Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and licensed clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience in diabetes research as well as in clinical work with youth with diabetes and their families. She has published extensively on the relationships between emotional and family factors with adherence and medical outcomes in youth with diabetes. Dr. Anderson is currently working with two multi-site NIH-funded trials-one with youth with type 1 and families and the other with youth with type 2 and families. Dr. Anderson is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, and Senior Psychologist, Diabetes Care Center, Texas Children's Hospital.
Henry Anhalt, DO, FAAP, FACOP, FACE, CDE is the Director, Medical Affairs at Animas Corporation. Prior to his appointment at Animas he was Director, division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and at the Infant's and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Anhalt has published widely in both the lay press and the scientific literature on a variety of topics in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. He serves on the Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee of the Endocrine Society and the Public Policy Committee of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Anhalt maintains an active clinical practice in Hackensack, NJ and is known as a compassionate leader in diabetes care; he is a certified diabetes educator and champions the use of pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring technology in all children with diabetes. Dr. Anhalt is a sought after speaker and is often quoted in the Wall St. Journal, LA Times, and CNN. He lectures widely both in the United States and internationally.
Natalie Bellini, RN, CDE, has had Type 1 diabetes since she was a young child. Within a year of finishing nursing school, she started to care for people with diabetes, focusing first on diabetes in pregnancy then pediatrics and insulin requiring adults. She has worked on the medical side of camps for children and teens in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She has spoken nationally and internationally as an expert in both working with teens and their parents with diabetes as well as infusion set choice, usage and maintenance. Her fundamental goal when developing the teenage curriculum for Children with Diabetes conferences is that each and every teen that attends finds a passion in life and pursues it. She is currently attending Drexel University part time in order to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie is a senior territory manager with Animas Corporation and mom to her own teen, Erin, who is now a sophomore in college.
Jen Block, RN, CDE is a research nurse and diabetes educator at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology. She has had 10 years experience working in diabetes care and education in a variety of settings. She currently works in diabetes research in hopes of promoting the use of technology to make the lives of people with diabetes better. Her interest in diabetes care and research stems from her own diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes 12 years ago.
Betty Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE, Director of Professional Education for Diabetes Management and Training Centers, Inc. (DMTC) of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Past-President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and served a six-year term on the US Centers for Disease Control's Technical Advisory Committee on Diabetes. She has developed and delivered programs on clinical care and experiential learning in diabetes to health professionals in some 35 countries. She has also authored over 100 publications for both lay persons and professionals, the most recent ones being Draw Wide the Circle of Love: How to Unite Your Family in the Care of a Child with Diabetes and Diabetes Myths, Misconceptions and Big Fat Lies!, the patient text for DMTC's Discovering DiabetesTM adult patient education program. She is also the author, with Kris Swenson, of the Discovering Diabetes program and, with Dr. Richard Rubin, of Sweet Kids, a popular and highly regarded book for families that presents diabetes nutrition and self-care in the context of optimal family functioning. Betty is a long-time friend of Children with Diabetes and is the Coordinator of the Friends for Life Grandparents' Track.
Bruce Buckingham, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego, and did his pediatric and endocrine fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. On becoming an attending at CHLA, he had the pleasure of working with Dr. Fran Kaufman as she started her endocrine fellowship. He subsequently moved to the Children's Hospital of Orange County where he remained for 18 years. While at Orange County he had the opportunity to work with an incredible parent organization, the PADRE foundation. For the last 6 years he has been working at the Stanford Medical Center. He has a long standing interest in glucose sensors, and while at Stanford has conducted a number of studies using the GlucoWatch and Minimed CGMS. He is currently the Principal Investigator at Stanford for the mulitcenter NIH trial (DirecNet) to assess the use of glucose sensors in Children.
Bob Bulgarelli, D.O., is a cardiologist who specializes in Preventative and Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine. Bob is Director of Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine at Main Line Health System in Suburban Philadelphia. Bob is cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of, Mind Body Spirit Inc. MBS is a habit change company that addresses lifestyle change in a holistic manner. The program is geared toward (but not limited to) risk reduction for Cardiac patients, including diet, exercise, stress management, group support and spirituality amongst others. Bob did his formal training in Integrative Medicine and Cardiology with Andrew Weil MD at the University of Arizona. Bob has a particular interest in bringing his message of healthy lifestyle change to children and adolescents, and has been doing so as part of the CWD staff for several years.
