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CCDTR Investigators present at 13th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day

May 16, 2018- The 13th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day took place this past Saturday, May 12th at the University of Chicago.  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.

Various CCDTR investigators gave talks throughout the day:
Jill A. Weissberg-Benchell, PhD – Psychosocial Aspects of Closed Loop Systems for the Treatment of Diabetes
Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH – Diabetes in South Asians, the MASALA Study
Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS – Economics of Personalizing Diabetes Care in the Era of New Medications

CCDTR staff member Parmida Zarei, BS won an award for her poster entitled, “Physician Feedback on the Quality of Diabetes Care: A Common Strategy with Moderate Impact.” Laura Dickens, mentored by Rochelle Naylor, MD, was also a poster award recipient.

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Associate Director Elbert Huang, MD, MPH appointed member of Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council

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May 01, 2018- Associate Director Elbert Huang, MD, MPH has been appointed a member of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review‘s (ICER) Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.

He joins a group of regionally-based experts who support ICER’s work by voting on the evidence regarding the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of health interventions.

To learn more, click here.

CCDTR Researchers Present Diabetes Disparities Symposium at Endo 2018 Meeting

IMG_8547March 20, 2018- CCDTR researchers Deborah Burnet, MD, MAPP, Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, and Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, (pictured left to right with Kirsta Suggs, Assoc. Director of Professional Development, Endocrine Society, and Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, Chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Endocrine Society) presented a panel “Diabetes Translational Research: Towards Eliminating Health Disparities in T2DM Symposium” at the Endo 2018 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois, on March 17, 2018.  The presentations covered stories of each investigator’s diabetes research along with career tips (early career issues and disparity research methodologies (Dr. Peek); community-based participatory research (Dr. Baig); practical research strategies (Dr. Burnet); lessons from funders and end users of research (Dr. Chin)).

Scott Cook, PhD receives 2018 University of Chicago Diversity Leadership Award

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January 17, 2018- Scott Cook, PhD has been named a recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2018 Diversity Leadership Award for his commitment to improving health care disparities for underserved populations.

Dr. Cook currently serves as the deputy director for Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program that aims to reduce health care disparities through intervention evaluations and dissemination of systematic reviews and best practices.

Dr. Cook was honored at the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration on January 16, 2018.

To learn more, click here.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Monica Peek, MD, MPH to co-direct program aimed at reducing disparities in diabetes care

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December 13, 2017- Center Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH have been selected to co-direct the National Program Office for the “Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care” initiative. The program aims to improve access to diabetes care in underserved U.S. communities.

To learn more about the University of Chicago’s role in the initiative, click here.

 

American Diabetes Association publishes an update of its position statement on hypertension and diabetes in the September 2017 issue of Diabetes Care

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September 13, 2017- The American Diabetes Association has published an update of its 2003 position statement on hypertension and diabetes in the September 2017 issue of Diabetes Care.  Led by George Bakris, MD of the University of Chicago Section of Endocrinology, and Director of the ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center, the international writing group revised the guidelines in light of several recent landmark randomized trials. Greater emphasis was placed on the routine use of home blood pressure readings,  routine assessment of orthostatic pressure, and the cautious use of agents like spironolactone for resistant hypertension.  Andrew Davis, MD, a primary care internist at University of Chicago Medicine, also served on the writing group.

 

Dr. Mai Tuyet Pho awarded UG3 to study the opioid crisis

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September 08, 2017- Mai Tuyet Pho, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a UG3 from NIDA/CDC/SAMHSA to study the opioid crisis, along with Hepatitis C and HIV in the rural southern Illinois Delta Region. This is a multiple-PI grant and includes the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York.

Dr. Pho has been a member of the Illinois statewide opioid advisory taskforce, and has been working with the IDPH to issue a statewide standing order for naloxone. She has been analyzing overdose data for the IDPH and IDHS.

On September 6, 2017, Governor Rauner of Illinois signed the executive order at Chicago’s Lawndale Christian Health Center to establish the taskforce.

Here is WGN coverage of Governor Rauner signing the order.

Here is the Opioid Action Plan from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Congratulations, Dr. Pho!

Dr. James Zhang and Dr. David Meltzer publish study in Journal of Medical Economics

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August 03, 2017- Dr. James Zhang and Dr. David Meltzer have published a study on gender disparities in cost-related medical non-adherence  to medical care (CRN). This is the first study in its kind that reveals the gender disparities in CRN, comprehensively defined. The study, titled
“The differential rates in cost-related non-adherence to medical care by gender in the U.S. adult population,” was published in the Journal of Medical Economics on May 19, 2017.