Selected coordinating site
University of Helsinki (project submitted by Dr Qing Qiao, Dr Markku Peltonen, Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto and Dr Weiguo Gao)
Selected implementation sites
- National Institute of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, Hanoi (Vietnam) 
- The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (Pakistan) 
The aim of D-START is is to promote and facilitate the:
- Design and implementation of translational research projects on primary prevention of type 2 diabetes in Low and Middle income Countries (LMCs).
- Creation of an active and effective partnership between established researchers with expertise in primary prevention, paired with investigators working in LMCs and local Health Care authorities.
- Development of a critical number of trained researchers in LMCs who can continue working in the field of translational research activities after the BRIDGES grant is finished.
- Establishment of a long-standing partnership and scientific link between the research groups and LMCs.
- Implementation of research projects that will address the socioeconomic burden of diabetes and optimize the utilization of human and economic resources. A maximum of 2 implementation sites will be selected for this round of D-START and the maximum amount allocated per implementation site will be USD 250.000.
Inclusion criteria for implementation sites
- Being located in a Low and Middle income Country as defined by the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lend... ).
- Not have a similar study already implemented in the country.
- Have sufficient resources (human and infrastructure) available for the project.
- Have limited research experience and limited funding resources.
- Have the support (infrastructure, human and economic resources) and commitment of the local health authorities (local/regional/state/provincial healthcare institutions) to sustain and develop the project after the funding period.
Countries with limited research experience and who have limited funding resources aree favoured over those who have been regularly receiving local and foreign economic support.
Advisory Board Linda Siminerio (Chair BRIDGES Executive Committee) Juan Jose Gagliardino (Chair BRIDGES Review Committee) Ayesha Motala (Co Chair BRIDGES Review Committee) Qing Qiao Peter Bennett Jaakko Tuomilehto
"Lifestyle intervention eases battle with diabetes"  Asma Ahmed, Qing Qiao; Diabetes Voice, June 2014
BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme of the International Diabetes Federation , and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.