The iCARE (improving renal Complications in Adolescents with type 2 diabetes through REsearch) study is using a wholistic bio-psycho-social (BPS) approach to determine risk and protective factors for kidney disease in youth living with type 2 diabetes. Our overall goal is to help youth live well with diabetes long-term.  

Infographic of the iCARE study results
Patients and Families

Patient and Families

Tiktok video created by our PAG youth about living with Type 2 Diabetes and the results of iCARE research

Patients and families are why we do this work and are involved in our research project in many ways.  Some parents, youth and family members work with our research team to help make sure we are asking the right questions and doing the research in the best way we can.  Others are participants who help us gather data by coming to appointments and filling out questionnaires.  We so appreciate all the time and dedication from every child, parent, caregiver and family member who makes it possible to do this research. 


Our national group of participants (also called a cohort) is made up of people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before the age of 18 years old.  If you or someone you know might be interested in joining our study please contact or phone 204-789-3827.

Our Patient Advisory Group (PAG)

The iCARE Patient Advisory Group, or PAG for short, is a group of youth and adults who are passionate about type 2 diabetes. Our PAG helps us figure out what to research next as well as how to share information for people in healthcare and the community to understand more about the struggles of youth with this disease. The PAG meets every few months to give their feedback and ideas to the iCARE research team about what to study next and how to study it in a good way. Members of our PAG get compensation ($$) and connect with other youth and families affected by type 2 diabetes. You don't need to know about research to join. To try out a meeting or learn more contact Carrie Costello:

"The advisory group is really critical to ensure that mental health is a component throughout. They give us a lot of feedback about the measures that we use to help us decide which ones we should be using and what's appropriate."

Dr. Allison Dart (co-investigator for iCARE)

iCARE Newsletters

The iCARE research study creates a newsletter in order to share updates, recent findings, and other exciting news related to the study. Click the newsletter button to view our most recent version. 

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Our Team


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National iCARE sites

Research and Publications


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iCARE abstracts 2017