Volume 02 | November 2019
DIALOGUE
Connecting the
Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and Complications Community
at Michigan

Welcome to the November 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.

" Go Blue " for World Diabetes Day

November is American Diabetes month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day , an annual observance marked all across the globe. The international “ Go Blue ” campaign encourages supporters to do just that for the occasion: Dress in blue and go blue at home by putting a blue bulb in your porch light or lighting a blue candle. Let it shine! “ Going Blue ” is something we UM people already know how to do well!

The Challenge. Nearly 1 in 2 American adults has diabetes or prediabetes.

84 million adults have prediabetes
90% of them are not aware of their risk for diabetes

Do you know if you are at-risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Take the ADA Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.
Find out your diabetes risk in just 60 seconds.

The JDRF and ADA provide helpful resources for you, your family and your patients to learn more about and to help better manage diabetes. Stay informed, get involved and GO BLUE !
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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. 

DiaComp Pilot and Feasibility Program Funding Awarded to Dr. Rodica Busui
Congratulations to Dr. Rodica Busui on receiving funding from DiaComp to support the Frontiers in Diabetes Complications Symposium. DiaComp is the Diabetic Complications Consortium supported by NIDDK.

The symposium will be held in the second half of 2020 at the University of Michigan and will be co-sponsored by MDiabetes, the Michigan Diabetes Research Center and the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research.

Learn more by reading the abstract here .

Paper Highlights " Programming Effects of Maternal and Gestational Obesity on Offspring Metabolism and Metabolic Inflammation”

The collaborative paper, published today in Nature Research's Scientific Reports , can be read here .
On October 11th, MDiabetes, the Michigan Diabetes Research Center and the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center, with support from Cayman Chemical, presented the Cellular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity Symposium.

The all-day symposium featured three keynote speakers: Dr. Philipp Scherer from the University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Doris Stoffers of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Rajat Singh from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Additional speakers from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University presented on topics related to cell biology, beta cell and metabolic signaling pathways, adipocyte biology and organ crosstalk.
JDRF One Walk
On September 15th Michigan Medicine faculty and staff, along with their friends and families, participated in the JDRF One Walk at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter. Held annually, the walk draws over 2500 participants from the area. Michigan Medicine is a corporate sponsor of the event and has been for many years. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of several department teams and coordination by MDiabetes, the Michigan Medicine team raised over $12,000 this year, in addition to the $15,000 in corporate sponsorship to help fund type 1 diabetes research through JDRF.

Thank you to everyone who participated and raised funds for this important cause!
ADA Tour de Cure
This year, for the first time, Michigan Medicine was a corporate sponsor of the ADA Tour de Cure. Held on September 8 th on Belle Isle in Detroit, participants could cycle, walk or run to help raise funds to support the American Diabetes Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of those affected by diabetes.

Michigan Medicine had two teams participate in this year’s event. Together they raised over $5,000 in addition to the $10,000 in corporate sponsorship. MDiabetes looks forward to continuing to support this event in the future.

Many thanks to all the dedicated participants!
In The News
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone AI
Pairing a smartphone to capture retinal images with artificial intelligence to interpret them may help overcome barriers to ophthalmic screening for the disease.

How Proinsulin Misfolding is a Prelude to Type 2 Diabetes
Michigan Medicine’s Arvan Lab reveals how proinsulin misfolding is a hallmark of prediabetes that can actually make the condition worse.

Employment Opportunities
Tenure Track Position(s) in Metabolism
University of Utah
Research Associate/Postdoctoral Researcher
Michigan State University
Funding Opportunities
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)
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award
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
Key November Events
Featured Event
Lori Sussel, PhD
"Long Non-Coding RNAs as Mediators of Islet Function"

Friday, November 22
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Eye Center Oliphant-Marshall Auditorium
Upcoming 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 .