The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes provides care to the majority of children with diabetes in the state of Colorado and Rocky Mountain region, as well as consultation for adults and children throughout the United States.
The physicians of the Barbara Davis Center are faculty members of the Section of Pediatric Endocrinology and Adult Endocrinology and provide inpatient diabetes care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Pediatric Clinic provides families and patients with an understanding of type I diabetes and encourages their confidence in its day-to-day management.
Present evidence strongly suggests that consistent blood sugar control greatly diminishes the chances of long-term eye and kidney complications.
The BDC combines research into the immunopathogenesis, prevention and treatment of type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes mellitus with a state-of-the-art clinical program that brings to its patients clinical care aimed both at normalizing their daily life and preventing long-term complications of diabetes.
Services for Our Pediatric Patients
Comprehensive clinical care and continuing patient and family education are key components in the BDC’s clinical program to improve both daily care and the long term outcome of their patients.
Newly diagnosed patients and their families are given:
- Intensive and comprehensive individual training, care and counseling on a day-to-day basis with the clinical care team members from the BDC in addition to classes with other new onset patients and families.
- A copy of "Understanding Diabetes" ("the Pink Panther book"), a book written by one of our clinicians, Dr. Peter Chase, available for both purchase through the Children’s Diabetes Foundation website or free to view online at the Barbara Davis website.
- 24-hours-a-day access to providers for changes in regimens, emergencies and illnesses.
- Appointments on a quarterly basis, with each visit an opportunity for further patient education and family consultation.
- Nutritional counseling
- Individual and family centered opportunities for psychosocial counseling
- Periodic cardiovascular and kidney assessment
- Routine eye exams by a diabetes specialist at the BDC’s eye clinic.
Education continues with opportunities for participation in local support groups, special outings and parties arranged by the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and attendance at annual summer camps sponsored by the Colorado American Diabetes Association. In addition, the BDC runs a number of special one-day courses each year, including the College Workshop and Grandparents Workshop.
Our National Standing
The BDC is one of 10 centers in North America studying the development of autoimmunity and diabetes and the prevention of type 1 diabetes through TrialNet. The BDC is one of a handful of centers in the country offering clinical trials for intervention in newly diagnosed patients through TrialNet and the Immune Tolerance Network.
The BDC is one of six centers worldwide for the TEDDY study, which follows children from birth to learn about the environmental and genetic contribution to the development of diabetes. All patients and their relatives are offered the opportunity to participate in clinical and research studies.
The BDC actively and intensively collaborates with other investigators and consortia throughout the world using its uniquely combinatorial resources based on active laboratory research in the immunopathogenesis of diabetes, international networks for population and patient based studies and trials for the prevention of diabetes, and state-of-the-art patient care and clinical based trials to advance its mission to both improve both short and long term outcomes for all patients with diabetes and to successfully intervene in the progression and/or development of type 1 diabetes for children and adults worldwide.