The CWD Friends for Life conference returned to the DC area, and enjoyed a sell-out crowd on a very snowy (surprise!) weekend. The conference, held April 6-8 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, drew several hundred participants largely from Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. Interestingly, it was the first conference in which type 1 adults outnumbered type 1 children!
Many thanks to our wonderful presenters and discussion facilitators - your expertise is unmatched, and you have a real talent for helping families and individuals with type 1 understand the most challenging concepts. The conference featured two keynote presenters, Ed Damiano and Andrew Deutscher, as well as Will Cross, who was the featured dinner keynote presenter.
For the first time, we offered a platform for DPAC -- the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition -- to present a full day of advocacy-related. Sessions included an exploration of the role of the FDA in both regulation and innovation, led by Stayce Beck, PhD, MPH; a frank discussion on the very serious negative consequences of CMS's Competitive Bidding process for glucose monitoring test strips, led by Gary Puckrein, PhD (see the abstract Dr. Puckrein's paper on the topic); and a panel discussion about how the entire community -- FDA, industry, academia, and patients -- can work together to bring advanced diabetes care technology to market.
The Nightscout team joined us for several sessions on Sunday, including ‘CGM in the Cloud: Tomorrow's Solutions Today’ and ‘A Day in the Loop with Nightscout,’ as well as an installation workshop. Presenters Korey Hood, Diana Naranjo, Gary Scheiner, Henry Rodriguez, Kerri Sparling, and Crystal Woodward offered a wide range of topics, discussions, and hands-on experience for those new to diabetes management, and those who have been at it a long time and are looking for new and cutting-edge ideas.
To the Youth Program leaders and staff - thank you for your enthusiasm, energy, and talent. Your commitment is appreciated by all. The kids had such a great time and learned so much!
To our wonderful sponsors: Tandem Diabetes Care, Dexcom, Inc., Abbott Diabetes Care, Animas, Insulet, Roche Diabetes Care, JDRF, and the American Diabetes Association -- thanks for continuing to believe in CWD and for supporting our mission to reach ever more families with life-changing conferences. You make a difference.
Jo Stroud and Kristen Seiz – thanks for all of your hard work with the food and beverage, including all of the carb counts, portion sizes, and attention to food allergies. Everything was yummy. Well done.
Julia Mattingly, Brenda Hitchcock, Scott Kyllo, room captains and support team – thanks for keeping everything at registration and in sessions running smoothly!
To everyone else behind the scenes - you work so tirelessly, with the goal of a seamless conference. Most people don't know how much elbow grease goes into a weekend event. And that's the beauty of it. You have our most humble thanks. Hope to see everyone next year, October 6-8, 2017!
And with that, the weekend in photos ...
CWD families take advantage of the latest technology -- like CGM
Will Cross challenged us all to find our personal summit
Expert panelists from the final advocacy session
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