My Diabetes Connect

Birmingham’s Guide

to local diabetes resources

add a resource get updates ask a question login

GRADE: a type 2 diabetes study


WHERE: UAB Nutrition Sciences, Webb Building, ( Map  )


UPDATED: 6.26.13

CONTACT: Dana Golson

205-996-4015 | email


Suggest Edits 

Do you have type 2 diabetes?

Join the GRADE study to help us find the best long-term treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Quick facts about the GRADE study:

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with 37 medical clinics including the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), is conducting a study to determine the best combination drug treatment for type 2 diabetes. People who join the study will all take metformin and be randomly (by chance) assigned to take one additional diabetes drug. The medicines and medication combinations used in GRADE are FDA‑approved and recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

What are we doing in the GRADE study?

Most people with diabetes need drugs to help control blood sugar. Metformin is the usual first-line drug treatment for diabetes. Eventually, most people treated with metformin need a second drug. The four potential second line treatments we are using in GRADE are recommended by the American Diabetes Association and FDA approved. It is not clear which of the four is best for controlling diabetes over the long term when combined with metformin. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The goal of the GRADE Study is to try to find the best long-term treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Can I be included in the GRADE study?

You may qualify to participate if you are:

-An adult with diabetes for less than 5 years

-Only taking metformin

-Willing to take a second diabetes drug

What does the GRADE study involve?

-4 visits a year at UAB’s Nutrition Sciences clinic

-Diabetes medications and supplies provided at no cost

-Diabetes care visits and lab tests provided at no cost

-Annual diabetes education

 Questions? What to learn more about GRADE?

Contact Dana Golson, UAB’s GRADE Study Coordinator at (205) 996-4015 or email her at

Meet the UAB GRADE study team:

Dr. Timothy Garvey,
UAB GRADE Study Principal Investigator

Dr. Andrea Cherrington
UAB GRADE Study Co-investigator









Dana Golson, RN
UAB GRADE Study Coordinator

April Agne, MPH
UAB GRADE Recruitment Coordinator









Armando Enriquez, Phlebotomist

Miriam Rueger, RN