Contact: The National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest (505) 863-0166 Prevention research is most effective when researchers and communities collaborate as mutual partners throughout the process - from beginning idea to project final evaluation.

The National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest is currently seeking abstracts about participatory research projects for presentation at a conference in Gallup that will be held September 12-14. The conference, entitled ""Working Together for Diabetes Prevention: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Participatory Research,"" will feature interactive workshops on the benefits and challenges of designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating effective community-based research projects.

Deadline for submitting conference abstracts is Friday, June 8.

More information is available at the NDPC Southwest website at http://hsc.unm.edu/ndpc or by contacting the National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest, 214 E. Nizhoni Blvd., Gallup, NM 87301, Attn: LaVern Mraz, E-mail: Lmraz@salud.unm.edu, Phone: 1-888-590-NDPC or (505) 863-0166.

The National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest, located in Gallup at 214 E. Nizhoni Blvd., serves as a diabetes prevention resource for local and national tribes. Funded through a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control, the Center is founded upon a partnership of the Pueblo of Zuni, the Navajo Nation, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Zuni-Ramah Indian Health Services, DinJ College, and the Prevention Research Center at the UNM Health Sciences Center.