Amlu Natesan, a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, will talk about her innovative research at the Building Healthy Communities Summit in Newport Beach on September 16 at 9 a.m. The Culturally Relevant Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes (CURE-D) pilot study was part of her JMP thesis work and was designed to find out if Bollywood dance can help South Asian women manage their type 2 diabetes. The study took place at the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, and was a collaboration between the Joint Medical Program and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. By the end of an eight-week Bollywood dance intervention, the study found a significant decrease in the HbA1c in women who participated in the Bollywood dance classes in comparison to women who engaged in their usual care. The results were subsequently published in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Journal.