Edward Damiano, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. His educational training is in the areas of biomedical and mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. His lab is engaged in basic scientific research that uses fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, and intravital microscopy to study blood flow in the microcirculation and to elucidate mechanisms by which the lining of blood vessels can determine vascular health and disease. In one study, his lab is investigating the effect of hyperglycemia in diabetic mice with the goal of finding ways to counteract the damage to blood vessels that leads to so many of the well-known complications of diabetes. In addition to this research, he is also committed to creating and integrating closed-loop blood-glucose control technologies. His interest in closed-loop control is quite personal, and began when his seven-year-old son, David, developed type 1 diabetes at the age of one. A goal of his is to have the control algorithm that was developed by one of his postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Firas El-Khatib, hard at work closing the loop for people with diabetes before David starts high school.
Dana Dignard, RD, CDE, has had type 1 diabetes for 24 years. She has 16 years of experience as a dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator working as a paediatric and adult educator at Centenary Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Two years ago, Dana had the exciting opportunity to begin working with Animas Canada as a Territory Manager in Ontario Central. She loves her new role with Animas and is looking forward to being part of the CWD family. Dana is also a busy mom to her two children Mathieu and Cassia and has all the help in the world from her husband Dan.
John Griffin is a lawyer who represents families with children and workers with diabetes. He is also a volunteer and Vice Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association. Mr. Griffin has helped eradicate bans against students and workers with diabetes. As Chair of the ADA's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, he led the effort to protect California school children with diabetes by insuring that these students would never be abandoned if they need help with their insulin. Mr. Griffin has insulin treated diabetes and has a sister and a niece with type 1 diabetes.
David M. Harlan, M.D., is the Chief, Islet and Autoimmunity Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health of the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Harlan has explored the immunopathological mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) for over 15 years, with studies spanning a range from test tube experiments, to animal model research, and to clinical trials. His focus in all that work has been the same however; to find ways to prevent T1DM for those at risk, and to ameliorate - or better - cure it for those already diagnosed. Dr. Harlan is the recipient of several honors and awards, is a sought after speaker, and has published more than 90 scientific manuscripts and chapters.
Michael Heile, MD, is a board certified Family Practice physician who has been practicing for over 11 years now currently with The Family Medical Group in Cincinnati Ohio. He has experience with intensive control of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes especially with the use of insulin, and has lectured on these topics extensively. He is a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Cincinnati Ohio, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has participated on many advisory boards for various pump and pharmaceutical companies especially related to diabetes. He wrote the forward for a book titled 28 Days To Diabetes Control by Lance Porter, Editor of Diabetes Positive Magazine, 1999. He is type 1 diabetic himself for 20 years now. He has run six marathons and is considered to be an exercise enthusiast. His passion is to help patients and diabetics to live the quality life that he feels so blessed to live.
Crystal Jackson is Associate Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association (ADA)'s National Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Her primary responsibility is managing the Association's Safe at School Campaign. Crystal is considered a national authority on the rights of students with diabetes and has spoken at conferences and forums throughout the United States and internationally on how to effectively advocate on behalf of students with diabetes, training hundreds of parent advocates, attorneys, and health care professionals. A parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal began her advocacy as a volunteer for ADA when she and another parent advocate teamed up to pass the first state diabetes school legislation in the country which provides comprehensive coverage for students with diabetes in Virginia. Simultaneously she pursued a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education resulting in a settlement that is a model for safe and effective diabetes care. Crystal is a former litigation paralegal with the Philadelphia law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel. She is a contributor to many diabetes publications including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Diabetes Education Program's school guide entitled "Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel" and the ADA's treatise on school issues: "Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes." Crystal is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council, serves on a number of other diabetes and youth advisory boards, and was most recently appointed to Novo Nordisk's U. S. DAWN Youth Study Advisory Board. She resides in Loudoun County, VA with her family.
Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH, Miss America 1999 works on diabetes advocacy and education worldwide. She has spoken in 49 states and 15 countries over the last 11 years about the importance of diabetes education. Nicole was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 19 while a sophomore at the University of South Florida. Since that time, Nicole has formed a consulting company and foundation that focuses on diabetes education and the public health impact of the disease. Her passions include diabetes research participation and pregnancy and diabetes. Nicole and her daughter Ava are active participants in TrialNet and TRIGR to try to learn about genetics and the family impact of diabetes. Presently, Ava has no antibodies that signal diabetes! Nicole is currently the Director of Communication and Education at the University of South Florida Diabetes Center and through the University is helping design what the next generation of diabetes centers will look and feel like. Nicole is working with Dr. Steve Klasko, CEO of USF Health and an Obstetrician, to finally write a book on diabetes and pregnancy. (The book will be finished in late fall 2009.) The book will compliment Nicole's work on preconception care with the University of Pittsburgh. A DVD on the topic will also be published soon. You can see Nicole each week as she hosts dLifeTV on CNBC, or you can find her columns on Diabetes Reality on the internet monthly at www.mycareteam.com and www.dlife.com. She has been attending CWD conferences since 2000.
