Volume 03 | December 2019
DIALOGUE
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the December 2019 issue of MDiabetes 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  MDiabetes@med.umich.edu  or call 734-764-4433.
Stefan S. Fajans Lecture in Diabetes
On November 22 nd Dr. Lori Sussel, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Basic and Translational Research at the Barbara Davis Center at the University of Colorado, gave the 11 th Annual Fajans Lecture in Diabetes. The topic of this year’s lecture was " Long Non-Coding RNAs As Mediators of Islet Function ."

This annual lecture is in honor of Stefan S. Fajans, MD and recognizes a renowned diabetes investigator and/or physician who has made significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Fajans was active professor emeritus of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes, and was recognized nationally and internationally as a distinguished endocrinologist and leader in the study and treatment of diabetes. He worked at the U-M Hospital from 1946 until shortly before his death. He rose to the rank of Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and was founding director of the NIH-funded Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center for many years, before becoming active professor emeritus in 1988.

Read more about Dr. Fajans here .
Animal Phenotyping Core is Moving
From the Animal Phenotyping Core:

We are excited to announce that in January 2020, the core laboratory will be relocating from Brehm to NCRC (buildings 20 and 26). As such, we are not accepting any more users until mid-January 2020 or when our move has been completed.  

If you have any time sensitive projects that might be interrupted because of the relocation, please feel free to contact either Nathan Qi ( nathanqi@med.umich.edu ) or Melanie Schmitt ( mlschmi@med.umich.edu ).

Click here for more details.

                 We appreciate your business and hope to see you next year!
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Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program
The MDiabetes Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program seeks to identify and support the most promising early-stage scholars focused on clinical research relevant to diabetes. MDiabetes Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program 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 MDiabetes Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program will also provide strong mentoring regarding research and career advancement. 

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2020.

In The News
Lower Risk of Type 1 Diabetes in Children Vaccinated Against ‘Stomach Flu’ Virus
A U-M study found that type 1 diabetes rates were one-third lower in children who received all doses of the rotavirus vaccine.

Massive Sequencing Study Links Rare DNA Alterations to Type 2 Diabetes
Scientists identify new genetic targets for disease research and potentially drug development.

Employment Opportunities
Assistant/Associate Professor - Tenure Track, Diabetes Research
Emory University
Tenure Track Position(s) in Metabolism
University of Utah
Research Associate/Postdoctoral Researcher
Michigan State University
Mentorship Opportunities
Seeking Students for the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity 2020

The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity was established to encourage medical students to consider a research career focused on diabetes or obesity. Students conduct research with an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity for 2-3 months in the summer between the first and second year, or between the second and third year, of medical school.

Seeking Mentors for the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity 2020

If you are an MDRC or MCDTR member at the University of Michigan and would like a medical student to work with you for 8-12 weeks this summer (2020), with funding provided by NIDDK, please email Sarah Cain at cains@umich.edu by Monday, December 16, 2019 and provide a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the project your intern would be working on.

Funding Opportunities
Notice of Special Interest: Small Business Development of Wearable Smart Devices for Continuous Monitoring of Circulating Nutrients, Metabolites and Hormones
Mechanisms Underlying the Contribution of Type 1 Diabetes Disease-associated Variants (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Limited Competition for the Closeout of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort Study (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18 Clinical Trial Required)
Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R34 Clinical Trial Required)  
The Physiology of the Weight Reduced State Clinical Trial Consortium (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)
The Physiology of the Weight Reduced State Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Limited Competition: Competitive Supplement to the Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
JDRF – Novel Therapeutic Strategies to Prevent or Delay Progression of Early Stage Diabetic Nephropathy ($600,000 award, letter of Intent deadline December 10
dkNET New Investigator Pilot Program in Bioinformatics 
Notice of Additional Receipt Date for PAR-18-925, Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18 Clinical Trial Required)
Notice of Additional Receipt Date for PAR-18-924, Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R34 Clinical Trial Required)
Administrative Supplements to Support Emerging Physician-Scientists to Develop Research Expertise in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (F31)
Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (F32)
Visit the Michigan Medical School Competition Space for more funding opportunities at the Medical School
December Events
For a full list of events go to the MDiabetes Calendar of Events
Email us to subscribe to the weekly MDiabetes Event Roundup email
Supporting MDiabetes
Gifts to MDiabetes 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. As you begin to think about your year-end giving please consider supporting MDiabetes: 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 .