NEWS | November 27, 2018

Home-based telemedicine project for children with diabetes awarded at national conference

(SACRAMENTO)

Stephanie Crossen, an assistant professor of pediatrics and a Clinical and Translational Science Center scholar, received the Judges’ Award for her exceptional presentation on the use of home-based telemedicine to improve care delivery for pediatric patients with poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes. She was recognized at the Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health‘s Telehealth Research Symposium in San Diego Oct. 24.

Stephanie CrossenCrossen’s study aims to determine whether telehealth visits every four-to-eight weeks can ultimately help children reduce their A1C levels, a measure of blood sugar level control.  Before each visit, participants send their glucose meter data electronically to the physician for evaluation. Children with higher A1C levels, receive more frequent telehealth visits. The project also is assessing the time and cost-savings involved in providing telehealth visits versus traditional in-person visits.  

Selected as CTSC KL2 scholar in 2017, Crossen believes the scholars’ program has provided essential financial support and mentorship that allowed her to design and conduct a novel clinical trial of home-based telemedicine care for pediatric type 1 diabetes patients.

“The experience I have gained through the KL2 program and the findings of my research project have positioned me well to apply for independent research funding from the NIH,” she said. “I am immensely grateful for program, which has launched my career as a clinical-translational researcher.”

James Holmes, professor and vice chair of research in the emergency medicine department and co-principal investigator of the CTSC KL2 award, agrees.

“We are very excited for Dr. Crossen and congratulate her on this award,” Holmes said. “She is an outstanding scholar and we expect her to continue this pathway of discovery to improved diabetes care in children.”

Since its inception in 2007, the CTSC KL2 has graduated more than 31scholars. The grants support highly qualified junior faculty to conduct mentored, multidisciplinary, patient–oriented clinical research. Scholars develop exceptional skills through research training, workshops, individualized coursework as well as program study and partnering with senior investigators from diverse backgrounds.

The CTSC’s Research Education, Training and Career Development program is committed to developing the next generation of independent, highly successful academic faculty and advancing the UC Davis Schools of Health. This includes efforts to redirect the institutional culture to promote team science and enhance quality mentoring in human health sciences. Through the KL2 program and other education and training programs, the CTSC supports research education and training on the institutional level.

The CTSC is currently accepting applications for the KL2 grant for a June 2019 appointment.

To learn more about the NIH-funded CTSC KL2 Training Grant and current requirements, visit the CTSC Education and Career Development website or contact Donna Van Dolah, academic program management officer, at dlvandolah@ucdavis.edu for more information.