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National Diabetes Education Program gets new chairman


WASHINGTON — A joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new chairman.

John Buse of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine was appointed chair of the National Diabetes Education Program for a two-year term on Jan. 1. Buse succeeds Martha Funnell, who is a researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, as well as co-director of the Behavioral, Clinical, and Health Systems Intervention Research Core at the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center.

NDEP has engaged public and private partnerships to improve diabetes management and outcomes, to promote early diagnosis and to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in the United States and its territories. The program was established in 1997.

"Our nation is facing a diabetes crisis. The disease is affecting more people and at younger ages. The NDEP plays a unique role in bringing together diverse stakeholders to foster cooperation and collaboration to translate research-proven approaches to prevention and therapy into action by patients, providers and communities," said Buse.

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