CCDTR Researchers Present Diabetes Disparities Symposium at Endo 2018 Meeting

IMG_8547CCDTR 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


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

Peek-Chin News

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


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


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


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.

Dr. Marshall Chin presents on the South Side Diabetes Project at the University of Otago in New Zealand

Marshall Chin News

July 28, 2017- Dr. Marshall Chin will leading a seminar today at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His presentation, “Improving Diabetes Outcomes and Nutrition in the African-American South Side of Chicago” will detail a multilevel intervention that addresses health disparities among African Americans on Chicago’s South Side. We are very excited to have the opportunity to share the South Side Diabetes Project globally!