New Study Opportunities

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We are continuing to recruit for two trials on type 1 diabetes that have made a successful transition to remote visits. These are studies where we partner with a USC occupational therapy research team lead by Dr. Beth Pyatak. Most of our patients with type 1 diabetes who are between ages 18 - 75 will qualify for the FEEL-T1D study and our young adults between 18 - 30 with an A1c of 7.5% or higher can qualify for the REAL-T study. We are also initiating recruitment of individuals who are 18 years of age or older with type 1 or 2 diabetes for a diabetic retinopathy research study being conducted at the USC Roski Eye Institute. Please look at the details below to see if you are interested in participating.

Occupational Therapy Trials


Many of our type 1 patients will qualify for the FEEL-T1D trial and this can be an introduction to clinical research. This is a two-week observational study for adults aged 18-75 with T1D where the purpose is to improve the understanding of the connection between blood glucose, well-being, and functioning to help improve future diabetes treatments.

We will ship you a blinded continuous glucose monitor (you may also continue wearing your own CGM), accelerometer and a smart phone. Six times a day, participants will also be asked brief questions and perform visual tests on the study phone. The study meetings and device training will all be held through Zoom and participants will be compensated for their participation.


If you are interested contact:
Mark Harmel, MPH, CDCES



We are also recruiting for a study of young adults with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 18-30 with an A1C of 7.5% or higher. This is a 12-month telehealth behavioral intervention that will be performed by USC occupational therapists to test a program designed to help young adults with type 1 deal with the everyday hassles and problems they experience in managing their diabetes.

All the meetings will take place online and an A1C test kit will be mailed. Participants will be compensated for these visits.


Half of the people in the study will be chosen at random to meet with an occupational therapist (OT) over 6 months using telehealth. What is an OT? Think of them like a diabetes coach, who helps young adults manage diabetes and deal with everyday hassles related to having diabetes. You will connect through videoconferencing to talk through your challenges and goals related to your diabetes care. The other participants will be followed over time to see how they do without the intervention.

You can visit chan.usc.edu/real to learn more and sign up, or you can contact Mark Harmel.

Our patients may also be interested in a study on diabetic retinopathy that is being conducted at the USC Roski Eye Institute. Candidates for the trial are people with Type 1 or 2 diabetes, at least 18 years of age, with or without diagnosis of eye disease. Additionally, non-diabetic people 40 years of age or older without diagnosis of any eye disease are also recruited to participate.

For more information contact Mansour Rahimi, MD at 323-442-0156, mansourr@usc.edu or view more detail on the flyer.


Rare and Atypical Diabetes Study

As a diabetes specialty clinic, patients either come to us or are referred to our clinic with cases that don't fit neatly into the normal buckets of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Many of these cases are simply unusual to providers who are not specialists, but at times there are patients who present with “rare and atypical diabetes” features that are also new to us and the diabetes community. When we identify one of the rare cases (which means, in part, that the person does not have any diabetes antibodies and seems to be neither typical type 1 or type 2 diabetes), we can now refer patients to the NIDDK supported RADIENT trial with one of the study sites led by our friend and colleague John B. Buse, MD, PhD at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

If you know someone outside of Los Angeles who believe that they have a rare and atypical diabetes you can send them to atypicaldiabetesnetwork.org to see if they qualify or contact Dr. Buse at jbuse@med.unc.edu or the study coordinator Rachel Fraser at rachael_fraser@med.unc.edu, 984-974-3011.

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