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

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

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:

CCDTR presentation - MPeek    Madam Dr. Bongi Ngema-Zuma    DBurnet Presenting Group Photo

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

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.

75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association will be June 5-9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. We are pleased to announce that several of our CCDTR-affiliated investigators will be presenting at the meeting this year.

For general information about the Annual Meeting, click here.
Click here to view program information.

Summer Service Partnership and Self-Perception of Agency

Friday, June 5, 2015 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Rachel Stones, MS2
Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Chicago

 Room W229
**Lunch will be served.**

Our Research In Progress Conferences are generously supported by the
Section of General Internal Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine, and CHESS.

Simplified Population Causal Inference via Balancing

Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Special Event

Guest Speaker:

Gary Chan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Health Services
University of Washington

 Room W229

The estimation of average treatment effects based on observational data is extremely important in practice and has been studied by generations of statisticians under different frameworks. We will review some common frameworks, such as propensity score, recycled prediction and doubly robust methods, and introduce a model-free method that attains an exact three-way balance of the moments of observed covariates among the treated, the control, and the combined group. We show that efficiency without resorting to direct estimation of propensity score or outcome regression function. Moreover, a non-resampled standard error estimator is proposed and an R package is available. A few practical examples are given to illustrate the practical usefulness of this method.

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

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

2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge_CCDTR staff

CCDTR Staff Members (left to right) Paige Fairchild, Morgan Ealey, Nyahne Bergeron, and Jennifer Cooper
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10th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day

Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

We are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day that will take place on Saturday May 16th, 2015. This conference is intended to serve as a forum for basic and clinical investigators, clinicians, and pharmaceutical industry personnel in Chicago and the Midwest to meet, share information, and discuss common interests with the goal of fostering collaborations between individuals and between institutions. Ample opportunities will exist throughout the day to meet with your colleagues. A poster session is planned for those who wish to share findings from current basic, clinical, or translational research. The top eight posters will receive an award of $100 each.

We are excited about this event and encourage you to attend what promises to be a stimulating and productive day.

The University of Chicago
Donnelly Biological Sciences Learning Center
924 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

To register, send an e-mail with your name and institutional affiliation to:

For the program agenda and more information, click here.