Volume 1, Issue 3 | September 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the September 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.
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - Michigan Medicine
Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology Ranked #16 in the Nation
US News & World Report has ranked C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - Michigan Medicine #16 in the nation in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology. Rankings are determined by analyzing several factors, including management of diabetes, infection prevention, commitment to best practices, and clinical research.
First-Ever Research Network Tackles Diabetic Foot Complications
A Michigan Medicine team, led by Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD; Crystal Holmes, DPM, CWS; and Brian Schmidt, DPM, investigate biomarkers to improve how foot ulcers are treated and healed.

Dr. Eva Feldman, Alene Lipshaw, Dr. Stephanie Eid
Since 2000, the Rose C and Nathan L Milstein Family Foundation has supported diabetes research at Michigan Medicine. In 2019, the Milstein Family Emerging Scholar Fund was established. The endowment provides funding for a junior faculty member investigating diabetes in Dr. Eva Feldman’s laboratory. Stephanie Eid, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology, is the first recipient.

Join the Caswell Diabetes Institute JDRF One Walk Team
Michigan Medicine has been a very visible and engaged team partner in the JDRF One Walk event for many years. Several Michigan Medicine researchers receive critical funding from JDRF to perform Type 1 diabetes research and the work JDRF does supports life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. Please consider joining the UM Caswell Diabetes Institute team. Your support of this event will help JDRF continue its important mission.

UM is relaunching the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for eligible employees and their dependents in all U-M BCBSM and BCN health plans. The online program is offered in partnership with Omada Health and BCBSM and does not require any out of pocket costs. DPP’s goal is to prevent diabetes by focusing on sound nutrition, increased activity and regular monitoring to help participants achieve better health.

Participants will receive weekly education and a wireless scale, and have access to a professional health coach and a community of others who are also seeking to improve their health. To be eligible for the program, additional health requirements must be met. Health plan members can assess their eligibility at omadahealth.com/uofm starting September 1, 2020.
 Book: Diabetes Mellitus – Impact on Bone, Dental and Musculoskeletal Health
“Diabetes Mellitus – Impact on Bone, Dental and Musculoskeletal Health,” the inaugural volume of the Bones, Joints and Hormones book series was just published by Elsevier Inc. This book includes contributions from an international team of experts from various specialties including endocrinology, geriatrics, internal medicine, oral & maxillofacial surgery, periodontics & oral medicine, podiatry, rheumatology and surgery. MengHee Tan, the editor, and 5 other members from MEND (Eric Buras, Palak Choksi, Gregory Clines, Kara Mizokami-Stout and Brian Schmidt) contributed chapters to this book.

Available at Elsevier and Amazon
Paper: "Out-of-Pocket Spending for Insulin, Diabetes-Related Supplies, and Other Health Care Services Among Privately Insured US Patients With Type 1 Diabetes"
Kao-Ping Chua, MD, PhD and Joyce M. Lee, MD, MPH recently published a paper in JAMA Internal Medicine. Using national 2018 claims data, they estimated out-of-pocket spending for insulin and other health care services for privately insured patients with type 1 diabetes. More
In The News
Does High Blood Sugar Worsen COVID-19 Outcomes?

Preliminary observations of COVID-19 patients with diabetes inspired an algorithm for glucose monitoring that’s suspected to help combat the virus’ serious complications.

In Case You Missed It

A recording of the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies Mini Symposium: Complications of COVID-19 is available here.
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
Steno North American Fellowships is a transatlantic collaboration in clinical and health outcomes diabetes-related research, enhancing the synergies between the institutions for the benefit of people suffering from diabetes.

The partner institutions are Joslin Diabetes Center, University of Toronto, University of Michigan and the Steno Diabetes Centers in Denmark: Steno Diabetes Centre North JutlandSteno Diabetes Center AarhusSteno Diabetes Center OdenseSteno Diabetes Center Zealand or Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen.

The fellowship offers researchers, affiliated with one of the partnering institutions, the opportunity to dedicate from 3 months to 1.5 years to practice clinical and health outcomes diabetes-related research at one of the other transatlantic partner institutions mentioned above.

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)
Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (F32)
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.