Our mission is to provide state-of the-art care to children and adults with type 1 diabetes and to teach our patients how to prevent or delay complications. Our research is devoted to finding prevention, cure, and most effective treatment of diabetes and associated disorders.
Marian Rewers, MD, PhD
Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes
The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC) specializes in type 1 diabetes research and care for children and adults. It is one of the largest diabetes institutes in the world. The Center is part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has its dedicated building on the Anschutz Medical Campus (map) in Aurora, Colorado. The Center was funded by Marvin Davis, in 1978, and is generously supported by the Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF).
clinical researchers, and basic biomedical scientists work at the BDC to
find the most effective treatment, prevention, and cure for type 1
diabetes. The Center provides state-of-the-art diabetes care to 3600
children and 2400 adults with diabetes from the Rocky Mountain Region as
well as receiving national and international referrals. We also provide
inpatient care to patients who are seen at the Children’s Hospital
Colorado with any type of diabetes.
The Center’s faculty teach the medical,
physician assistant, nursing, and dental students on campus. Residents
and endocrinology fellows train at the Center on elective rotations.
Basic science faculty members provide mentorship to pre-doctoral
students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world.
Dana Davis joined the Children's Diabetes Foundation as the Executive Director in 2015. Having spent most of her
life as an activist, philanthropist and educator, Dana returned to Denver to
lead the organization founded by her mother and father, Barbara and Marvin
Davis. The youngest of the Davis’s five children, Dana was diagnosed with type
1 diabetes at age seven. At that time, there was no dedicated diabetes clinic
in Denver and the family had to fly to Boston for specialized care. Through
personal experience, the Davis family immediately recognized the burden of type
1 diabetes on children and families and took steps to do something about it.
The family set out to establish a world-class clinic and research center here
in Denver and thus the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and Children’s
Diabetes Foundation were founded.
In keeping with the original goals of the foundation, Dana’s
work ensures that all Colorado
children and families are able to receive the state-of-the-art care, education,
and technology to allow them to live successfully with diabetes. Further, she
works tirelessly to promote awareness of the disease and to support research
devoted to finding prevention and ultimately a cure for the disease. Through
events such as the star studded The Carousel of Hope ball, the Children’s
Diabetes Foundation (CDF) has raised over $100 million for diabetes research
and wellness. CDF programs such as Helping Hands and Holiday Assistance have
supported hundreds of families in need with medical supplies and travel to the
Barbara Davis Center for care.
Due to her personal
connection with type 1 diabetes, Dana is expanding the Children’s Diabetes
Foundation reach in the community by creating new programs and events that
support those affected by type 1 diabetes. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is
on the rise and Dana knows how dangerous it can be if the disease goes
undiagnosed or if blood sugars are too low or too high. Schools will have more
and more children with type 1 diabetes and Dana is focused on making sure
people are informed about the symptoms. She is constantly striving to show
others that this is a livable disease and that a positive outlook can make an
For more information, see this Colorado Expression article about Dana Davis and the Children's Diabetes Foundation.
Small Donors Make Big Impact
Every year, the Barbara Davis Center receives extraordinary
support from donors whose lives are touched by diabetes. Small donations come
from friends, parents and grandparents, as annual contributions, or in memory
of someone who passed due to complications from this debilitating disease. Some
recent donations were accompanied by stories that were particularly moving,
demonstrating the generosity of spirit within people from all walks of life.
Alexander Zachary Taylor
was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was
still a child. The family made frequent trips to the Barbara Davis Center from
Greeley, CO to receive care and education in the management of the disease. This
past October, while in his last year at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO,
Alex was tragically killed in a car-pedestrian accident. Although the family is
not wealthy, Alex’s father, Mr. Bruce Taylor donated $1,000 to the Barbara
Davis Center in memory of his son, asking that his gift be used to help underpriveleged children receive state-of-the-art diabetes care at the Center. By turning their heartbreaking story into a
vessel for positive change, the Taylor family is an inspiration to everyone
seeking better treatment and ultimately finding a cure for diabetes.
Recently, the Barbara Davis Center also received two donations
from a completely unexpected source. School children from two Colorado
communities opened their hearts and their wallets to collect hundreds of
dollars for the Barbara Davis Center.
Dusty LeBeau and Ben Gebhardt of Black Hawk, CO planned
a fund raiser at Gilpin Elementary School for their group ‘Cure All Diabetes’.
Their well organized campaign included a presentation on the symptoms,
treatment, and cost of treating type 1 diabetes. Posters and flyers were placed
around the school, donation jars were strategically placed in classrooms and
stores around Gilpin County, and a pizza party awarded to the class who raised
the most money. Their extraordinary efforts resulted in a donation of $804.70
to the Barbara Davis Center!
In a similar effort, a student from Parker, CO
organized a charity drive at her school asking fellow students to open their
piggy banks and donate loose change. Students were provided four choices and
voted for their favorite charity. Although the Barbara Davis Center did not
win, in keeping with her charity theme “everybody is a winner,” this student took
$300 from her own savings (!) and distributed it equally to the Barbara Davis
Center for Diabetes, The Kempe Foundation, and The Anchor Center.
Troy and Stephanie Kunau have donated $500 on behalf of Justin Kunau to the Fund to Expand Access for Pediatric Care. More information about this and other opportunities to donate, please visit our Donate Now page.
Our faculty and staff are constantly amazed by the drive and
generosity of spirit of these small donors. There is nothing small about their gifts and every
donation is vitally important to continuing the research conducted at the