Barbara Davis Center Events and Announcements




Zachary Stensland, Awarded Diabetes Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic Year.

Zachary Stensland, Professional Research Assistant in Mia Smith's lab, has been awarded the recipient of the 2022-2023 Diabetes Center Fellowship. The award is made in recognition of Zach's past achievements and potential for future contributions to science. The fellowship includes $10,000 applied to the graduate program in addition to a $5,000 stipend. Congratulations Zach!

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Lori Sussel, PhD. Awarded the 2020 Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship

Dr. Lori Sussel, Director of Basic and Translational Research at the Barbara Davis Center received the Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship at the Joslin Diabetes Institute, Harvard Medical School in recognition of her achievements in islet biology research.  The visiting professor lectureship was established by family members and friends of the diabetes researcher Dr. Michael Brownlee and was awarded for the first time in 2007. Dr. Brownlee is Professor Emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Throughout his career he has made notable contributions to understanding the biochemical basis of diabetic complications. His contributions to the field have been extensively recognized, including the 2004 Banting Medal, the highest scientific award of the American Diabetes Association.



Maki Nakayama, PhD. Recipient of the 2022 George Eisenbarth Memorial Lecture at the 14th annual (Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Maki Nakayama, the recipient of the 2022 George Eisenbarth Memorial Lecture at the 14th annual (Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) meeting. Dr. Nakayama was honored for her outstanding research program investigating insulin-specific T cell populations present in the islets of individuals with type 1 diabetes.

2022-2023 Speaker Series Schedules

Seminars will take place in person on Fridays at 12pm MT

All seminars will have a link provided for registration.

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


Friday, September 9, 2022

Fulginiti Pavilion

Bethany Cummings, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

UC Davis

Friday, September 23, 2022
Dirk Homann, MD
Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai
Friday, October 7, 2022
Sarah Lessard, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Joslin Diabetes
Harvard Medical School
Friday, October 21, 2022
Marissa Brissova, PhD
Research Professor of Medicine
Director, Islet Procurement and Analysis Core
Director, Human Islet Phenotyping Program of IIDP
Vanderbilt University
Friday, November 4, 2022
Rachel Bonami, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Friday, November 18, 2022
Matthew L. Bettini, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
Division of Microbiology and Immunology

University of Utah
Friday, December 2, 2022
Fulginiti Pavilion
Todd Brusko, PhD
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Florida Diabetes Institute (UFDI).
Friday, January 6, 2023
Leonardo M.R. Ferreira, PhD
Assistant Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology
Medical University of South Carolina
Friday, January 20, 2023
Rebecca L. Hull, PhD
Research Professor
Director, Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
University of Washington
Friday, February 3, 2023
Friday, March 3, 2023
Hubert M. Tse, PhD
Comprehensive Diabetes Center
Heersink School of Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, March 17, 2023
BDC Diabetes Day Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Mark Atkinson, PhD
Director, UF Diabetes Institute
 Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics
University of Florida
Friday, March 31, 2023
Megan Levings, PhD
Department of Surgery
Lead, Childhood Diseases
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Friday, April 14, 2023
Samuel Klein, MD
William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science | Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis
Friday, April 28, 2023
Joana Almaca, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Friday, May 12, 2023
Denise Feig, MD MSc, FRCPC
Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Head, Diabetes & Endocrinology in Pregnancy Program
Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada


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.


10th January, 2022 Samantha Crawford, BS
17th January, 2022 Cancelled, MLK Day
24th January, 2022 Sarit Polsky, MD, MPH
31st January, 2022 Cancelled, nPOD meeting
7th February, 2022 James Costello, PhD
14th February, 2022 David Lorberbaum, PhD
21st February, 2022 Cancelled, President’s Day
28th February, 2022 Elliott Brooks, BS
7th March, 2022 Mark Ciccaglione, BS
14th March, 2022 Vira Kravets, PhD
21st March, 2022 Erin Cobry, MD
28th March, 2022 Alan Buser, BS
4th April, 2022 Angie Mitchell, PhD
11th April, 2022 Howard Davidson, PhD
18th April, 2022 James DiLisio, BS
25th April, 2022 Dustin Heiden, BS
2nd May, 2022 Holly O’Donnell, PhD
9th May, 2022 Xiaofan Jia, MD, PhD
16th May, 2022 Lucas Armitage, PhD
23rd May, 2022 Janet Wenslau, PhD


Mondays @ Noon (12:00PM)


Via Zoom


Contact: Mia Smith