Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by diabetes and obesity and their related complications. A myriad of factors contribute to these disparities, including genetics, environmental, behavioral, and social factors. This symposium will address issues related to racial disparities, including underlying genetic and metabolic contributors, while presenting evidence of disparate utilization and outcome benefits from clinical interventions. Finally, speakers will discuss policy and programmatic strategies to help reduce racial disparities in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

8:30am Genetic Basis for Disparities in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Ayo P Doumatey, PhD
9:00am Racial Differences in Skeletal Muscle, Adipose Tissue and Liver Glucose Metabolism
James P DeLany, PhD
9:30am Policy and Programmatic Strategies to Reduce Disparities in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Ken Resnicow, PhD