Barbara Davis Center Events and Announcements

Dr. Lori Sussel Receives Annual Stefan S. Fajans Endowed Lectureship in Diabetes at the University of Michigan Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

Lori LectureshipOn November 22, 2019, Dr. Lori Sussel was honored with the Annual Stefan S. Fajans Endowed Lectureship in Diabetes at the University of Michigan Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes. The endowed lecture recognizes Dr. Stefan S. Fajans, who devoted his scientific career to the study of diabetes and made important contributions to the understanding of its etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, including the discovery of a genetic form of diabetes that he named MODY (Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young). Dr. Sussel was the 11th recipient of the Fajan’s lectureship.

Dr. Lori Sussel, PhD

T1D_stacked_colorBarbara Davis Center Pediatrics team wins national quality improvement award

In November the Barbara Davis Center Quality Improvement team was presented with an award for the Outstanding Pediatrics Team at the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas for their work in improving delivery of care to pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes.

Formed in 2010 through a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, T1D Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing therapies and improving care for individuals with type 1 diabetes. In 2014 T1D Exchange embarked on a mission to improve the quality of healthcare delivery for individuals with type 1 diabetes through the establishment of T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative (T1DX-QI). A multicenter initiative, T1DX-QI aims to accelerate quality improvement (QI) through shared learning and continuous review of best practices and is the first learning collaborative in the U.S. dedicated to the care of people with type 1 diabetes. Quality improvement is the framework used to improve healthcare delivery, involving continuous, systematic efforts to reduce variation and improve outcomes.

The Barbara Davis Center joined the Collaborative in 2016, spearheading efforts to develop a common data standard for clinical information. Although this may sound like a very dry topic, seamless, noncompetitive data sharing is crucial for diabetes clinics across the nation to understand variation and communicate with each other about interventions and improvements. This sharing of ideas allows diabetes specialists to identify best practices and adopt improvements quickly.

The BDC’s strong data infrastructure is the key to allow us to co-lead this work. In addition to a robust clinical database led by Bing Wang, we are thankful for a generous two year pilot grant (2017-2019) from the Tied to a Cure golf tournament that allowed us to hire a full time electronic medical record programmer, Anne Rottler. In an age where medicine has gone digital, the ability to track trends and drive workflows at the click of a button results in our clinics being able to stay up to date with the most current treatments and to maximize the value you get out of your relationship with our clinic.

Some examples of the recent improvements that you may have encountered are care reminders for monitoring of diabetes related conditions such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and eye disease; the new appointment reminder system that automatically provides the parking code when you confirm the appointment; influenza vaccinations; and healthcare provider orders (school plans) and a sick day action plan with insulin dosing recommendations based on your child’s current weight and insulin doses, automatically delivered to the MyChart patient portal at every clinic visit. For those of you who use MyChart, I would remind you that it is a convenient tool for scheduling appointments, requesting refills, and messaging your healthcare team for nonurgent medical advice, all of which has been built out over the last several years.

Ped Team Award 2

This spring we also added a Patient Navigator, Katie Thivener, to the QI team. Katie uses data tools to identify pediatric patients who need a little extra help getting back into clinic and to facilitate the visit by identifying patient needs and coordinating their care. Delivering good healthcare has become increasingly complex, and at times, impersonal. Katie exemplifies our mission by using computing power to identify needs, allowing us to add that personal touch back into our work.

As our team grows, every Pediatric Clinic employee has become a QI stakeholder, and continuous improvement is a part of our culture. I am tremendously thankful for Sarah Thomas, our QI Program Manager, who somehow keeps all this work organized and moving forward.

As we look towards 2020 and beyond, we are planning to steal shamelessly some of the best ideas from leading diabetes centers around the country. Clinic visits will be more efficient, we will proactively identify patients at the highest risk for hospitalization, and we will tailor office visits to deliver higher value healthcare. Likewise, innovations at the Barbara Davis Center will be shared quickly and widely, with the goal of improving diabetes care across the nation. I am proud to work with such a fantastic team, pursuing the Center’s mission to deliver state-of-the-art care to children and adults with type 1 diabetes.

-Dr. Todd Alonso, MD

2019-2020 Speaker Series Schedules

Part of the on-going training and research dissemination includes weekly RIP seminars at the Barbara Davis Center, Anschutz Medical Campus. Resident research scientists and invited speakers present current progress on diabetes and related topics. The RIP is scheduled every Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Main Conference Room (Room 2104) on the 2nd floor of the Barbara Davis Center.

27th January, 2020 Keystone Symposia
3rd February, 2020 Yang Wang, PhD
10th February, 2020 Ali Shilleh, MS
17th February, 2020 President's day
24th February, 2020 nPOD
2nd March, 2020 Timothy Aaron Wiles, PhD
9th March, 2020 Laura Hudish, PhD
16th March, 2020 Rocky Baker, PharmD
23rd March, 2020 Jennifer Whitesell, B.S. M.S.
30th March, 2020 Lauren Shomaker, PhD
6th April, 2020 Taylor Triolo, MD
13th April, 2020 Alexandra Theis, BS
20th April, 2020 Christina L. Roark, PhD
27th  April, 2020 IDS
4th May, 2020 Vira Kravets, PhD

All Seminars take place on Fridays at 12pm at the Anschutz Medical Campus,

Nighthorse Campbell building, in the Shore Family Forum

For administrative assistance:  Christy Vasey, , 303-724-9787.

Light refreshments will be provided for the guest and attendees.

Lecture topics will be announced prior to each seminar.


Friday, September 6, 2019William Kwok, PhD
Principal Investigator
Diabetes Research Program
Benaroya Research Institute
Friday, September 20, 2019Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
Diabetes Research Institute 
University of Miami
Friday, October 4, 2019Michelle Kimple, PhD
Associate Professor
Endocrinology, Diabetes 
& Metabolism
University of Wisconsin
Friday, October 18, 2019Nancy Manley, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor
Head, Dept. of Genetics
University of Georgia
Friday, November 1, 2019Anil Bhushan, PhD
Diabetes Center
University of California San Francisco
Friday, November 15, 2019Childhood Diabetes Prevention Day
General Population Screening for T1D
Stephen Rich, Jeffrey Krischer, Stephen Daniels, and more…
Friday, December 6, 2019Michael Roper, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Florida State University
Friday, January 10, 2020Laura C. Alonso, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Beta Cell Biological Studies
University of Massachusetts 
Medical School
Friday, January 24, 2020Lora Heisler, PhD 
Chair in Human Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Friday, February 7, 2020Thomas Malek, PhD
Microbiology & Immunology
University of Miami
Friday, February 21, 2020Nicolas Rohner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Stowers Institute
The University of Kansas
Friday, March 6, 2020BDC Research Diabetes Day Symposium
Klaus Kaestner, PhD
Director, Next Generation Sequencing Center
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Friday, March 20, 2020Cristina Nostro, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Toronto
Friday, April 3, 2020Dax Fu, PhD
Associate Professor
Physiology Department
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Friday, May 1, 2020Amelia Linnemann, PhD
Assistant Professor
Herman B Wells Center 
for Pediatric Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
Friday, May 15, 2020Todd Brusko, PhD
Associate Professor
Diabetes Institute
University of Florida