Every June thousands of physicians, researchers and educators head off to the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association to share ideas and hear the latest research on a myriad of topics in diabetes care. This year, attendees were treated to new data coming from the TID Exchange Clinic Registry.
The Exchange was founded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and has funded its partner the Jaeb Centerfor Health Research located in Tampa, Florida through a $26 million, three year grant. It seeks to integrate traditional research methodologies with advances in health information technology and social networking.
Composed of three integrated programs—a clinic-based registry, a BioBank (which is a centralized depository for biological samples which can be used for current and future research) and an on-line patient social community called Glu—the Trust brings together the insight of stakeholders from many diverse branches of the diabetes community.