Volume 2, Issue 1 | January 2021
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the January 2021 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.
CDI Spotlight - Informatics and Clinical Research Innovation
Data resources and services available to all University of Michigan researchers in diabetes, diabetic complications, obesity, and metabolism

The U-M Pediatrics and Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute (CDI) Data Repository helps researchers make the leap from data to insights. The data repository amasses local electronic health record data of Michigan Medicine patients since 2012. University of Michigan researchers may request de-identified or aggregate/summary-level data, limited/coded datasets, or full-PHI (identifiable) datasets for secondary analyses.

In partnership with the newly established Childhood Obesity Research Core (CORC) of the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC), researchers may request one-on-one consultation during any stage of their research. Complimentary services include data queries, design and development of customized provider- and patient-facing health IT tools such as Epic-integrated Smart-Sets and flowsheets, visual dashboards to better understand and interpret data, and consultation on study design, data availability, statistical methods, and IRB submissions/requirements.

CDI Employment Opportunity - Institute Managing Director

The Caswell Diabetes Institute is seeking a new Institute Managing Director. Dorene Markel, MS, MHSA has announced that she will be retiring as managing director of the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute and director of The Brehm Center. Beginning July 1, 2021, Dorene will begin her phased retirement and will effectively retire on June 30, 2022. During her phased retirement, she will assume the role of Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute (CDI) Director of Strategy and Special Projects. When you see Dorene, please be sure to thank her for all that she has done and continues to do for diabetes at Michigan!

If you know someone you believe would be a great fit for this position, please encourage them to apply
Center Spotlight
Established by the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2013, the Momentum Center aims to reduce, prevent, and ultimately end childhood obesity. Recognizing that many factors contribute to obesity trends, the center unites experts from varied disciplines to develop original, effective solutions. Their mission is to advance solutions to prevent and manage childhood obesity by catalyzing, innovating and translating cross-disciplinary research. The Momentum Center accomplishes its mission by:

Deadline Approaching:
2021 Clinical Translational Research Scholar Program

Applications Due February 1, 2021

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.
Diabetes Virtual Winter Camp: January 23 - February 13, 2021
Diabetes Virtual Winter Camp is a 4-week virtual research internship program that invites high school, college, graduate, and professional students worldwide interested in learning about biomedical research and academic medicine with a focus on diabetes research, education, and care. The program consists of 14 Zoom sessions that highlight current topics on diabetes research and treatment as well as an academic career path in medicine and science. The sessions are led by 11 renowned diabetes scientists and clinicians from reputable universities, who will share their exciting research programs.

This program is free to all registered attendees with a suggested donation. Contributions will be donated to the American Diabetes Association to support diabetes research, education, and care.

In The News
The American Diabetes Association Urges CDC to Give Equal Priority to People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes for COVID Vaccine Eligibility

Employment Opportunities
NIDDK Program Director for Diabetes Behavioral Science

If you are a clinical health psychologist with diabetes or diabetes relevant clinical/behavioral research experience and are seeking an exciting career opportunity, the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DDEM) of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the NIH has a position available for a for a program director (Health Science Administrator) for diabetes behavioral research. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. View the Job Announcement (PDF)
NIDDK Program Officials

The NIDDK is hiring program officials with expertise in translational research involving stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and human pathophysiology as it relates to Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases. 
Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer) 
Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer)  
Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientist Review Officer) 
Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer) 

For more information on any of these positions, contact: niddkdemjobopenings@mail.nih.gov 
Save the Date
Funding Opportunities
2021 dkNET New Investigator Pilot Program in Bioinformatics
Deadline: February 26, 2021
2021 MCDTR Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
Deadline: April 6, 2021
Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp)
Pilot and Feasibility Program
Deadline: April 16, 2021
RFA-DK-21-001: Biomarkers for Diabetic Foot Ulcers through the Diabetic Foot Consortium
Deadline: April 22, 2021
Pilot and Feasibility Studies to Facilitate the Use of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support to Improve Diabetes Care
Deadline: June 22, 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.