1. Wolverine Caucus: Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

    Mark Rivett posted July 31, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    It is widely known that diabetes is among the leading causes of death In the United States. And the American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $347 billion in 2017. The financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes continues to increase.

    In this era of medical breakthroughs, new research suggests that those who have developed type 2 diabetes may actually be able to reverse the disease with weight loss, diet changes and exercise! Over the last 20 years, researchers have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of dietary fats and carbohydrates in the development of diabetes. New lower cost technologies that provide users easy and accurate continuous glucose monitoring is dramatically changing the way type 2 diabetes is managed, and this bodes well for future prevention of this disease. Please join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Caroline Richardson as she provides us insightful research on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson; Associate Chair for Research Programs

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson is professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a health services and implementation researcher with a focus on incorporating physical activity promotion into primary care clinical practice for individuals with chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary artery disease, COPD and back pain. Until May 2015, Dr. Richardson was director of the VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center that coordinates implementation research related to diabetes care and diabetes prevention nationally at the VA. Dr. Richardson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1994. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001.

  2. Wolverine Caucus – Artificial Intelligence (AI): Where Are We, Where Are We Going, and What Should We Be Worrying About?

    Mark Rivett posted March 21, 2019

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    Are you looking forward to driverless vehicles, robots, computers and machines that guide your life? Fasten your seatbelt, for we are headed into the AI age. Recent years have witnessed tremendous progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with significant impact on the fields of medicine, education, transportation and more. Advances made in AI include everything from machines that can learn and process language, robots that have vision and human-computer interaction, to cars that drive us autonomously. As we look at the current state of AI, and all of the implications for our lives, many wonder what the future holds. Please join us as University of Michigan experts share recent progress in Artificial Intelligence, and give us a road-map to what lies ahead and what we should know.

    rada mihalcea

    Rada Mihalcea, Professor EECS, College of Engineering

    Professor Rada Mihalcea is the Director of the University of Michigan AI Lab and the Language and Information Technologies group (LIT@UMich). Her work focuses on Natural Language Processing, Multimodal Processing, and Computational Social Sciences. Her research portfolio includes areas such as computational sociolinguistics, multimodal sensing and tracking of human behavior, joint modeling of language and vision, multilingual natural language processing, multilingual subjectivity, sentiment, and emotion analysis and computational humor.

    John E. Laird

    John E. Laird, John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

    Professor John E. Laird is the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the UM College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. He was a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1984 to 1986. Since 1986, he has been on the UM faculty. He is the founder of Soar Technology, an Ann Arbor company specializing in creating autonomous AI entities.

    Walter S. Lasecki

    Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
    Director, CROMA Lab
    Computer Science & Engineering, EECS (primary), School of Information

    Walter S. Lasecki is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the UM College of Engineering where he directs the Crowds+Machines (CROMA) Lab. He and his students create interactive intelligent systems that are robust enough to be used in real-world settings by combining both human and machine intelligence to exceed the capabilities of each. These systems help people become more productive, and improve access to the world for people with disabilities. Dr. Lasecki received his Ph.D and M.S. from the University of Rochester in 2015 and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2010. He has previously held visiting research positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Microsoft Research, and Google[x].

  3. Wolverine Caucus – Taking the Pulse of Older Adults: UM Poll on Healthy Aging

    Mark Rivett posted February 28, 2019

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Boji Tower, 1st Floor, Senate Hearing Room
    124 W Allegan St., Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    Wolverine Caucus March

    From left to right: Dr. Jeff Kullgren, Dr. Erica Solway, and Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson

    The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) is a recurring, na- tionally representative household survey launched in 2017, in partnership with AARP. The NPHA taps directly into the insights, experiences, and perspectives of older adults related to their health, health care, and health-related decision-making to better inform the public, providers, and policymakers on timely issues related to policy and practice. As life expectancy increases, and healthy aging is a goal we all share, please join us as Drs. John Ayanian, Erica Solway and Jeff Kullgren highlight key findings from recent NPHA reports on important healthy aging topics, including prescription drugs, dental care, opi- oids, health insurance, and loneliness.

    Featured speakers:

    Dr. Erica Solway

    Senior Project Manager, Healthy Michigan Plan evaluation, and Assoc. Director, National Poll on Healthy Aging

    Dr. Erica Solway is an associate director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. She also manages the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation’s evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan and other Medicaid-related projects. Before returning to U-M, Dr. Solway served as a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She received her master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public health as well as a Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan. She has a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Jeff Kullgren

    Jeffrey Kullgren, MS, MD, MPH

    Dr. Jeff Kullgren is a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. He is also an associate director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. John Ayanian

    Alice Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Medicine; Professor of Internal Medicine; Professor of Health Management and Policy; Director for Healthcare Policy and Innovation; Professor of Public Policy

    Dr. John Ayanian is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation which includes nearly 600 faculty members from 14 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Professor of Public Policy, and a practicing general internist. He has led influential studies of access to care, quality of care, and health disparities related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic factors, and insurance coverage. Dr. Ayanian earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in history and political science from Duke University, medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and master of public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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