Volume 1, Issue 4 | October 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the October 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.
Join the Caswell Diabetes Institute JDRF One Walk Team
JDRF is changing the One Walk format this year to the JDRF One Walk…On Wheels. The walk will be in a car parade format. We will drive our route instead of walking and all participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and represent their teams. If you can’t make it to the parade you can still participate as a “virtual walker.”

When: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Where: Concordia Campus in Ann Arbor. 
Time: 10:00 a.m. (arrival and registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)

Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles for the entire event, while on-site and for the duration of the car parade.
Please join us on the UM Caswell Diabetes Institute team. When you register and raise at least $25 you’ll get a UM Caswell Diabetes Institute (CDI) short sleeve t-shirt. Raise $30 for a long sleeve shirt. $50 raised will get you both shirts! You must be registered on a UM team to receive a shirt.

More than ever, we greatly appreciate your support and participation in this important event, whether in-person or virtually!
Brehm Tower 10-Year Anniversary
April 2020 marked the 10-year anniversary of the official opening of the Brehm Tower at the Kellogg Eye Center. Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Dee Brehm, the 230,000 square foot, 8-story building houses a number of Kellogg Eye Center clinic and lab facilities with two floors dedicated to Brehm scientists, in the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research.

The Brehms have had a tremendous impact on diabetes research and are committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, a disease Mrs. Brehm has battled since 1949 (learn more about their journey with diabetes here). They have provided incredible vision, leadership and support in the fight against diabetes.

Congratulations as we celebrate 10 years of collaboration and scientific advances in the Brehm Tower!
Michigan Medicine Participates in First Nationwide Network to Study Rare Forms of Diabetes
Michigan Medicine is participating in a nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health that will seek to discover the cause of several unusual forms of diabetes. For years, doctors and researchers have been stymied by cases of diabetes that differ from known types. Through research efforts at Michigan Medicine and 19 other U.S. research institutions, the study aims to discover new forms of diabetes, understand what makes them different, and identify their causes. More at Michigan Medicine News
Highlighted Publication

Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD, Masha G. Savelieff, PhD, Salim S. Hayek, MD, Subramaniam Pennathur, MD, Matthias Kretzler, MD, and Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD recently published a paper in the September issue of the American Diabetes Association publication Diabetes.

"...This perspective provides an overview of the clinical evidence on the poorer clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection in diabetes versus non-diabetes patients, including in specific patient populations, such as children, pregnant women, and racial minorities. It also draws parallels between COVID-19 and diabetes pathology, and suggests that preexisting complications or pathologies in diabetes patients might aggravate infection course. Finally, the perspective outlines the prospects for long-term sequelae after COVID-19 for vulnerable diabetes patient populations." More
In The News
How Diabetes and Obesity Affect the Brain

A physician-scientist explains his latest research in the area.

Employment Opportunity
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.
October Events
External Events
For a full list of events go to the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute Calendar of Events
Email us to subscribe to our weekly Event Roundup email
Funding Opportunities
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award Competition
Pre-proposal applications are being sought from physician scientists in their first faculty position conducting clinical research in any disease area. This year, Instructors are eligible to apply. Click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria.   
Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Mini Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program
HIRN Emerging Leaders in T1D (2020)
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Obesity Policy Evaluation Research (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
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
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.