Volume 1, Issue 5 | November 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the November 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.
$14 Million Push for Type 1 Diabetes Breakthroughs: New JDRF Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan
Collaboration to accelerate research to cure type 1 diabetes and improve lives.

Read the full press release here.
National Diabetes Awareness Month 2020
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when many organizations, communities and individuals work to bring attention to diabetes. Here is a sampling of some of this year's campaigns. The NIDDK is focusing on taking care of youth who have diabetes. Learn more about their efforts at NIDDK.

JDRF is celebrating the “Power of Us.” Founded by two moms in 1970, JDRF celebrates 50 years and takes a look at the power of their community and reminding each other of how far they’ve come in the fight to cure T1D. Learn more at JDRF.

The American Diabetes Association is promoting “We Stand Greater Than.” Right now, things are difficult for people living with diabetes. Learn more at the ADA on how they stand greater than diabetes.

November 14, 2020 was World Diabetes Day. This year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on promoting the role of nurses in the prevention and management of diabetes. Learn more at WorldDiabetesDay.org

Recently, our experts in diabetes, obesity, metabolism and related complications discussed diabetes care and research in the era of COVID-19 during November's Well Aware Series.

Topics included "Leveraging Technology and
Health Informatics to Support Diabetes Care and Research," "Weight Gain in the Time of COVID," "COVID-19 and Diabetes" and "Does COVID-19 cause diabetes?"

If you missed the presentation it will be available to view here.
JDRF One Walk On Wheels a Big Success
Despite the rain and challenging circumstances of 2020, we had a great turn out for this year's JDRF One Walk On Wheels. So many participants from the University of Michigan came out to show their support and take part in the parade. Thank you to everyone who supported this event - whether you came out for the parade, donated, or were a team captain, we greatly appreciate all of you!

Together, UM raised over $15,000 for JDRF.

Check out more photos of the parade here.
Faculty Honors
Congratulations to Kanakadurga Singer, MD, who has been designated as the inaugural Valerie Castle Opipari, MD Professor at Michigan Medicine.

Dr. Singer is an Emerging Taubman Scholar whose research focuses on understanding the impact and implications of diet induced obesity on the immune system.

Learn more about Dr. Singer's research and the Opipari Professorship at the Taubman Institute.
Congratulations to Leslie Satin, PhD, who was appointed as the inaugural Joanne I. Moore Research Professor of Pharmacology.

This new professorship recognizes and honors Dr. Moore's lifelong commitment to teaching pharmacology to medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and allied health students, as well as to medical residents and postdoctoral fellows.

Learn more at the Department of Pharmacy.
Highlighted Publication
Discovering the Molecular Processes in Kidney Cells That Attract and Feed COVID-19

What about the kidneys make them a hotspot for COVID-19’s cytokine storm? A research team says it’s the presence of a protein found on specialized renal transport cells.

In The News
African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Kidney Disease at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization

Study reveals need for targeted efforts to reduce health disparities.

Diana Wyenn's "Blood/Sugar"
November 21, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Theatrical artist Diana Wyenn, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in early adulthood, masterfully weaves multimedia, historical perspective, sobering health statistics, personal narrative, Shakespearean texts, and original movement to express the complexities of living with a chronic illness. 

Save the Date
For a full list of events go to the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute Calendar of Events
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Funding Opportunities
URM Grant Program 2021
Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Mini Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program
For additional funding opportunities visit the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute Funding Opportunities
Visit the Michigan Medical School Competition Space for more funding opportunities at the Medical School
Employment Opportunities
Postdoc in Type 1 Diabetes Research
A fully-funded postdoctoral fellowship position is available in the Soleimanpour islet mitochondria laboratory. This position is supported by the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN).
Interested applicants please email Dr. Soleimanpour (ssol@umich.edu) your CV, cover letter and contact information for 3 references.
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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