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Welcome to the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC)

Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

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
Executive Director 

The Barbara Davis Center for 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)​.
Clinicians, 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.

Carousel of Hope 2018

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, event chair Barbara Davis hosted her iconic Carousel of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. This year’s gala raised over $1.9 million with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.  The event raised awareness for people living with type 1 diabetes.  In a symposium earlier that day, scientists discussed challenges in implementing diabetes technologies and developing biomarkers for prevention of type 1 diabetes.  The gala, a Hollywood institution since 1978, honored longtime supporter Robert De Niro with the “Brass Ring Award” for his philanthropic efforts and continued dedication to the cause. The award was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes.  Patrons of the evening were treated to show-stopping performances by legends Gladys Knight, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and David Foster as well as Pia Toscano, Shelea Frazier, and Fernando Varela.  The always-entertaining Jay Leno reprised his role of Master of Ceremonies.​