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Friday, July 11, 2003 Program for Parents and Adults

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

New Developments on the Horizon
Presenter: Steve Edelman

Over the past several years, we have seen an explosion of new drugs and devices for people with diabetes including new and effective oral medications, designer insulins, fast and easy to use glucose meters, and insulin pumps and pens. We even now have a watch that measures glucose through the skin every 10 minutes with many more developments coming. This session will highlight these advances and give all of us with diabetes hope for the future.

Parents of Pumpers Discussion Group
Facilitator: John Walsh, Barbara Schreiner

Pumping insulin has its own set of challenges on a daily basis. Join other parents of pumpers to discuss what works for you, what doesn't, and what we might all be doing better!

I'm Going to College - Now What?
Presenter: Satish Garg, Richard Rubin

Throughout the school-age years, and even into high school, kids rely on their parents for a lot of support and structure with regard to diabetes management. And then they go to college. Whether that college is 5 minutes from home or across the country, it introduces a new set of responsibilities and, for the parent (and perhaps the student), worries. Will he remember to test often enough? How many carbs are in dorm food? Who will test her blood glucose in the middle of the night? Join our presenters to talk through some of these concerns and learn some strategies that work.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Snack Break in Fiesta 6-10

10:45 - 12:00 noon

Diabetes Research Institute Update
Presenter: Elizabeth Fenjves

Diabetes Research Institute scientists have been making tremendous advances toward a cure, and the promise of islet cell transplantation has never been greater. Learn about the pioneering work that has been done, and the new and exciting research underway at the Diabetes Research Institute focused on overcoming the few challenges that remain to making islet transplantation available to those now living with diabetes.

Celiac and Other AutoImmune Disorders
Presenters: Ragnar Hanas and Mike Schurig

Type 1 diabetes often goes hand in hand with other autoimmune disorders, which might appear in either the child with type 1 or a sibling. Celiac commonly co-occurs with type 1 diabetes. It poses significant dietary and health challenges. Learn more about the mechanism behind celiac and other disorders, and how to approach these challenges in your family.

Choosing the Right Infusion Set
Presenter: Natalie Bellini

Choosing an insulin pump is only one of the important decisions that goes into successful pumping. Just as important is the selection of the infusion set. There are so many different kinds--how do you choose what type will work the best for you or your child? Join Natalie and find out.

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break in Fiesta 6-10

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Complications: What You Should Know
Presenter: Satish Garg

Most of us have read the literature on the potential for complications with diabetes, and it can be frightening. If a child's blood glucose levels are well-controlled, what are the chances that complications could develop later in life? What is the ideal A1c range to minimize the chances of complications? Learn about the early warning signs of complications, screenings your child should have to identify potential problems, and how you can be proactive in managing them.

Food Issues: A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Hope Warshaw, Mike Schurig, Stephanie Schwartz

Food issues in your family may be simple or complex. In any case, they can be daunting. What should you do with a child that won't eat breakfast? How does a family handle celiac or other food allergies? What should you do with a child who is constantly hungry? How can you survive "special days" like birthday parties and sleepovers? Join this panel of experts to discuss… and bring your questions and ideas!

Being an Advocate is Good Therapy
Facilitator: Ellen Ullman

We've all been there - the new emotions we experience after a diabetes diagnosis - shock, anger, fear, grief… and then what? Come participate in a dynamic and interactive discussion to learn about and share the things you can do to channel your emotions in positive and productive ways through active involvement.

Type 2 Research Update
Presenter: William Quick

The epidemic of type 2 diabetes - what will it mean? Are the majority of us destined to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in the future? Are there ways to prevent or delay its onset? Do the new medications work? Join CWD Medical Director Bill Quick to discuss the latest research. This session is sponsored by Pfizer.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Snack Break in Fiesta 6-10

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Discrimination Issues
Presenter: Crystal Jackson

Whether it happens in school, in the community, or on the job, people with diabetes may be on the recipient end of discrimination. Join ADA paralegal Crystal Jackson to discuss discrimination situations to watch out for and what to do about them. Bring questions for discussion.

Advanced Pumping Concepts
Presenter: John Walsh

This presentation is for people who have been pumping at least several months and are comfortable with the basic concepts of pumping insulin. Learn how to maximize the functions of your insulin pump and how you utilize them to get the best control ever!

Dad's Discussion Group
Facilitators: Neal Billetdeaux, Bob Esterhay

Bring your questions, stories, and sense of humor to this Dad's-Only discussion group. CWD will contact conference participants ahead of time to learn the issues you are most concerned with and would like to discuss.

Parents of Teens Discussion Group
Facilitator: Satish Garg

Independence. Late nights out. First jobs. High school. Driving. Dates. These are just a few of the things that teens become involved in when they leave the relative structure of those younger years. And, as parents, these are the exact same things that we worry about. And more! Come join the discussion.

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