developing a thoughtfully designed, ethically collected, and comprehensive dataset for researchers to use with the ultimate goal of identifying the root causes of type 2 diabetes so that treatments and prevention strategies can be successfully developed. Most importantly, we are focused on studying a diverse group of people from three geographic locations in the US - Alabama, California, and Washington. This study will be inclusive and diverse so that it might lead to important break-throughs in type 2 diabetes that will help everyone. We are also inviting people who do not have type 2 diabetes to participate in the study.

What can you do to help?

We have contacted you because we hope that you will help us in our endeavor to better understand type 2 diabetes

You may keep scrolling to find answers to frequently asked questions on whether you are eligible to participate, what would be expected of you as a participant, compensation, and more.

If you would like to participate in this important study or would like to request a study team person to call you to answer any questions you have, please use the personalized link given to you in your invitation letter or email to return to our study interface where you will be prompted for next steps.


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Meet the study team

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Cecilia Lee

Klorfine Family Endowed Chair Director of Clinical Research

Department of Ophthalmology

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

I serve as the Program Director of the overall AI-READI project and the Site PI of the University of Washington clinical site for the Data Module. My interests include 'Big Data' research involving electronic medical records and non-invasive imaging datasets in the retina. I am passionate about leveraging large datasets and next-generation computational approaches to better understand deep connections between the eyes and other critical systemic diseases.

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Cynthia Owsley

Nathan E. Miles Endowed Chair of Ophthalmology

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

I am MPI on the Data Acquisition Module since I have a great deal of experience in recruiting, enrolling, and supervising large sample studies of adults using detailed protocols, including variables such as vision, cognition and retinal imaging.

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Linda Zangwill

Richard K. Lansche and Tatiana A. Lansche Endowed Chair

Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology

University of California, San Diego

United States

I am a Professor at the Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology at UCSD conducting clinical and computational research focusing on glaucoma. I am co-PI with Dr. Sally Baxter on the Skills and Workforce Development Module and am also site PI (with Dr. Sally Baxter as co-PI) on the Data module.