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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Technology

A Southwest Regional Conference and Expo
January 3-5, 2003
Sheraton El Conquistador Resort
Tucson, Arizona

The Sheraton El Conquistador Resort

Relax at the pool

Outstanding golf abounds

Enjoy breathtaking scenery

Last Territory Steakhouse, site of Saturday's BBQ Dinner


Why technology?

Families who have children with type 1 diabetes face daunting challenges every day. At Children with Diabetes, we know this. We are parents of children with type 1 diabetes. We know that new technology can be confusing and frightening, yet key to improving our children's health.

We hope that the Focus on Technology conference will help you begin to answer some very important questions:

  • How does one balance the "tried and true" with new medical advances that might improve the care given our children or the quality of their lives?
  • When is it safe to leave the comfort zone of a regular and familiar routine to try something new on the market that just might improve daily control?
  • What exactly are the technological advances that consumers can expect to see in the next few years?
  • What is already on the market and available to family consumers?

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas and new technology with you.

Topics that will be discussed in the Saturday and Sunday sessions include:

  • Information and Data Management Systems
  • Alternate Insulin Delivery Systems and New Insulins
  • New Insulin Pump Technology
  • Alternate Site Testing
  • A1c Measurement Systems
  • Future Trends in Technology

In addition:

  • Join Betty Brackenridge, author of Sweet Kids,for an enlightening session called Making Sense of New Technology.
  • Meet Jeff Hitchcock, creator and editor-in-chief of the Children with Diabetes website.
  • Meet CWD Diabetes Team members, including Medical Director William Quick and Diabetes Team Editor Stephanie Schwartz, for discussion on these challenging technology topics.

Fun and interactive programming will be offered both Saturday and Sunday for school-aged children and teens. These sessions are not just for children with type 1 diabetes; they are appropriate for all youngsters! Diabetes educators and conference faculty will facilitate these sessions, and the children will be right nearby (in case of diabetes concerns). Younger children are welcome to accompany parents to the adult sessions.

The Program

The program is designed to run 3 sessions simultaneously during most of the weekend. There will be two-day educational tracks for adults and parents of children with type 1 diabetes, school-age children (ages 7 and up), and teens. Sessions are appropriate for health care professionals. For details of the conference program, continue to the Preliminary Program.

The Conference Resort

All conference sessions will be held at the beautiful Sheraton El Conquistador Resort, located at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains just northwest of Tucson. A variety of accommodations is available to conference participants, ranging from single/double rooms to casita suites. Each room has the following: bath amenities including bathrobes, television with remote control, Lodgenet, and Nintendo games, two telephones with voicemail and computer modem hookups, refreshment center, hairdryer, ironing board and iron, coffeemaker with coffee, locking screen door with patio or balcony, and in-room safe. Some larger suites have fireplaces (you need to request these). If you are interested in a larger suite, please contact Staci Stephenson at the El Conquistador directly to discuss the accommodations, 520-544-1120.

Rooms start at $159 per night. Please click on the registration link at the bottom of the page for a Registration Form.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on Technology conference will kick-off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with an Exhibitor's Reception, sponsored by LifeScan. This is a great opportunity for all conference participants (kids, too) to meet each other, browse the exhibits, have some great conversation, and enjoy some yummy hors d'oeuvres in the Turquoise Room at the El Conquistador Conference Center.

Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the Dos Locos area of the El Conquistador from 8:00-9:00. Saturday's breakfast is generously sponsored by Medtronic MiniMed, and Sunday's is sponsored by Animas Corporation. Exhibits will be open to browse while you sip that second cup of coffee (coffee refreshers will be in the exhibit area). Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00. Healthy snack breaks will be offered mid-morning in the exhibit area, courtesy of Deltec.

To promote a healthy and fun conference, CWD has scheduled the weekend so that afternoons are free to pursue outdoor adventures, weather permitting. A number of activities such as golf, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and tennis, are available right on the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort property. There is also a full service spa on site. Others activities, such as desert jeep tours, horseback riding, or exploring the Sonoran Desert Museum may be arranged through the Resort.

Saturday evening's dinner will be a mouth-watering outdoor BBQ at the Last Territory Steakhouse at the base of the Sheraton El Conquistador property, sponsored by TheraSense. Work up an appetite and come enjoy the company of new friends! This is also a great opportunity to ask questions of the conference speakers and exhibitors, as they will all be joining us for dinner. Bring a jacket or sweater - it gets a bit chilly at night in the desert!

Information on the Airport and Ground Transportation

Conference participants may fly into the Tucson International Airport or the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. It is advisable to rent a car if you fly into Phoenix, as the drive to the resort may take a couple of hours. From the Tucson airport, the Resort is a 20-30 minute ride by car or taxi.

Directions from the Tucson International Airport: As you exit the airport, you will be on Tucson Blvd. which veers left onto Benson Highway. Travel 3 miles north on Tucson Blvd and .6 miles northwest on Benson Highway to Kino Parkway and turn right (north). Travel .6 miles on Kino Parkway to the I-10 West freeway entrance. Travel 15.1 miles on I-10, take the Ina Road exit and turn right (east). Travel 5.2 miles on Ina Road to Oracle Road and turn left (north). Travel 4 miles on Oracle Road to El Conquistador Way and turn right (east). Travel .5 miles on El Conquistador Way and veer right on Lipscomb Way (El Conquistador entrance).

Directions from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix: As you exit the airport, follow the signs to I-10 east to Tucson. Exit left (east) on Tangerine Road, turn right (south) on Oracle Road. Turn left (east) on El Conquistador Way. Turn right on Lipscomb Way (El Conquistador entrance).

Try an Insulin Pump!

Come to the conference and try a pump! Pump companies will be offering this great opportunity for potential would-be pumpers to try a pump using saline. Anyone interested in wearing a pump (with saline) may do so Friday and Saturday at the conference. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline."

This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a specific pump company, contact the following individuals:

Cathy Carchidi, CDE, at 1-877-YES PUMP, extension 1183 or via email at

Annette Levron at 1-866-342-2322, extension 1003 or via email at

Marilyn Graff at 1-800-544-4734 extension 7201 or via e-mail at

Tricia Jansen at (612) 965-9467 or via e-mail at

Medtronic MiniMed:
Richelle Knudson at 1-800-999-9859 extension 2567 or via e-mail at

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