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Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Technical Symposium


When: Thursday November 29, 2-5PM

Where: 5175 COMRB 909 S. Wolcott Ave

Join CACHET’s Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Focus Group for a Technical Symposium featuring speakers from UChicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Illinois Institute of Technology.  All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Amanda ( if you plan to attend.


Monica Peek, MD, MPH (UChicago)
“Leveraging the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research for Environmental Health Research”

Honggang Ye, PhD (UChicago)

“Resources in the Chicagoland Diabetes Research and Training Center to Support Environmental Health Research”

Jonathan Ozik, PhD (Argonne National Laboratory)

“Employing Simulated Populations to Study Environmental Health”

Gokhan Dalgin, PhD (UChicago)

“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for the Study of Environmental Health”

Abhinav Bhushan, PhD (IIT)

“Metabolic tissue-chips: Techniques to Study Environmental Toxicology and Metabolic Diseases”


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Dr. Elbert Huang, Guest Speaker on UChicago Medicine Community Health Focus Hour

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On November 3rd, CDRP Director Elbert Huang, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., was a guest speaker on the UChicago Medicine Community Health Focus Hour on WVON 1690AM, along with fellow CDRP investigator Doriane Miller, M.D., and Sheila Harmon, MSN. A discussion was held on how patients can utilize medical and community resources to improve their health.

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Do you or someone you know suffer from diabetes or obesity? Do you have questions about how you can manage your diabetes and lose weight?

Join Doriane Miller this Saturday on the Community Health Focus Hour, we will have a discussion how you can utilize your medical and community resources to improve your health!

Community Health Focus Hour 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

WVON radio 1690AM

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Doriane Miller MD, CCDTR Investigator, Host

Doriane Miller MD, Host

Join Doriane Miller and Her Guests!

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP, Director,Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy (CDRP), University of Chicago

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP, Director,Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy (CDRP), University of Chicago

Sheila Harmon, MSN, A.P.N., C.D.E., Certified Diabetes Educator & Consultant, Access Community Health

Sheila Harmon,
MSN, A.P.N., C.D.E., Certified Diabetes Educator & Consultant, Access Community Health

To join the discussion call: 773-591-1690

To keep up via Twitter, follow at @UChicagoComm

For past shows click Here [best viewed via Chrome]

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Seeking solutions near and far to reduce health disparities


August 22, 2018- Center Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, and Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, have been featured on The Forefront for their work at Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, as well as Dr. Chin’s work with the Finding Answers initiative. The Forefront is the science, health and wellness news website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Chin and Dr. Peek’s work, click here.

A Power Up! Program UPDATE

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The Power Up! Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is still here…and this program is still impacting children, families and the community through partnerships slated to eliminate childhood obesity while fostering the importance of nutrition education and food preferences.

Along with UChicago Medicine’s ITM stakeholders, the Power Up! Program will again collaborate with the Pilot Light Chefs Organization to develop an interactive and innovative method of community engagement.  Using video technology and themed-health knowledge, these respective teams plan to showcase how impactful choices and behaviors of student food eaters can be.  Partner schools, including teachers and students of Hyde Park’s Ray Elementary and Englewood’s The Montessori School of Englewood will help showcase their Pilot Light food lessons through short videos of chef demonstrations and/or webinar-style presentations to influence what a healthy lifestyle is. Chicago Public School’s After School Matters Program will also play a part in this collaborative as the student health ambassadors who will film the short segment lessons. Team Social Psychologist Dr. Mike Quinn says, “This is an exciting full partnership.”  Look out for this project in late fall, early winter.  For more questions, contact (773) 753-9941.

If your school or organization would like a presentation on healthy eating and physical activity promotion, please contact us by phone at (773) 753-9941 or email:

If you would like more information about Pilot Light Chefs Organization, please visit

For more information on childhood obesity prevention, visit:

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Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH on Implementing Diabetes Group Visits and Text Messaging in Community Health Centers

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July 25, 2018- Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH was recently interviewed for 2 blog posts by the National Diabetes Education Program highlighting her work in community health centers.

In the first blog post, “Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers”, Dr. Baig discusses her work on diabetes group visits in community health centers and shares insight into the role that community health centers can play in providing diabetes care in medically underserved areas.

In the second blog post, “Text Messaging for Diabetes Care”, Dr. Baig shares ways that text messaging can enhance diabetes self-management and care from her experience using a text messaging program in a community health center.

Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc honored with the 2018 Schweitzer Leadership Award


July 05, 2018- Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc will be honored with the 2018 Schweitzer Leadership Award on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

The Schweitzer Leadership Award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

For more information about the award and ceremony, click here.


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CCDTR Investigators publish JAMA clinical guideline synopsis of controversial glycemic control guideline statement

June 21, 2018- CCDTR Core Investigators Andrew Davis, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS, and Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS have published a JAMA clinical guideline synopsis of the American College of Physicians’ controversial 2018 guidance statement on hemoglobin A1c goals in nonpregnant adults with type 2 diabetes. The article is entitled “Glycemic Control in Nonpregnant Adults with Type 2 Diabetes” and provides recommendations in response to the new guideline statement. In addition to their article, Dr. Tung and Dr. Laiteerapong are featured in a video discussing this same topic.


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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.