NEW YORK, June 3 - The Translational Genomics Research Institute said today that it is partnering with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community and the city of Phoenix, Ariz., to study the genetic basis of diabetes.
According to TGen, Pima Indians are known to have a high rate of the disease.
In a ceremony at TGen's Phoenix headquarters yesterday, the Salt River Community and the city of Phoenix committed to provide $1 million a year to support the project for a five-year period.
"The Salt River community is proud to support TGen and its researchers who have made research on disorders disproportionately affecting Native Americans a priority," said Joni Ramos, president of the Salt River community. "Our hope is that their research into the genetic causes of diabetes will identify potentially fruitful avenues for treatment and cure."
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community is located on 53,600 acres of Maricopa County, Ariz., with a population of more than 7,000 enrolled community members.