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The Conference Faculty

Michael Bliss, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Toronto. One of Canada's most renowned historians, a regular commentator on radio and television, and the author of many best-selling books, Professor Bliss will present the Banquet Keynote on The Discovery of Insulin. For his book, The Discovery of Insulin, he was awarded the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Jason Hannah Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, and the City of Toronto Book Award.

Betty Brackenridge, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Patient and Professional Education, Diabetes123, Phoenix, Arizona. Author of Diabetes 101 and Sweet Kids, books for people living with diabetes, and of numerous professional publications, Ms. Brackenridge is a powerful and entertaining speaker on both the human and medical aspects of living with and caring for diabetes.

Peter Chase, M.D., Clinical Director, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado. Dr. Chase has been the Clinical Director of the Barbara Davis Center since it opened in 1980. He has published over 150 research articles. His widely used Understanding Insulin Dependent Diabetes, also known as the Pink Panther Book, is in its ninth edition.

Michael Clare-Salzler, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, Internal Medicine, Diabetes Research Group, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Clare-Salzler is a clinical endocrinologist/diabetologist with training in basic cellular and molecular immunology. His current work involves studying the role of antigen presenting cells in the immunopathogenesis of Type 1 diabetes. In October, Dr. Clare-Salzler received one of the first research grants presented by the Children with Diabetes Foundation.

Crystal C. Jackson is a Paralegal/Legal Advocate of the American Diabetes Association's National Office in Alexandria, Virginia. She advocates for individuals who face discrimination by their school or employer because of their diabetes. Crystal was instrumental in the successful passage of school diabetes care legislation in Virginia which required the school district to provide certain accommodations to students with diabetes.

Francine Kaufman, M.D., Chair, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California Medical School. Dr. Kaufman is the President-Elect of the National American Diabetes Association and has authored over 100 articles on diabetes and abnormalities of sugar metabolism in children and youth.

William Quick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., C.D.E., Associate Medical Director for Drug Safety Surveillance, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Quick serves as Medical Director of Children with Diabetes and Diabetes123. A nationally-recognized expert in diabetes education, Dr. Quick is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. He has been a specialist in diabetes care and endocrinology for over twenty years.

Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, Private Practice, Baltimore, and Associate Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.

Stephanie Schwartz, R.N., M.P.H., C.D.E., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes123, Ann Arbor, Michigan. A specialist in diabetes care and education for many years, Ms. Schwartz coordinates the publication of questions sent to the Diabetes Team for Diabetes123 and Children with Diabetes. She has been an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has been a member of the Committee on Education Program Recognition of the American Diabetes Association.

Laura Shane-McWhorter, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., F.A.S.C.P., C.D.E., University of Utah, Sandy, Utah. An Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing, Dr. Shane-McWhorter teaches in the areas of diabetes and alternative medicines and provides diabetes education to underserved patients.

Kris Swenson, R.N., C.D.E., Patient and Professional Education, Diabetes123, Phoenix, Arizona. Designer of innovative and effective diabetes patient education programs and author of numerous publications for patients and professionals, Ms. Swenson is an extraordinary educator, combining "in-the-trenches" realism with strong patient advocacy.

Bernard Zinman, M.D.C.M., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.C.P. Director of the Leadership Sinai Diabetes Centre, Head of Endocrinology, Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. Both a practicing endocrinologist and active researcher, Dr. Zinman addresses everything from the challenges of the individual through the implications of cutting-edge research. He brings warmth and clarity to the most complicated aspects of diabetes care.

Family Discussion Facilitators

Sonia Cooper, Colorado. "I currently serve as President of the CWD Foundation. My sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 20 years ago, and my son was diagnosed at 20 months old. He uses an insulin pump and a Glucowatch biographer. We are thankful for our team at the Barbara Davis Center led by his doctor, H.Peter Chase, M.D. Our other two children have actively participated in prevention trials. I feel very fortunate to have been involved with Children With Diabetes since it was a very new web site and to have the great privelege of knowing the family that created this website, the Hitchcocks. I enjoy volunteering for the Children With Diabetes Foundation. I also volunteer for the JDRF and serve on their research Lay Review Committee where I have the opportunity to review the latest and best diabetes research and have the opportunity to meet the very best researchers in the field."

Nancy Crease, Colorado. "My husband of ten years has diabetes. I am also the mom of a 3 year old with diabetes who was diagnosed at 21 months and is now on an insulin pump. My 13 year old cousin also has diabetes. I was a technical recruiter prior to my daughter being diagnosed, and am now a stay at home mom."

Cheryl Finch, California. "Currently, I serve as Vice President of Diabetes123. My husband Don and I have two children, a daughter, age 14, diagnosed with diabetes at age 8, and a son aged 16. A pharmacist by training, I have experience with both the medical and personal side of diabetes. In my journey to better understand diabetes, I've learned that medical knowledge and understanding of diabetes are important, but the emotional and psychological aspects of living with diabetes are the keys to success."

Michael Komondy, New Jersey. "On March 4, 1993 my father Donald passed away due to complications from diabetes. On December 19, 1998, at age two, my son Donald was diagnosed. I have a wonderful wife, Carol, and a beautiful daughter, Mary Rose, 5. Children With Diabetes helped me by helping my wife. I have lived with this dreadful disease in my family my whole life; she was new to all this. CWD offered her a place to learn more about diabetes and offered support that can only come from those who live with diabetes."

