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.

CCDTR Investigators Present at the Annual SGIM Meeting, Dr. Marshall Chin Becomes President

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April 27, 2015 – Last week, several CCDTR investigators and staff attended the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Toronto, ON, Canada. CCDTR-affiliated investigators presenting and/or facilitating workshops at the meeting included Jennifer Cooper and Drs. Sara Baghikar, Arshiya Baig, Alyna Chien, Marshall Chin, Scott Cook, Elbert Huang, Monica Peek, Valerie Press, Milda Saunders, Elizabeth Tung and Lisa Vinci.

During the breakfast plenary on Saturday, CCDTR investigator Dr. Milda Saunders was selected as an awardee for the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Program by the Association of Chiefs & Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM). As the meeting adjourned, CCDTR Director Dr. Marshall Chin, who has been serving as the SGIM President-Elect for the past year, was passed the gavel and became SGIM President. He will serve as SGIM President for the next year. As president, Dr. Chin will lead the 18-member governing board and support and promote the work of its more than 80 member-driven committees, taskforces and interest groups. Read more about Dr. Chin’s priorities as SGIM President here.

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Above left: Drs. Baghikar and Baig presenting their poster; Above center and right: Dr. Tung presenting at the Friday morning plenary
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Above left: Drs. Tung and Peek enjoying the conference; Above right: Dr. Chien presenting in an abstract session.
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Above left: Announcement of Dr. Saunders’ Award; Above center and right: Dr. Chin’s comments after being handed the gavel as the new SGIM President

New Report by CCDTR Investigators Weighs the Evidence for Diabetes Prevention Programs in Community Settings

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March 26, 2015 – Yesterday, the NYSHealth Foundation released a report prepared by CCDTR invstigators Drs. Chia-Hung Chou, Deborah Burnet, David Meltzer, and Elbert Huang entitled “The Effectiveness of Diabetes Prevention Programs in Community Settings.” The report reviews the evidence from diabetes prevention programs that have been conducted in community settings to determine their effectiveness in improving health outcomes. The report also examines the long-term effects, implementation costs, and overall cost implications of these programs.

NYSHealth President and CEO James R. Knickman and Chief Program Learning Officer Kelly Hunt also discussed the report’s findings in a recent Health Affairs blog post. They argued there was a need for greater public and private investments in diabetes prevention research and demonstrations.

Click here to read the report.
Click here to read the accompanying policy brief.
Click here to read the Health Affairs blog post.
Click here to read the University of Chicago Medicine’s Science Life blog post about the report.

CCDTR Investigators Present at the Janet D. Rowley Research Day, Dr. Laiteerapong Wins an Award

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March 3, 2015 – Today, several CCDTR investigators presented their work at the annual Janet D. Rowley Research Day for the University of Chicago Department of Medicine. CCDTR investigator Dr. Neda Laiteerapong won the Best Abstract for Health Services Research Faculty Award for her abstract entitled: “Ten-year hemoglobin A1C trajectories and outcomes in type 2 diabetes: The Diabetes & Aging Study.”

DOM Research Day 2015 Laiteerapong AwardDr. Neda Laiteerapong (2nd row, far right) with the other
award winners at the 2015 Janet D. Rowley Research Day

Other abstracts presented by CCDTR investigators included:

Title: Using Photovoice to Promote Diabetes Self-Management for Latino Adults
Investigator: Dr. Arshiya Baig

Title: Later Sleep and Circadian Timing are Associated with Lower Estimated Insulin Sensitivity
Investigator: Dr. Kristen Knutson

Title: Relative Ethnic and Racial Frequency of GCK-Related Hyperglycemia (GCK-MODY)
Investigator: Dr. Rochelle Naylor

Title: How wide is the digital divide? A study of urban hospitalized patients
Investigator: Dr. Valerie Press

Title: Knowing is Half the Battle
Investigator: Dr. Milda Saunders

Dr. Elbert Huang quoted in Chicago Health Article

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February 17, 2015 – Dr. Elbert Huang was quoted in a Chicago Health article entitled “Obamacare: One Year Later.” The article discusses what has happened as a result of the Affordable Care Act having taken effect just over a year ago in January of 2014. Dr. Huang was interviewed about his perspective on the benefits and challenges that have arisen with the new healthcare law and its impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

Click here to read the article.