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CWD is pleased to announce a day of Focus Groups at the Friends for Life Conference. The focus groups will be held on Wednesday, July 14, and will be located in the Sheraton Universal in Terrace Rooms A, B, and C.

What is a Focus Group?
A focus group is a small gathering of people with the purpose of discussing one particular topic or "focus." In our case, the focus groups will be about 25 people each, and may discuss a new product in development, a product already on the market (and the company wants feedback), a particular method of diabetes management… or it may focus on a specific age group (i.e., how do teens feel about pumping or blood glucose testing?).

What is the Schedule?
Focus groups will be held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. They will last 90 minutes each. Refreshments will be provided (snacks and beverages) during each meeting.

The current schedule is:

Starting Time Vendor, Topic, Ages
9:00 am Diabetech
Stop the micro-managing! Brand new technology on the market takes the worry out of keeping the care team informed by automatically transmitting meter results to cell phones, pagers and email. Come discuss and discover how this cutting edge technology is paving the way for better outcomes and making life easier for children with diabetes and their parents.

11:00 am Medtronic MiniMed
Join Medtronic MiniMed representatives to discuss the evolution of the insulin pump to an Integrated Wireless Diabetes Management System. Medtronic MiniMed staff will demonstrate the Paradigm(r) Wireless Diabetes Management System and discuss future sensor-augmented insulin pump technology that will allow patients to receive real-time glucose readings and make immediate diabetes management adjustments. Medtronic MiniMed would like your feedback, including your likes, dislikes, and hopes and dreams for future technology. This session is for parents of pumpers, young adults and adult pumpers.

11:00 am Unomedical
Join CWD teen facilitators and representatives from Unomedical in Denmark to discuss pumping and infusion sets. Unomedical will show its new infusion set and would like your feedback. Also, what do you enjoy about pumping? What is challenging? If you could change one thing about your infusion set, what would it be? This session is for teens (12-18 please).

1:00 pm LifeScan
Join representatives from LifeScan to learn how the OneTouch UltraSmart meter gives you more than a result! Did you know that it automatically organizes results in charts and graphs? This allows you to focus on the areas most important to you. And, for families who want even more options for pattern analysis, OneTouch Software provides a personal overview of your diabetes trends in easy to read reports. Get ready to learn, share and give feedback!

1:00 pm Smiths Medical Deltec
Join Smiths Medical Deltec representatives to discuss infusion set likes, dislikes, wants, and dreams. Deltec staff will show you some new concepts for people to try and evaluate. This session is for parents of pump wearers and teens of all types of insulin pumps, not just Cozmo pumpers.

1:00 pm Can-Am Care
Can-Am wants your feedback! This focus group will address different forms of glucose delivery (tabs, gel, etc.) and flavors. What’s your favorite? Innovative ideas for kid "friendly" syringes will also be discussed. The desired audience is children with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 8 to 14 years. A parent needs to participate with the child.

3:00 pm Animas
Join representatives from Animas Corporation for a look at the new Animas IR1200 insulin pump.

3:00 pm Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Having a loved one with diabetes, how do you stay informed about diabetes-related issues that are important to you? Join representatives from the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation to discuss communication and action.

3:00 pm Novo Nordisk®
Please join Novo Nordisk® representatives as they discuss planning and managing a family vacation. Whether it is a day trip to an amusement park or a week at the shore, let's take the apprehension out of traveling. Also to be discussed is the availability of an emergency kit, to ensure that all areas of concern have been planned for while traveling. This session is for young adults and parents only, please.

How do I sign up?
You must currently be registered for the conference to sign up for a focus group. Any member of your family may participate. Children under 12 should not participate unless it is a focus group specifically for children, or for adults and children. You may participate in more than one focus group. To sign up, please send an email to and indicate:

If multiple members of your family would like to participate in focus groups, please indicate the above for each person. Otherwise, we don't know who wants to go to which session.

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a group is full, we will so indicate on this webpage.

For more information, call Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 (eastern time).

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