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Dr. Arshiya Baig to receive SGIM Midwest Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Community Service

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Dr. Arshiya Baig has been selected as the 2015 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Midwest Award winner for Advocacy and Community Service. Dr. Baig has worked on community-based participatory research projects to improve healthcare delivery to low-income, uninsured minority communities in partnership with faith-based organizations in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her main research interest is in the use of faith-based interventions to mitigate Latino diabetes disparities.  She has collaborated with churches and community groups in South Lawndale, Chicago, to test a church-based diabetes self-management program on diabetes control and management among Latinos. She has also led a survey of health centers in the Midwest assessing the services provided to Latino patients and provider knowledge of Latino culture.

Dr. Baig was selected from among many outstanding nominees by the SGIM Midwest Awards Selection Committee. She accepted the award at the annual Midwest SGIM regional meeting in Cleveland, OH.

CCDTR Request for Applications: Pilot & Feasibility Grants Program

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August 24, 2015 – We are delighted to announce the fourth 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. Arshiya Baig or Morgan Ealey using the contact information provided in the RFA.

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

Thank you for your support and interest!


Dr. Elbert Huang reflects on the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the Affordable Care Act

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June 26, 2015 – Yesterday, Science Life published a blog post with CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Elbert Huang’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the federal government to provide tax subsidies to help low- and middle-income people purchase health insurance. The response was a follow-up to a post Science Life published last week in which it interviewed Dr. Huang about the case that would soon be decided by the Supreme Court.

Read Dr. Huang’s initial comments here.
Read Dr. Huang’s follow-up response here.

South Africa’s First Lady Madam Dr. Bongi Ngema-Zuma visits the CCDTR

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June 25, 2015 – Yesterday, the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, in conjunction with the Kovler Diabetes Center, met with Madam Dr. Bongi Ngema-Zuma, the First Lady of South Africa, to discuss to impact of diabetes in South Africa and a potential collaboration between the CCDTR and the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation. Having lost her mother to Type 2 Diabetes, Bongi Ngema-Zumi started the foundation in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness in South Africa as well as to serve as an education and support resource for those living with diabetes. During the visit, CCDTR Associate Directors Dr. Monica Peek, Dr. Elbert Huang, and Dr. Deborah Burnet and CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig also shared their own work with Madam Ngema-Zuma. To learn more about the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation, visit:

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Dr. Elbert Huang featured in a Science Life blog post about the Affordable Care Act

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June 19, 2015 – CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Elbert Huang has been featured in a Science Life post about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He discusses the case soon to be heard by the Supreme Court, King v. Burwell, which could jeopardize health care access for six to eight million people currently receiving subsidies for health insurance they have purchased through the exchanges established through the ACA. Click here to read the post.

CCDTR Staff Participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

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May 29, 2015 – On May 21, 2015, CCDTR staff members Nyahne Bergeron, Jennifer Cooper, Morgan Ealey, and Paige Fairchild participated in the Chicago 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® as part of the University of Chicago team. They were four of 194 official finishers from the University.

Now in its 39th year, this annual corporate sporting event features 3.5-mile road races in seven countries on five continents and promotes workplace fitness and camaraderie. The Chicago race was the first U.S. stop of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series and was the largest single-night Corporate Challenge in the United States, attracting over 25,000 runners and walkers from 649 companies.

For more information, please visit the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® website at

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CCDTR Staff Members (left to right) Paige Fairchild, Morgan Ealey, Nyahne Bergeron, and Jennifer Cooper
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CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek quoted in Medpage Today article

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May 11, 2015 – Dr. Monica Peek was quoted in a Medpage Today article entitled “ZIP Codes and Waistlines: Location, Location, Location.” The article discusses findings from a team of researchers not affiliated with the CCDTR who analyzed data from the Dallas Heart Study, a cohort of more than 3,000 adult residents residing in Dallas County. Dr. Peek was interviewed about her reaction to the study’s findings that people who move to lower income neighborhoods often gain weight.

Click here to read the article.

Findings from the Picture Good Health study are published in JGIM

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April 29, 2015 – Findings from CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig’s Picture Good Health study were just published online by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The Picture Good Health program is a church-based diabetes education program for Latinos with diabetes which was tested in a randomized controlled pilot study in collaboration with the Little Village Community Advisory Board. Although the pilot study did not demonstrate improvements in A1c in the intervention group as compared to the enhanced usual care group during the six-month follow-up period, the program did lead to changes in decreased high fat food consumption and increased participation in exercise among the low-income Latino adults with diabetes who were assigned to the intervention group.

Click here to access the JGIM article published online on Springer Link’s website.
Click here to read the University of Chicago Medicine’s press release about the findings.
Click here to read the University of Chicago Medicine Science Life blog about the findings.
Click here to read an article in Medscape‘s Medical News Section about the findings.