News and Activities

Silva Arslanian, MD, and members of her team have been invited lecturers at various international congresses. Additionally, Dr. Arslanian has chaired several of these events and is the recipient of numerous awards for her seminal work in pediatric type 2 diabetes. She has also been invited to sit on several important advisory boards, including:

  • Scientific Advisory Board European Commission, EU-FP7, Beta-JUDO Grant 279153 (Beta Cell Function in Juvenile Diabetes and Obesity)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Institut d’Investigacions Biomediques de Girona (IDIBGI), Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Endocrine Fellows Foundation Forum (past board member)

Recent Grants Awarded

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded a grant for Brain Health Across the Metabolic Continuum in Youth at Risk for T2D, a study on which CPROM Scientific Director Silva Arslanian, MD, is a Principal Investigator. About the grant. 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded a grant for Behavioral Economics for Activity Motivation in Adolescents and Young Adults with Pediatric Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, led by CPROM Physcian Scientist Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP. About the grant. 

The American Heart Association awarded a 2021 Career Development grant to Thiago Bruder do Nascimento, PhD, to provide three years of funding for the research project Progranulin on Kawasaki Diseases-induced Vascular Damage.

The Research Advisory Committee of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh awarded Thiago Bruder do Nascimento, PhD, a UPMC Health System Startup grant for his investigation, Mitochondria Recycle in Arteries of a Mouse Model of Kawasaki Disease.


Invited National & International Lectures

Silva Arslanian, MD


Pediatric Grand Rounds, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
Virtual Meeting

  • Youth Type 2 Diabetes: 2022 Update and Beyond

12th Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Congress
Virtual Meeting

  • Management of T2D in Children

8th Annual Endocrine Fellows Foundation Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Research Forum
Virtual Meeting

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Contrast between Youth and Adults

Resident Conference and Grand Rounds, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Virtual Programs

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of PCOS in Adolescent Girls (Resident Conference)
  • Youth Type 2 Diabetes in 2022: Pathophysiology, Management and Beyond (Grand Rounds)


Biostatistics Center Seminar, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Virtual Program

  • Type 2 Diabetes Across the Lifespan: Who is worse off?

Egyptian Society of Pediatric Endocrinology Congress Annual Conference
Virtual Meeting

  • New Trends in Diabetes Management in Children

University Wide Endocrine Conference, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Type 2 Diabetes Across the Lifespan: Who is Worse Off, Youth or Adults?

81st Scientific Sessions, American Diabetes Association, Professional Interest Group Discussion on Diabetes in Youth
Virtual Meeting

  • Identification and Management of Prediabetes in Youth: Pros vs. Cons

Pediatric Endocrine Lecture Series, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Youth Type 2 diabetes in 2021: Pathophysiology, Management and Beyond

ENDO 2021, Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Metabolic and Reproductive Disorders of Puberty Symposium
Virtual Meeting

  • Long-Term Implications of Metabolic Syndrome in Adolescents

International Congress of Endocrinology
Virtual Meeting

  • Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Children

7th Annual Endocrine Fellows Foundation Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Research Forum
Virtual Meeting

  • Type 2 Diabetes Across the Lifespan: Who is Worse Off, Youth or Adults?

8th International Conference of Endocrine and Diabetes, Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Virtual Meeting

  • Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: Lessons Learned Along a Rocky Road

Kara Hughan, MD


American Diabetes Association
Orlando, Florida

  • Oral Sodium Nitrite Improves Insulin Sensitivity, Blood Pressure, and Arterial Thickening in Adults with Uncontrolled Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome


Adolescent Theory Course Seminar, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing DNP Program
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Adolescent Obesity, Weight Management, and PCOS

Nutrition Center and Integrated Health Seminar Series, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Oral Nitrite Modulation of Hypertension, Endothelial Function, and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans

Nour Gebara, MD


ENDO 2019, Endocrine Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Metabolic Inflexibility in Obese Versus Lean Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Is PCOS Status or Adiposity the Critical Factor?, a platform presentation.



Silva Arslanian, MD

  • Kuehnle Visiting Professorship, 11th annual (2022), Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • John F. Crigler Lecture Award, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
  • European Medicines Agency, Expert Consultant Pediatric Committee Meeting
  • Hans Zellweger Lecture Award. The 42nd Middle East Medical Assembly
  • The American University of Beirut (AUB) Alumni Association Gold Award for Academic Achievement, Beirut, Lebanon
  • The Pfizer “Scholar Scientist” Visiting Professor Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Jacques-Raymond Ducharme Lecture, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Université de Montréal, Hospital Sainte-Justine, Montréal, Canada

Henry Dong, PhD

  • American Diabetes Career Development Award
  • American Diabetes Association Islet Cell Replacement Research Award

Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP

  • Nominated and selected as Cohort Participant for the Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research Program 2021-2022, sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research
  • Presidential Poster Awards, Pediatric Endocrine Society, 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, with mentees, Yesenia Sanchez-Kleinberg, MD, and Melinda Danowitz, DO, MS