Volume 04 | January 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the January 2020 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.
William and Delores Brehm Research Award in Type 1 Diabetes
MDiabetes and the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 awardees of the William and Delores Brehm Research Award in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Brehm T1D).

Congratulations to the following Brehm T1D Awardees:

Kara Mizokami-Stout, MD , Clinical Lecturer, Internal Medicine
"Hybrid closed loop adoption and patterns of use in veterans with type 1 diabetes mellitus"

Scott Soleimanpour, MD , Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
"Investigating structure-function relationships of disease variants encoded by the type 1 diabetes gene Clec16a"

Mehboob Hussain, MD , Professor, Internal Medicine and Lonnie Shea, PhD , Professor, Biomedical Engineering
"Next generation hESC-derived Beta-cell engineering"

The William and Delores Brehm Research Award in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Brehm T1D) was established to promote research in type 1 diabetes mellitus by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan. The goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.

Individuals who hold full-time instructional, research or clinical faculty positions at the University of Michigan were eligible to apply, submitting proposals in the areas of basic biomedical, clinical, behavioral, epidemiological, health services, or translational research, addressing key questions regarding the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and its complications.
Michigan Diabetes Research Center
Annual Diabetes Symposium 2020
All are invited to present a poster of your work in the area of diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Eight data blitz participants will be selected from submitted abstracts.  The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, February 19, 2020 . During the data blitz you are allowed to present up to two slides and you will be given two minutes for your presentation. You will be notified by Monday, March 2, 2020 if you have been selected to participate in the data blitz. Your two slides must be turned in by Monday, March 9, 2020. Data blitz participants will receive a gift card.
Poster session winners (one graduate student and one fellow) will be awarded a round trip flight to attend the University of California San Francisco's Diabetes & Obesity Retreat in November 2020. Runner-up winners will receive a gift card.
Graduate students and fellows are eligible to participate in the data blitz and receive poster awards.
If you would like to submit an abstract for the data blitz and/or poster session, please follow the guidelines found in the google form The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, February 19, 2020 .
If you would like to register for the Symposium only and do not wish to present a poster, please RSVP by Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Submit your abstract  and/or  register  for the Symposium by using the  google form  ( https://tinyurl.com/MDRCsymposium2020 )
Questions, please contact Sarah Cain
Phone: 734.763.2561
Email: cains@umich.edu   
Apply Now: 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 December, Bill and Dee Brehm recognized the 70th anniversary of Mrs. Brehm's type 1 diabetes diagnosis. To celebrate this milestone and the extraordinary life Dee has led while managing this difficult disease, a banner was created and signed by many of the people who are inspired and supported by the Brehms and their quest to find a cure.
In The News
BMI Over Time Beats Genetics in Predicting Future Obesity
Researchers are excited about the prospect of incorporating polygenic risk scores to predict obesity, but a new study finds genetics adds little to what’s already discovered in clinic.

Employment Opportunities
Assistant/Associate Professor - Tenure Track, Diabetes Research
Emory University
Tenure Track Position(s) in Metabolism
University of Utah
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.

Application Deadline is January 20, 2020

Funding Opportunities
Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR)
2020-21 Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
Beatson Foundation
2020 Passion to Find a Cure Grants
Frankel Innovation Initiative
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)  
For additional funding opportunities visit MDiabetes Funding Opportunities
Visit the Michigan Medical School Competition Space for more funding opportunities at the Medical School
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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 .