UPMC Children’s Endocrinology Division Partners With CMU in Richard King Mellon Foundation Grant

June 12, 2022

The UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University professor of Management Science and Health Care Informatics, Rema Padman, PhD, on a new $250,000 Richard King Mellon Foundation grant that will support a research study investigating an artificial intelligence-enabled mobile game to improve nutrition, physical activity, and health hygiene education and outcomes in children with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

Division chief Radhika Muzumdar, MD, and director of the UPMC Children’s Diabetes Program, Ingrid Libman, MD, PhD, are coinvestigators in the new study that will test a version of the game FooYa!, developed by FriendsLearn, and modified for diabetes (FooYa D) for use in this study, to see if it has an impact on the health and management of T1D in children.

“Healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and physical activity, are key components in the management of T1D, says Drs. Muzumdar and Libman. “We are excited to partner with CMU to find new ways to reach our patients, especially knowing that kids these days have grown up with technology.”