Volume 1, Issue 6 | December 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the December 2020 issue of Dialogue! 

If you have news items or events of interest to the diabetes, obesity, metabolism and complications community at Michigan, please tell us. Also, we welcome all input and suggestions -- let us know what you think we should be doing. Email us at MichiganDiabetes@med.umich.edu or call 734-764-4433.
Seasons Greetings to You and Yours!
A warm thank you to all our friends and colleagues for your continued efforts, collaboration and support. 

May your holiday season and the new year be filled with good health, happiness and ongoing success!

From all of us at the Caswell Diabetes Institute
2021 Clinical Translational Research Scholar Program
The Caswell Diabetes Institute Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program (CTRSP) seeks to identify and support the most promising early-stage scholars focused on clinical research relevant to diabetes. The CTRSP will provide up to 50% salary support for up to 3 years, protecting this time from clinical care duties to allow successful clinical research scholarly activities. The CTRSP will also provide strong mentoring regarding research and career advancement. Learn more

Applications Due February 1, 2021

Employee Derails Diabetes with Free Program

We're in the midst of another holiday season. What better time to ask yourself if you’re one of three Americans living with prediabetes? You can assess your risk factors by taking a one-minute quiz and learn more about how one employee participated in the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Learn more at UHR News
CDI Seminar Series Video Replay Available
William T. Cefalu, MD
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH

"Diabetes Research: Perspectives, Research Gaps and What the Future May Hold?"

Video available here
Faculty Honors
American Association for the Advancement of Science
2020 Fellows
Congratulations to Dr. Carol Elias and Dr. Eva Feldman for being named 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows.

Dr. Elias, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UM Medical School was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of reproductive and metabolic physiology.
Dr. Feldman, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the UM Medical School, was recognized for distinguished contributions to neuroscience and neurology.

Staff Recognition
Congratulations to Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RDN, CDE, recipient of the 2020 Sally Joy Leadership Award. Robin is a Clinical Research Coordinator and Diabetes Research Educator in the UM Department of Learning Health Sciences.

The Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition (DPAC) presents the Sally Joy Leadership Award each year to someone in Michigan "who demonstrates exceptional leadership and passion for diabetes prevention and/or diabetes management."

Highlighted Publications
Congratulations to the Soleimanpour Lab team on their recent publication "Mitophagy Protects Beta Cells from Inflammatory Damage in Diabetes."

Read the article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight here.
A publication by Dr. Yu Kuei Lin, and colleagues, is currently highlighted in a Journal of the Endocrine Society special collection of articles focused on diabetes.

Read the publication "Alarm Settings of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems and Associations to Glucose Outcomes" here.
In The News
Societal Determinants of Health Drive Serious Diabetes Complications

Lowering blood sugar levels and shedding weight can help combat diabetes complications, but researchers say this “one size fit all” approach ignores other risk factors.

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Funding Opportunities
URM Grant Program 2021
Deadline Extended to January 15, 2021
Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. Foundation
2021 Passion to Find a Cure Grants Program
Deadline: February 17, 2021
Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp)
Pilot and Feasibility Program
Deadline: April 16, 2021
For additional funding opportunities visit the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute Funding Opportunities and the Michigan Medical School Competition Space
About the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute

The University of Michigan has outstanding clinicians and researchers in diabetes, metabolic disorders, and their complications. The Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute serves as the central hub to coordinate these programs. We work across disciplines and serve to integrate rigorous science with patient-centered clinical care to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure diabetes and related disorders.
Contact Us
Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute
300 North Ingalls Building, Room 1135
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5405


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Supporting the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute
Gifts to the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute are essential to our mission, to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research and to educate the next generation of leaders to be the best in medicine. Please consider supporting the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute: gifts can be made through multiple vehicles such as cash or securities, pledges, payroll deduct, etc. Our development partner, Andrea LaFave is happy to discuss and explore different options with you.

Please feel free to reach out to Andrea at (734) 763-6173 or at ajlafave@umich.edu.