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‘Science Life’ Features Dr. Arshiya Baig’s Little Village Town Hall Meeting for the Picture Good Health Program

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December 2013 – University of Chicago blog Science Life published an article about the town hall meeting Dr. Arshiya Baig and her community partners held in Little Village in early November to discuss the main findings from her pilot project Picture Good Health.

Click here to read more about the town hall meeting that took place.
Click here to read the Science Life post entitled “A Commitment to Fight Diabetes in Little Village”.

CCDTR Investigators Todd Doyle and Sue Penckofer find Vitamin D Decreases Pain in Women with Type 2 Diabetes & Depression

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November 2013 – A study conducted at Loyola University Chicago found that Vitamin D decreases pain in women with type 2 diabetes and depression. CCDTR investigator Dr. Todd Doyle was lead author for the study and CCDTR investigator Dr. Sue Penckofer served as a co-author for the study as well as PI for the larger project. For more information about the study, click here.

South Side Diabetes Project’s 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Is A Big Success!

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November 2013 – In observance of National Diabetes Month, the Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project (aka the South Side Diabetes Project) hosted its 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at the Washburne Culinary Institute. The cook off was an opportunity for ordinary cooks to compete and share their best diabetes-friendly, healthy recipe and to demonstrate that healthy, diabetes-friendly food can be delicious, affordable, and enjoyed by the entire family. Recipes in four categories, side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack, were judged for a grand prize of $500 cash and many other great prizes! Congratulations to Jacolby Williams, our winner, and a special thank you to the panel of judges and all who attended.

The University of Chicago Medicine’s President Sharon O’Keefe, who served as one of the judges during the cook off, said, “This is a wonderful community event. The South Side Diabetes Project is an important part of our efforts to partner with community organizations to promote diabetes education and encourage healthy lifestyles.”


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NEW Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library Hosts Open House for World Diabetes Day

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November 14, 2013 – The University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center, one of the CCDTR’s collaborators, hosted an open house at the new Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library from 11am-2pm today, in recognition of World Diabetes Day. The event took place in the Endocrine Clinic on the Fifth Floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM). There were free snacks, giveaways, and a cookbook raffle.

The Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library will be open to DCAM guests, patients, nurses, staff and faculty to access resources for people living with diabetes or who have loved ones with diabetes.

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Researchers including CCDTR investigator Andrew Davis find three-target risk control in an RCT eliminated survival disparities in patients with initially poor control

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October 2013 – A team of investigators including CCDTR investigator Dr. Andy Davis found that in a randomized controlled trial (RCT), significant race/ethnic differences in cardiac risk profiles that persisted during follow-up did not result in significant differences in 5-year death or death/MI/stroke. The findings were published in The American Journal of Cardiology. The article can be accessed here.

CCDTR Request for Applications: Pilot and Feasibility Grants Program

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October 9, 2013 – We are delighted to announce the third request for applications (RFA) for the Pilot & Feasibility Grants Program of the NIH/NIDDK-sponsored Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research.

Eligible candidates must be members or affiliate members of the CCDTR. For information about becoming a member or affiliate, or for general questions about this grant announcement, please contact Dr. Monica Peek directly using the contact information provided in the RFA.

The application deadline is November 7, 5pm Central Time. Please see the RFA and the PHS 398 form for information regarding required sections for submission (Sections 4 and 5).

Dr. Michael Quinn wins award for South Side Diabetes research abstract poster at 2013 Midwest SGIM Meeting

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September 16, 2013 – On September 12 and 13, CCDTR investigators attended the annual Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. At the meeting, Dr. Michael Quinn presented and won an award for a poster about the South Side Diabetes project entitled “Facilitating Patient Behavior Change: Training in Brief Behavioral Counseling Skills for Providers on Chicago’s South Side.”

During the meeting, Dr. Milda Saunders presented her research during the opening plenary session on Thursday. Drs. Marshall Chin and Elbert Huang served on a panel that discussed accountable care during the plenary session on Friday. Yue Gao, Katie Gunter, Debra Maltby, and Dr. Neda Laiteerapong gave oral presentations about their research on Friday.

Workshops led by CCDTR investigators included a workshop about effective communication as a leader in internal medicine led by Dr. Deborah Burnet, a workshop about the roadmap to reduce disparities led by The Findings Answers team, and a workshop about the CMMI-awarded Comprehensive Care Physician program led by Drs. David Meltzer and Lisa Vinci.

Friday afternoon, Aviva Nathan, Robert Nocon, and Dr. Michael Quinn presented their research at the closing poster session.


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South Side Diabetes Cook-Off Competition Encourages Community Involvement

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September 6, 2013 – Diabetes affects millions of Americans in the U.S., particularly racial/ethnic minorities and those living in low-income communities. CCDTR researchers Drs. Monica Peek and Marshall Chin are working to increase diabetes awareness, reduce diabetes disparities, and empower Chicago’s south side community to use its knowledge and resources to combat diabetes through the project Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago (aka the South Side Diabetes Project).

In observance of National Diabetes Month, The South Side Diabetes Project announces its 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest. The cook off is an opportunity for ordinary cooks to compete and share their best diabetes friendly, healthy recipe and to demonstrate that healthy, diabetes-friendly food can be delicious, affordable, and enjoyed by the entire family.

Recipes in four categories: side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack will be judged for a grand prize of $500 cash and many other great prizes! Cooks can enter online at Improving Diabetes Care on Facebook or email Entry deadline is Friday, November 1, 2013. The University of Chicago’s President Sharon O’Keefe, Certified Diabetes Educator Marla Solomon, Professional Chef Brian X and many more will serve as panel judges. To determine the12 semi-finalists, our team will choose the healthiest recipes according to the requirement–guidelines between November 2nd – 7th, 2013.  The semi-finalists will be notified by November 9th and will be assigned to Washburne culinary coaches that will help them with their recipes and final plate presentation. The semi-finalists will then present their recipes to a panel of culinary and health experts at the Diabetes Cook-Off Contest on Saturday, November 16th at the Washburne Culinary Institute located at 740 West 63rd St, Building U, on the south side of Chicago. All recipe ingredients will be supplied by Save-A-Lot Food Stores.

 Anyone can enter! If you know you can cook and have a great tasting, healthy recipe…now is your time to shine! Amateur cooks compete on the south side of Chicago for cash and prizes!

Tonya S. Roberson, MPH
Project Manager
Section of General Internal Medicine
University of Chicago
Phone (773) 702-2657
Fax (773) 834-2238

Power Up: A Home Run Hit!

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August 26, 2013 – Power Up All Stars has showcased five successful runs at the White Sox U.S. Cellular Park. Patrons, especially children, are thrilled to join in physical activity stations located on levels 100 and 500 during the game. One parent stated, “I am happy this is here while the game is going on.” Activity stations include Jumping Jacks, Hula Hoop, Hopscotch and Dance Party where the Sox’s own Southpaw danced a step or two. On Sunday, August 25, 2013, Dr. Deborah Burnet, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, hosted the final Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the Chicago White Sox by throwing out the first pitch! To read more about that event and to see photos from game day, click here.

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