Volume 08 | May 2020
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the May 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.
Meet Our MDiabetes Leaders
Rodica Busui, MD, PhD, Associate Director of MDiabetes for Clinical Research, Mentoring and Development
As the Associate Director of MDiabetes for Clinical Research, Mentoring and Development, Dr. Busui oversees the MDiabetes Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program, a program to support the growth of early-stage scholars focused on clinical research and advancement of a strong group of successful clinical investigators relevant to diabetes. Dr. Busui is also in charge of enhancing the diabetes-related clinical research at Michigan Medicine and was instrumental in establishing and bringing the North American Steno Fellowships, a transatlantic collaboration in clinical/health outcomes diabetes research, to U of M. More information on this new opportunity will be coming soon.

Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, Associate Director of MDiabetes for Informatics and Clinical Research Innovation
As the Associate Director of MDiabetes for Informatics and Clinical Research Innovation, Dr. Lee supports health IT and data repositories in an effort to understand how data can be used to solve healthcare problems. Dr. Lee is currently laying the groundwork to provide data curation for diabetes and metabolism cohorts and is collaborating with departments and centers like Precision Health and MNORC .

Scott Soleimanpour, MD, Associate Director of MDiabetes for Type 1 Diabetes Basic Research and Enrichment Programs
As the Associate Director of MDiabetes for Type 1 Diabetes Basic Research and Enrichment Programs, Dr. Soleimanpour will lead the recruitment of talented basic researchers to the University and collaborate with the MDRC Islet Core  and the JDRF Center of Excellence (which he also co-directs). Dr. Soleimanpour is also charged with coordinating and boosting enrichment programs through MDiabetes. As a physician-scientist, endocrinologist, and type 1 diabetic himself, Dr. Soleimanpour is deeply committed to basic research, clinical care, and training to improve outcomes for patients with all forms of diabetes.

We’d like to take a moment to thank Dr. Busui, Dr. Lee and Dr. Soleimanpour for their dedication to our patients. They have been tirelessly working to treat patients with diabetes and related complications, some with COVID-19, during this pandemic. We greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication. Your compassion, strength and devotion to our patients is inspirational. We are so proud to have you as part of our team and the University of Michigan family.

Thank You!
Clinical/Translational Research Scholars Program
Congratulations to Dr. Kara Mizokami-Stout on being selected as the 2020 Clinical Translational Research Scholars Program (CTRSP) awardee. Dr. Mizokami-Stout's application set her apart as a promising early career clinical scientist at the University of Michigan. The CTRSP seeks to identify and support the most promising early-stage scholars focused on clinical research relevant to diabetes. The program provides 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 also provides strong mentoring regarding research and career advancement.
Congratulations to 2019 CTRSP Scholar Brian Schmidt, DPM, on being elected Chair of the Biorepository for the NIDDK Diabetes Foot Consortium.

This year's JDRF Virtual Gala will honor Dr. Thomas Gardner and the University of Michigan's JDRF Funded Research Team. Activities will include live presentations, special guests, silent and live auction items, an incredible raffle opportunity and chance to directly fund T1D research through Fund A Cure.
An Important Message From Drs. Gardner and Myers Regarding JDRF

We know that resources are tight across the board for everyone right now. However, non-profits have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. We are writing to encourage participation from as many of you as possible at the virtual gala that our local JDRF chapter will be hosting the evening of Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.. As you may have heard, JDRF has taken a significant hit in their fundraising because events and walks around the country have been cancelled or postponed due to the corona virus. JDRF has made severe cuts internally, reducing their staff and other expenses, to be able to meet their commitments to support important diabetes research. They really need our help now more than ever. More
Research Resources During COVID-19
In The News

Researchers have unveiled the precise shape of a key player in human metabolism, which could open the door to better treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders.

Save the Date
For a full list of events go to the MDiabetes Calendar of Events
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Funding Opportunities
MDiabetes COVID-19 and Metabolic Disease Grant Program

Application Due Date: Rolling, beginning April 6, 2020
Funding: Rolling
To understand and begin to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on those with diabetes and related disorders, MDiabetes and its partner centers (the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR), and the Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC)) request applications to address the impact of COVID-19 on and improve the care of those with diabetes and related disorders. These applications can address issues with COVID-19 patients or issues with non-infected individuals who are impacted by the disruption to healthcare delivery and life in general.

Notice of Specialist Interest (NOSI): Availability of Funds for Competitive Revision Applications to Conduct Research with a Focus in Chronic Disease and the Reduction of Health Disparities Within the Mission of NIDDK (R01, U01, U24, P30, U54)
Deadline: May 14, 2020
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Urgent Competitive Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within the Mission of NIDDK
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements to Diversify the NIDDK Clinical Trial Workforce
Deadline: July 1, 2020
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements to NIDDK STEP-UP Centers for Increased Outreach
Deadline: July 1, 2020
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
2020 DiaComp Pilot & Feasibility Program
Deadline: June 10, 2020
For additional funding opportunities visit MDiabetes Funding Opportunities
Visit the Michigan Medical School Competition Space for more funding opportunities at the Medical School
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 .

About MDiabetes

The University of Michigan has outstanding clinicians and researchers in diabetes, metabolic disorders, and their complications. MDiabetes 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.
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