Greg Larimore, North Carolina. "I have been married for eight years to my wonderful wife, Linda. We have three children, Daniel, Matthew, and Ashley. We were only fortunate to be Matthew's Dad and Mom for 30 precious days in June and July of 1998. Ashley, Matthew's twin sister, is 3. She is a Children's Miracle Network child, having been born weighing 1 lb. 12 oz. Daniel, 6, was diagnosed type 1 in April 1999. So we still consider ourselves rookie diabetic parents who have much to learn. Our family has seen first hand the miracles that arise from a combination of dedicated doctors and money for research. And CWD has given Daniel knowledge that he is not alone!"

Rita Martin-Crowley, New York. "I am an attorney in New York, and my husband, Dan, works for a large corporation in the city. We have two daughters, Colleen (7) and Claire (11). In my spare time, I am President of the Mothers' Club at my daughters' school. Colleen was diagnosed with diabetes in October 1997 and has been on an insulin pump since May 2000. For a year, we coped with diabetes on our own, then we found the Children With Diabetes website. The information, sharing, love, support, and friendship has meant the world to our family. The fact that Colleen is now a "pump girl" is a direct result of the information we received from the Children With Diabetes website. Our family was thrilled to attend Orlando 2000 and finally meet our web family in person!"

Julia Mattingly, Kentucky. "My husband, Ed, and I have 3 children… Hannah (5), Ethan (3), and Eddie (17). Ethan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on July 13, 1997 when he was 10 months old. I joined the Children With Diabetes web site for parents in July 1998. It was probably one of the best things I could have done for Ethan and myself. It has been the best source of information, support, and friendship I have gotten anywhere. I have truly made friends for life. I can have a problem or question and have an answer in 'virtually' minutes. There is always someone there."

Clare Rosenfeld, Oregon. Clare is the National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association. Clare's idea to create this position was to help raise diabetes awareness and unite youth to become advocates for diabetes. Inspiring young people to get involved in finding our cure and encouraging our government to fully fund Diabetes have been Clare's primary goals this year. Clare is an inspirational Teen who sets an example of how to take care of your health and make a difference!

Kari Rosenfeld, Oregon. Take it from a Mom who has "been down the road" with diabetes -- literally! Kari and Clare (National Youth Advocate for the ADA) have traveled over 90,000 miles this year sharing with kids how to take good care of their health and empowering them to get involved in finding a cure for diabetes. From raising an "over-achiever" to "making our family fair" with siblings, Kari has practical experience and down-to-earth and sometimes humorous tips on family life with diabetes.

Lee Shekter, Rhode Island. "I am a scientist at a biotechnology company, using computers to help design new drugs. My wife, Alicia, is an assistant professor of biostatistics at Brown University in Providence, which we call home. We have two wonderful boys: Dylan (18 months as of 3/01) and Jacob (3 yrs). Jacob was diagnosed in March 2000, 2 months after his 2nd birthday. We were lucky to find the CWD web site right away; it's been a great resource. We all had a great time at the first CWD Conference last year. The boys really loved having their picture taken with the Pump Girls. Everyone we met was supportive and friendly, and taught us a lot about how to take care of Jacob. We are all looking forward to the CWD 2001 Conference and Expo this summer."

Diabetes Research Institute Presenters

Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Kenyon is also the Associate Director of Research and Program Development, Director of Pre-Clinical Islet Transplantation and Co-Director of the Cell Transplant Center at the Diabetes Research Institute. She is the first recipient of the Martin Kleiman Investigator Award. Dr. Kenyon's specialty is transplant immunology. The sudden and dramatic onset of type 1 diabetes in her 14-month-old daughter prompted her return to the DRI in 1994. Dr. Kenyon's primary area of research centers around the delineation of islet cell transplant protocols which lead to long-term acceptance of donor islets, with the ultimate goal of defining strategies to achieve a state of donor specific tolerance. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association, the American Society of Hematology, and the Cell Transplant Society.

Robin Nemery, M.D. is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist, and serves as the Division Head of Pediatric Endocrinology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. She is also as Voluntary Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami. A highly respected physician in her field, Dr. Nemery is a recognized innovator of diabetes management methods in children, and is noted for her success with children on the insulin pump.A recipient of numerous honors from her peers and various professional associations, she was nominated 1998 as one of the "Best Doctors" in the Southeast U.S., and is named in Miami Metro magazine's 1999 Top Doctors Survey Peer Review. Dr. Nemery has presented at many professional conferences, has published many articles in prestigious medical journals, and holds memberships in numerous professional societies.

Tom Karlya has been in the diabetes battle since 1992 when his daughter Kaitlyn was diagnosed at the age of 29 months. He presently is the Senior Development Director for the Diabetes Research Institute from the University of Miami Medical Center and handles the northeast part of the US with his office out of Manhattan. He also is an actor having appeared at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in Summer of the 17th Doll and for 12 years he was part of the New York Company of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding. He has been on Current Affair; Access Hollywood; Entertainment Tonight and virtually every other television magazine show. On Television he has also appeared in NYPD Blue; Spin City; The Bill Cosby Show, Unsolved Mysteries; America's Most Wanted; Law & Order and numerous commercials. He has just finished his first novel entitled Code 13, but they don't Fall Down and is currently working on a feature film about a child with diabetes. He is from Long Island where he lives with his wife, Jill and their three children; Bobby age 5, Kaitlyn age 10 and T.J. Age 13.

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