Fall 2023

Connecting the Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism and related Complications Community at the University of Michigan


In this Issue...

* World Diabetes Day

* Institute Happenings

* Who's In the News?

* Save the Date

* Employment & Funding Opportunities

Increasing Diabetes Awareness and Education

Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day! This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes and its impact. This edition of Dialogue will share stories and information while showcasing the great work and dedication of those who help to make it all happen.

Jackson, age 8. Pictured with

his mom, Amanda Valyko and

his physician, Dr. Joyce Lee, MD, MPH.

Meet Jackson: Current T1D Patient and Advocate;

Future Scientist and Professional Baseball Player

At only 6 years old, Jackson was already thinking about what could make his life and the lives of millions of others living with diabetes, a little bit easier. During a visit with his grandmother, he sketched out his innovative idea. Read More

Breaking Barriers: Diabetes Stigma and Mental Health

As part of our efforts to identify and address the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes, U-M researchers are working to dismantle barriers related to diabetes stigma and mental health, while putting the voices of all those impacted at the forefront. Read More

From Education to Empowerment:

Michigan Medicine Adult Diabetes Education Program

While today is World Diabetes Day, the work of improving diabetes awareness and education is ongoing. Our small, but mighty Michigan Medicine Diabetes Education Program remains steadfast in its mission to support and empower people living with diabetes. Read More

Pictured left to right: Joyce Patterson RDN, BC-ADM; Danielle Rogosch BSN, RN, CDCES; Christine Hagar RDN, CDCES; Kate Gorr, RDN; Kim Sperlbaum RN, CDCES; Jenna Hoppe RDN.

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Institute Happenings

CDI Welcomes Hayley Centola, PhD

Dr. Hayley Centola is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Psychology working with the Pediatric Diabetes team. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and internship as well as fellowship training at the University of Chicago Medicine. She also earned her bachelor's degree here at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Welcome back, Dr. Centola! 

Hayley Centola, PhD

Monica Dus, PhD

Monica Dus, PhD Appointed White House Fellow for 2023-2024!

Congratulations to CDI faculty member, Monica Dus, PhD, on her recent appointment as a White House Fellow within the Department of the Navy. Dr. Dus, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts, was chosen through a highly competitive process for her work in communicating science to the public.

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Challenge Accepted: Myers' Lab Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Dr. Martin Myers' Lab was among 8 U-M Medical School labs that performed well in the International Freezer Challenge. This fun, friendly competition is designed to help improve energy efficiency while reducing our carbon footprint. Read More

Spread the Word: The Diabetes and Mental Health Initiative is Recruiting

The Diabetes and Mental Health Initiative, led by Briana Mezuk, PhD is recruiting adult, Michigan Medicine patients with diabetes. The purpose of the study is to better understand the emotional and social needs of those living with this condition. Please encourage participation from those who are eligible. Click the image to view.

Who's in the News?

How do you get diabetes? Causes of Type 1 and Type 2, according to an expert.

Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, ADA President of Medicine and Science, and Associate Director for Clinical Research, Mentoring and Development with CDI, was featured in USA Today. Read More 

As Ozempic use Grows, so do Reports of Possible Mental Health Side Effects

Amy Rothberg, MD, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, discusses the diabetes drug and the possibility of mental health side effects on NPR. 

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Bariatric Surgery at 16

Randy Seeley, PhD, U-M Professor of Surgery and Director of the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC), offers his expertise on the topic of bariatric surgery in The New York Times Magazine. (subscription required to access) Read More

How Type 2 Diabetes Can Also Impact Your Mental Health

Briana Mezuk, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology offers insight on the bidirectional relationship between diabetes and mental health in Healthline. Read More

Save the Date

The next CDI-MOD Symposium is scheduled for October 30, 2024. Planning is already underway. More details to come!

Employment & Funding Opportunities


The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DDEMD) currently has two job openings for Program Directors in Diabetes Clinical Research.


See UMMS Competition Space for a full list of internal funding opportunities.

Let's Stay Connected

We would love to "Dialogue" with you! If you have stories, information or events related to diabetes, obesity, metabolism and their complications you wish to share, please email MichiganDiabetes@med.umich.edu. 

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About the Caswell Diabetes Institute

The University of Michigan has outstanding clinicians and researchers in diabetes, metabolic disorders, and their complications. The Caswell Diabetes Institute serves as the central hub to coordinate these programs. We work across disciplines and serve to integrate rigorous science with patient-centered clinical care to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure diabetes and related disorders.


Contact Us

Caswell Diabetes Institute

2800 Plymouth Road

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2800



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