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Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
The Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children's Hospital has been at the forefront of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes research since the 1920s. St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) was the first pediatric institution in the United States to utilize insulin to treat children with diabetes mellitus. The Division of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology has continued to be at the forefront of diabetes and has been part of the Diabetes Research in Children Network (DirecNet) since 2008.

The Washington University DirecNet research team includes:

Dr. Neil H. White, Principal Investigator
Dr. Ana Maria Arbelaez, Co-Investigator
Dr. Tamara Hershey, Co-Investigator
Lucy Levandoski, Study Coordinator
Tasha Doty, Research Assistant 

Diabetes and Neurocognitive Testing
Most of the study-related activities, including diabetes visits, pump and sensor downloads, neurocognitive assessments, and blood sampling and processing, are conducted in our Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (PCRU) located at St. Louis Children's Hospital. We have the experience and infrastructure to provide comprehensive neurocognitive and behavioral testing for children and youth with Diabetes at our institution.


The Washington University DirecNet team has a trajectory of studying the effects of diabetes on brain development in children under the leadership of Dr. Tamara Hershey.  The MRI scans are conducted at the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR), which is a state of the art imaging facility adjacent to SLCH. The CCIR MRI technologists and our study team have specialized experience in working with infants, children and families to prepare them for MRI scans.