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DirecNet at Yale University

The Yale Children’s Diabetes Program cares for more than 1,000 children, adolescents, and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Over the last 3 years, we have been rated by U.S. News and World Report to be among the top Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Centers in the US, reaching #3 this past year. We have been at the forefront of diabetes research for the last quarter-century and have been part of the Diabetes Research in Children Network (DirecNet) since it began in 2001.  

The Yale DirecNet research team includes:
• Dr. Stuart Weinzimer, Principal Investigator
• Dr. William Tamborlane, Section Chief and Co-Investigator
• Dr. Jodie Ambrosino, Psychologist and Co-Investigator
• Kate Weyman, Research Nurse Practitioner
• Amy Steffen, Research Nurse and Coordinator
• Melinda Zgorski, Research Nurse

Most of the study-related activities, including diabetes visits, pump and sensor downloads, neurocognitive assessments, and blood sampling and processing, are conducted in our newly-renovated pediatric clinical and research center located at the Yale Pediatric Subspecialty Center at One Long Wharf.

The Yale DirecNet team has been studying the effects of diabetes on brain development in children since 2008.  The MRI scans are conducted at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), a state of the art facility located at the Anlyan Center at the Yale School of Medicine.  The MRRC is staffed with MRI technologists and technical assistants who have specialized experience and expertise in working with children.  We have already scanned 38 children for the first phase of this study.

Neurocognitive Testing
The cognitive testing for this study is conducted by Jodie Ambrosino, PhD, the psychologist of the Yale Children’s Diabetes Program.  Dr. Ambrosino, a pediatric health psychologist, works extensively with children with diabetes and their families, and has particular expertise and experience in working with children and families to prepare for MRI scans.