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Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

Affiliate - Department of Pediatrics

The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC) is one of the largest diabetes programs specializing in type 1 diabetes research and care (both for children and adults) in the world. The BDC is managed as a distinct administrative unit of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Our independent budget, fund raising, and endowments provide unique facilities and resources for clinicians, clinical researchers, and basic biomedical scientists working to help patients with type 1 diabetes. The Center provides state-of-the-art clinical diabetes care to 80 percent of children with diabetes in Colorado, 2,000 adults within the Rocky Mountain Region, and also receives national and international referrals.

Visit the Barbara Davis Center's website for further information.


  • Lori Sussel, PhD, served on the NIH study section for P30 Diabetes Center​ grants.

  • On June 2, 2016, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust gave the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC) $1.2M for a 12-month planning phase of new Autoimmunity Screening for Kids (ASK). In collaboration with a network of Denver metro pediatricians, the Children’s Hospital Colorado and community partners, we will develop and test the most efficient approaches to screening for pre-clinical type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. A 3-year mass screening, to start this summer, will include 50,000-70,000 Denver metro schoolchildren and will likely provide strong evidence for adding these tests to routine pediatric practice.