Tom Karlya, Vice President of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, is commonly known throughout the diabetes community as Diabetes Dad, his pen name used virtually everywhere, including his monthly column which appears at www.dLife.com/diabetesdad. He has been active in diabetes causes since his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of 2. Tom has been introduced to the New York State Capitol, testified in Washington, D.C., appeared at diabetes-related events at the United Nations and has lectured, taught, and chaired many conferences, panels and keynotes about being a Diabetes Dad. He also received numerous commendations for his work in the Katrina efforts where he was instrumental in organizing relief efforts to over 10,000 people with diabetes. Tom was awarded The Jeff Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award from The Children with Diabetes in 2008. For 12 years as an actor, he starred in the New York City Production of Tony 'N Tina's Wedding, working with the original NY Company and also at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., in Summer of the 17th Doll. His film, lbs., was seen at the Sundance Film Festival, and he appeared in Unsolved Mysteries, Spin City, The Cosby Show, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, America's Most Wanted, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and other shows as well as numerous commercials. If you ask Tom he will tell you that above everything else, he's just a CWD Dad.
Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD, has had a 30 year distinguished career in the field of diabetes. In May, 2009, she became the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Clinical Diabetes for Medtronic Diabetes (Northridge, California). She is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California, and an attending physician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman has published more than 200 scientific articles and authored of 30 books or book chapters. In 2008, she edited the 5th edition of the ADA's The Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes. In 2005 her book, Diabesity, was published by Bantam. Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She served as chair of the Youth Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation. In 2007, she was Co-Chair of the Diabetes Work Group for the Department of Health Services of the State of California. In 2005, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Kaufman filmed a documentary for Discovery Health on the global diabetes epidemic.
Kim Kelly, Pharm. D., BCPS, FCCP, is President of Kelly Diabetes Associates, and former Director of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute-North America. Dr. Kelly has a lengthy and distinguished career involving patient care, academic medicine, and organizational involvement including President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Chairman of the ACCP Research Institute, and Board of Directors of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association. His research and experience have included a number of publications, participation on editorial boards and review panels of several journals, involvement in medical curriculum development, and various committees of professional organizations. Currently, his activities center around developing diabetes health management and educational programs for various health care providers and provider organizations. Delighted to work with children and teens alike, Dr. Kelly participated as a volunteer in the Orlando and Universal City Friends for Life conferences, where he became 'hooked' in working with the wonderful CWD kids and families. He joined CWD as 'regular faculty' in 2004, focusing on the Tween programming and providing presentations on various topics to parents as well.
Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., is the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Associate Director of Research and Program Development, Director of Pre-Clinical Islet Transplantation, and Director of the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research at the Diabetes Research Institute. Dr. Kenyon has concentrated her work in the area of transplant immunology, identifying the types of cells in the immune system that either enhance or inhibit the rejection process, and translating these findings into new therapies for patients. An established leader in islet transplantation in pre-clinical models, Dr. Kenyon's results have sparked great enthusiasm within the scientific community, and have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She and her team have focused on ways to transplant islets without the need for anti-rejection drugs (tolerance), and have conducted numerous studies using bone marrow and other methods to help recipients tolerate transplanted tissue. In addition, the team is now looking at agents that limit early loss of islets post-transplant, thereby decreasing the numbers of islets required to achieve insulin independence.
Jose Lopez is a law enforcement officer with twenty seven years of experience in a major metropolitan police department. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1985 as a rookie officer. His assignments as an officer with type 1 diabetes included patrol, investigations, undercover, SWAT, and he is currently a homicide detective lieutenant. A decorated officer, he was awarded his department's Officer of the Year and Gold Medal of Valor.
Paul B. Madden, MEd, Director of Advocacy & Education for Diabetes & Obesity for PepsiCo is a family counselor, diabetes educator, business developer, program manager and advocate for people living with and at risk of diabetes. He has served in numerous leadership positions before his role at PepsiCo. He was the Director, Professional Relations & Public Advocacy for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Paul has chaired several national and international meetings for professionals, parents, and young people with diabetes. Paul leads advocacy issues, opens business doors and nurtures relationships to gain maximum opportunities to help ensure more focused, successful efforts for people living with diabetes and the professionals, organizations and companies supporting diabetes care and research. He touches the soul of living with diabetes for patients, their families and their professionals.
Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM joined the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in October 2007. Serving as Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, he will develop innovative programs and strategies that will help Johnson & Johnson companies and the health care community better address the delivery of diabetes care around the world. Born in Hawaii, Dr. Moritsugu achieved Admiralty status within the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, was the Federal representative to numerous national health care agencies and consulted with several international organizations and governments. Before serving as Acting Surgeon General in 2006, Dr. Moritsugu was the Deputy Surgeon General and the principal assistant and advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General for nearly ten years. Having completed residencies in internal medicine and in preventive medicine, Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in preventive medicine and holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Health, and the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr. Moritsugu has Type 1 diabetes and appreciates the many challenges facing patients -- and diabetes professionals -- today.
Rick Philbin, MED, MBA, ATC, is the East Field Director for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in the Washington, DC area. He is currently on the board of directors of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Rick has been working with CWD for seven years presenting to parents, coordinating the sports programming for kids, and writing articles on the CWD website called the Sports Corner. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, he practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump. Rick lives in the Washington, DC area.
Arleen Pinkos, MT, ASCP, has worked as a clinical review scientist at the Food and Drug Administration since 1993. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Arleen has worked as a laboratorian and point-of-care testing coordinator at Veterans Administration Medical Centers in New Jersey and Maryland, consulted for physician office laboratories, and has managed a private physician referral service. Arleen has worked extensively with over-the-counter products at the FDA, including glucose meters and Continuous Glucose Monitors. She is also coordinating the FDA-NIH Artificial Pancreas Working Group.
William (Bill) Polonsky, PhD, CDE, is the president and founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization dedicated to tackling the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. A licensed clinical psychologist, certified diabetes educator and associate clinical professor in psychiatry, he has studied the psychological and behavioral aspect of diabetes for over 20 years. Dr. Polonsky has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional and lay publications, including Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Health. In addition to his many research publications, he is probably best known as the author of Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore, a popular book for patients, published by the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as senior psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston; faculty member at Harvard Medical School; and chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
Alberto Pugliese, MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Microbiology, and Head of the Immunogenetics Program at the Diabetes Research Institute. Since joining the DRI in 1994, Dr. Pugliese's research has focused on the causes, prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes. His work involves the analysis of genetic and immunological factors that lead to, or protect against, the development of type 1 diabetes. One area of clinical investigation is aimed at assessing prevention and intervention strategies in patients at increased risk of type 1 diabetes as well as those newly diagnosed. In another clinical research study, he is monitoring the recurrence of autoimmunity in transplanted patients and ß-cell regeneration in the context of autoimmune diabetes. At the basic science level, Dr. Pugliese has actively investigated the genetic and cellular mechanisms of immunological self-tolerance, that is, the body's recognition and acceptance of "self." The lack of self-tolerance results in autoimmunity. Insulin is a critical target of the autoimmune responses that cause type 1 diabetes. Dr. Pugliese's discovery that insulin is produced in the thymus (unrelated to blood sugar control) has highlighted a previously unknown mechanism for self-tolerance. In related studies, he identified a subset of dendritic (immune system) cells that also express insulin that have the potential for novel, cell-based therapies aimed at restoring self-tolerance in patients with diabetes. Dr. Pugliese has served on research grant review committees of the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and chaired the American Diabetes Association's Grant Review Panel. He is a member of several international research programs including Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet and Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium. Dr. Pugliese's research has been published in major international journals including Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Lancet, among other prestigious, peer-reviewed journals.
Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, past president of the American Diabetes Association, and Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a co-author of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. 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.
Stefan Rubin was diagnosed type 1 in 1979, at the age of seven and began insulin pump therapy three years later. He considers his experience an invaluable exercise and education that continue to prepare him for any hurdles that diabetes-and-life place in his path. Long a source of inspiration for his father, Dr. Richard R. Rubin, Stefan is co-author of two books, including 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, published in 2003 by the American Diabetes Association. Stefan also speaks locally and nationally in an ongoing attempt to share his outlook on living well with diabetes. Stefan and his wife Christine, live, work and play with their son Brooks and daughter Maisie in Baltimore, Maryland.
