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Pitt’s Diabetes Institute Celebrates a Decade of Research

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 22, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI), established in 2000 to coordinate clinical, marketing and outcome aspects of diabetes care and support efforts to improve diabetes care for UPMC patients, is celebrating 10 years of dedication to diabetes research and education.

“For the last 10 years, our team has worked tirelessly to advance our knowledge of the best ways to care for patients with diabetes and how to best provide education and resources to this population of patients,” said Linda Siminerio, R.N., Ph.D., director, UPDI.

Physicians and researchers at the Institute have made considerable strides in the last decade to change the way patients are educated about their disease and have worked together to develop programs that have been replicated across the country. Among these, the most notable achievements are:

  • Created and tested models of health care delivery that focus on educating the community on how to prevent and treat diabetes
  • Developed the country’s largest diabetes registry for tracking and supporting patient statistics
  • To address the lack of access to endocrinologists in rural areas, UPDI developed a telemedicine program to reach patients who otherwise may not have easy access to specialist care
  • Developed and evaluated programs that address preventing diabetes in high risk groups
  • Established the UPMC Diabetes Centers – the largest network of diabetes centers in the United States that have been specially recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education
  • Recognized the need for patient education and developed a program to install diabetes educators in primary care physician practices to provide the wealth of information patients need to make informed health decisions

“An entire team of physicians and researchers has made our incredible progress over the last 10 years possible. I’m looking ahead to the next decade and am excited about the possibilities for where our research can take us. Our ultimate goal is to always provide the best quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Siminerio.

UPDI’s mission is to provide and promote high quality, comprehensive care to those affected by diabetes in western Pennsylvania. The Institute unites experts in the areas of endocrinology, education, epidemiology, patient and physician education, clinical care, health economics, behavioral science and rural medicine.

About the University of Pittsburgh

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