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BHCAIH will undertake original scientific and epidemiology (public health) research focusing on important American Indian health problems. The Center has received approximately $7.8 million in five NIH peer-reviewed grants in the last 28 months. The first grant constitutes a large, prospective study of cancer and associated dietary, lifestyle, and behavioral risk factors among a cohort of American Indians and Alaska Natives. BHCAIH is working with both the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes on this grant.

As one of the first seven grantees under the unique Native American Research Centers for Health initiative/partnership between NIH and the Indian Health Service, BHCAIH's second grant will examine Lakota Sioux attitudes toward biomedical research. This cross-sectional study will use a set of hypothetical research vignettes differing by one or more key factors (e.g., study type, benefits/risks, remuneration, PI, etc.).

Tribal college students, faculty, and staff on the three Lakota reservations in western South Dakota will be interviewed.

The Center's third grant is for a randomized clinical trial to prevent cardiovascular disease among American Indians with type II diabetes mellitus. This first-ever clinical trial among American Indians will endeavor to prevent heart disease through intensive risk factor management, well below even current guidelines for LDL cholesterol and mean blood pressure.

All three of these studies build on the excellent rapport that the Center maintains with its local American Indian tribes and communities, and the unique strengths of its investigative team. These and other similar research will translate into immediate and sustained benefits to American Indian peoples, tribes and communities. (50% Center activity)

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