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Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD 

Associate Dean for Faculty, Conrad M. Riley, MD Endowed Professor

Research Interests:
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Pediatric Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance & Obesity
  • Life-course Epidemiology
  • Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases
  • Courses Taught:
  • EPID 6630: Epidemiology (Hybrid Course)
  • EPID 7911: Epidemiologic Field Methods
  • EPID 7912: Developing a Research Grant
  • EPID 7915: Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • EPID 8990: Doctoral Thesis
  • Current Research Projects:
  • CDC: SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth 2, Colorado Center (9/00-6/10, Principal Investigator): This study is one of six centers designated by CDC to set-up a national registry of childhood diabetes.
  • NIDDK: Exploring the Fetal Origins Hypothesis in Diverse Youth (9/05-6/10, Principal Investigator):This study aims to explore in parallel the long-term consequences of two fetal exposures on childhood obesity phenotypes and to assess potential mechanisms responsible for these effects.
  • National Children's Study (9/08-9/13, Study Center Principal Investigator): This study will develop a large, population-based cohort of 100,000 children recruited before birth and followed up through 21 years of age. Within our Douglas County location we will enroll and follow 1000 participants according to a standardized protocol collecting genetic, biological and environmental samples, and compiling statistical information for study analyses investigating how genetic and environmental factors influence health and disease.
  • Education:
  • University of Medicine, Timisoara, Romania, MD, 1990
  • University of Medicine, Timisoara, Romania, Residency, Internal Medicine, 1991-94
  • University of Medicine, Timisoara, Romania, PhD, Clinical Sciences, 1997
  • University of Medicine Timisoara, Romania, Residency, Diabetes & Metabolic Diseases, 1994-97
  • NIDDK, Phoenix, AZ, Fellowship, Diabetes Epidemiology, 1997-99
  • University of Colorado Denver

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