Harold Sanco is the 1998 United States National Master's Aerobic Champion and two time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition. He has been voted Washington, DC's "Best Instructor" by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. He is an internationally acclaimed instructor having taught in seven countries. His "Urban Funk" aerobics class has been highlighted in People, Allure and "W" magazines. At CWD conference, Harold helps kids and adults learn that exercising can be fun.
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, having had type 1 diabetes since 1985 and working as a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1993, knows the latest and best techniques for achieving optimal diabetes control. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gary has authored a book and dozens of articles, and speaks at local and national meetings on diabetes, fitness and motivation. Gary received the 1997 William Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Activities by the American Diabetes Association, as well as the 1998 Allene Van Son Award for the development of effective diabetes teaching tools by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2002, he was granted the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Research award for the study of basal insulin levels in pump users. Gary owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia, specializing in intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for people with diabetes.
Mike Schurig, MS, RD, LD, CDE, serves as Conferences and Content Manager for Children With Diabetes. As a diabetes educator, registered dietitian and person with type 1 diabetes since the age of 12, Mike has had extensive experience in diabetes education with kids and parents. Mike is active with local ADA activities, regional diabetes educator groups, and the CWD website. His interests are insulin pump education and technical advances in diabetes. Mike enjoys visiting the nearby theme parks and enjoying Central Florida with his wife Gayle and his daughter Allyson.
Scott K. Scolnick, MEd, is the Regional Manager for the SE US with Animas Corporation. He has had type 1 diabetes since 1975. Scott has been on a pump since 1996. Prior to his work with Animas, Scott received his Masters in Counseling Psychology and has Post Masters Training in Marriage and Family Therapy. He was a marriage and family therapist from 1985-1988. Scott developed and ran Child Adolescent Inpatient and Community based treatment programs from 1988-2000 in Virginia, Indianapolis, Texas, New Mexico, Greater Philadelphia area and Upstate New York. He specializes in using creativity and the imagination in problem solving and decision making. Scott believes in the ideas of empowerment and catching people doing right. He likes to challenge the way in which people think and act in order to help people thrive with diabetes.
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, was President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes, for over 10 years. He currently works for LifeScan, as Manager of Diabetes Counseling & Training and is a faculty member of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. Joe is healthcare professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 47 years, Mr. Solowiejczyk has been able to translate his personal experience into patient care. As a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist, he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact management of diabetes and designing interventions that result in more effective coping and optimal metabolic control.
John Walsh, PA, CDE is a Physician Assistant and Diabetes Clinical Specialist who has provided clinical care for patients with diabetes for 25 years. He specializes in diabetes care for people on pumps. He is co-author of Pumping Insulin, now in its fourth edition, Using Insulin, STOP the Rollercoaster, and The Pocket Pancreas. President of Diabetes Mall, he is also webmaster of diabetesnet.com, a highly trafficked source of diabetes information and technology visited by 6,000 people a day. John is a consultant for medical corporations and a frequent speaker on pump therapy, diabetes therapy, intensive diabetes management, and the future of smart pumps, meters and continuous monitors. John has worn a wide variety of insulin pumps for the last 23 years.
Stuart Weinzimer, MD, FAAP, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor's degree in molecular biochemistry and biochemistry at Yale University, and his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency and pediatric endocrinology training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weinzimer has focused his clinical and research on the application of continuous glucose sensors and insulin pumps in children with type 1 diabetes and the development of an artificial pancreas. He is the Principal Investigator of a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-funded study of an artificial pancreas for children with diabetes, and Principal Investigator at the Yale site for two multi-center studies of continuous glucose sensors. He and his wife, Jodie Ambrosino, PhD, who is a pediatric health psychologist studying stress and coping in families of children with diabetes, have two girls, Rebecca, age 10, and Eliana, age 2.
Jill Weissberg-Benchell, Ph.D., C.D.E., Pediatric Psychologist, Associate professor of Psychiatry, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. Author of numerous research articles, and a soon-to-be published book on transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Dr. Weissberg-Benchell works with children, teenagers and their families to facilitate adaptation and coping with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Charles E. Wiedmeyer DVM, PhD, DACVP is an assistant professor of veterinary clinical pathology at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. He earned his veterinary degree and PhD in veterinary pathology from the University of Illinois. In addition, he is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist. Dr. Wiedmeyer's specialty is applying technology to better monitor diabetic veterinary patients. His emphasis in this field is working with dogs and cats but has experience with horse, cows and pigs. Dr. Wiedmeyer has published several articles regarding the use of continuous glucose monitoring in veterinary patients and is considered the authority on this subject as it relates to veterinary medicine.
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