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Newly awarded NIDDK K12 Assistant Professor Position

The Barbara Davis Center is pleased to announce a new Assistant Professor position which will be an NIDDK K12 supported position for junior faculty interested in type 1 diabetes research. Three positions have been filled and a fourth position is available for appointment beginning in 2014 - July 2015. These positions which offer recent Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship graduates desiring a career in academic pediatric endocrinology the opportunity to work in one of the premier diabetes centers in the country within a mentored career development award with NIH funded protected time including funding toward research/training expenses. The award is designed to provide the 2-3 years of time a new investigator will need to develop into an investigator who is prepared to write a successful NIH or JDRF individual mentored award, or an independent research award for applicants with greater research experience. Clinical work is also part of this position and is designed to maintain and expand the clinical expertise developed within the applicant’s endocrine fellowship. For those pursuing translational research, the clinical work will provide an opportunity to strengthen the clinical aspect of their research.  

Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and a CV to the K12 Program Director: Georgeanna J Klingensmith, MD, This K12 award is designed to develop pediatric endocrinologists into skilled investigators in the area of type 1 diabetes. The K12 funding is dependant on successful completion of a pediatric endocrine fellowship within the past 5 years and US citizenship or permanent resident status. Applicants will not be eligible if they have had a prior NIH K award or have been the PI on an NIH research award.

The Barbara Davis Center is an Institute of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and affiliated with Children’s Hospital Colorado and is located in Aurora, Colorado, just outside of Denver. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in research in type 1 diabetes. The faculty of the BDC and the mentoring faculty of the K12 award have interests and expertise in many areas of diabetes research and are well funded. Major areas of interest include the epidemiology of T1D including the epidemiology of the development of autoimmunity and the epidemiology of diabetes related clinical outcomes; the genetic and autoimmune processes responsible for T1D and potential immuno-interventions to alter the immune response in T1D; cardiovascular risk assessment in youth with T1D and the development and assessment of new clinical technologies including the development and clinical application of the Artificial Pancreas. Other areas of interest include novel approaches to providing care to children and youth with diabetes, including new approaches to improving adherence in adolescents and young adults and providing expert tertiary care to children in a rural large geographic region.

The faculty of the BDC and Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as the wider University of Colorado faculty are excited about the opportunities this K12 award provides to develop junior faculty into skilled clinical and/or basic investigators prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders in the field of diabetes research. All of our past K12 scholars have been successful in obtaining independent funding after completing the K12 program. The position will also be supported by programs within the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), a Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Center and course work offered both through the CCTSI and the Colorado School of Public Health. These resources and established collaborative links provide a rich faculty development environment. The BDC also serves as the major clinical type 1 diabetes center for Colorado and the Rocky Mountain/Great plains region. We provide care for over 2500 children with diabetes and have recently established a Transition Clinic serving young people up to age 25. The BDC is located on the Anschutz Medical campus, a completely new medical facility built over the past ten years. During this time the University has invested more than $2.1B on 7.4 M gross square feet of research and educational facilities at the new 227acre campus. These facilities including a new Children’s Hospital were completed in 2009. The program in endocrinology and diabetes at Children’s Hospital Colorado/Barbara Davis Center has been ranked 4th in the nation in 2010, 2011, and 2013 in recognition of clinical and academic excellence and the Department of Pediatrics has consistently ranked among the top five nationally of all Schools of Medicine in research funding from the NIH.

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