Juan Domínguez-Bendala, PhD, is Director of Stem Cell Development for Translational Research at the Diabetes Research Institute. Before joining the DRI faculty, he worked at the Roslin Institute (Scotland, UK), known for the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Dr. Domínguez-Bendala obtained his PhD there and acquired considerable experience in the areas of nuclear transfer, embryonic stem cells, embryo micromanipulation and state-of-the-art genetic engineering techniques. Dr. Domínguez-Bendala is currently involved in several projects that focus on the use of embryonic and adult stem cells to obtain pancreatic islets, in the hopes that these newly developed cells could one day be transplanted into patients with type I diabetes. He is also currently working on new methods for long-term culture and regeneration of pancreatic stem cells. Dr. Domínguez-Bendala is a noted speaker on stem cell research and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, as well as the book "Pancreatic Stem Cells," published by Humana Press. In addition, he was featured among a dozen of the nation's top stem cell scientists in the first "CELLebrity" Doctors calendar to benefit research in regenerative therapies.
Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes educator. Lorena specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education and is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She founded Hispanic Foodways, which received the New York City Small Business Award in 2006. She developed the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups that have the calorie and carbohydrate amounts of common foods embossed on each cup and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards that have pictures and nutrition composition of common Hispanic foods. Lorena served on the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors from 2006-2010, Chair for Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition. She was Past President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in 2004. Lorena won the Diabetic Living People's Choice Award in 2012. She is the author of the book Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes published by the American Diabetes Association. She is a contributing author and co-editor of the book Cultural Food Practices and Diabetes, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and print communications chair for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialty Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena's new publication, The 15-Minute Consultation Guide, will be published in 2016 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena has appeared on several national TV shows speaking about diabetes management.
Fairlee Fabrett, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Training at the Acute Adolescent Residential Treatment Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts where she oversees therapy provided to families and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including Borderline Personality Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Fabrett received her B.A. in psychology from University of Arizona before earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital. Dr. Fabrett has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, chronic illnesses, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents as well as family and group therapy. A Mexican native herself, Dr. Fabrett also has experience in providing culturally sensitive and effective treatments for individuals and families of minority groups. Dr. Fabrett’s research interests have focused on the impact of acculturation on different outcomes such as adolescents' academic aspirations and family conflict and on the way cognitive or family processes operate differently among minority populations and their impact on mental health.
Jimmy Ferrer, Managing Director and co-Owner of GADIJA, LLC, a consulting company in the diabetes field, specializing in the underserved Hispanic/Latino community. He is responsible for all business development efforts, project/engagement planning, execution and delivery. Jimmy is the father of three teenage boys, Gabriel, Diego and Jaime. Jaime was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 3 in 2006. He is a passionate diabetes advocate, writer and editor for the blog Jaime, mi dulce guerrero (Jaime, my sweet warrior), created by his wife Mila Ferrer, one of the most widely-read Spanish diabetes blog in the US, Mexico, Latin America and Spain. Jimmy previously served as Advocacy chair on the Miami Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association. Before Jaime was diagnosed, Jimmy was a professional basketball player representing Puerto Rico in international competition. After retiring from basketball he became a successful entrepreneur. Things changed quickly after his youngest son was diagnosed and he was determined to learn as much as possible about diabetes, to make sure Jaime and others could achieve their dreams and goals and live a healthy life with diabetes.
Mila Ferrer started to blog about type 1 diabetes on July 2011, five years after Jaime, her youngest son, was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of three. She lives every single day advocating for more and better education about diabetes, not only for the people affected by this condition and their family, but for the general population.Through her blog Jaime, mi dulce guerrero and public speaking she shares her experiences and provides peer-to-peer support for our Latino community. Mila is a well-known advocate for educating Latino parents who have children with diabetes through her renowned blog, strong social media presence, and participation in health conferences. She has been recognized as "Diabetes Leaders" by the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), and as a Top Latina Influential Blogger, by LATISM. Mila is a member of the Diabetes Advocates (DA), a collective of individuals and organizations that offer expertise, resources, and support to those touched by diabetes. She is one of the few Spanish resources for the DA and their only parent of children with diabetes Spanish resource. Mila is the Community Manager on EsTuDiabetes.org, the largest Hispanic online community for people touched by diabetes.
Diana M. Naranjo, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. As a trained pediatric and adult psychologist working in behavioral medicine, Dr. Naranjo focuses on the psychosocial needs of patients and families with diabetes. Together with the team, she aims to understand barriers and facilitators to care, what developmental demands are important as adolescent's transition to adulthood, and how to best provide services that engage young adults and their families. Furthermore, as a Latino-American and fluent in Spanish, much of her clinical work focuses on bridging the health-care gap for underserved ethnic minority patients with type 1 diabetes.
Penelope Pauley, MD, is a board certified pediatrician with advanced research experience in pediatric endocrinology, DNA research, cell therapy and genotyping. Her dedication to the field of medicine is evidenced by the impressive amount of research conducted, grants awarded, presentations and lectures given and active professional memberships. Dr. Pauley provides children of Central Florida access to the latest research and technology available, offering leading-edge diagnostics, treatments and therapies, ensuring children of every stage of their endocrine, diabetes and metabolism condition and care have the resources they need to be as healthy and happy as possible.
Henry Rodriguez, MD, is a highly regarded pediatric diabetologist and collaborative type 1 diabetes clinical researcher who led the Indiana University (IU) DPT-1 Regional Recruitment Center and served as the highly successful IU TrialNet Clinical Center's Clinical Director for 10 years. He joined the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2010 as a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Director of the USF Diabetes Center. He has led expansion of clinical, educational, and clinical research activities at USF including the launch of the USF T1D Exchange Clinical Center, establishment of the USF TrialNet Clinical Center, and partnering with industry in investigating novel therapies in type 1 and pediatric type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rodriguez is the Protocol Chair for the NIH-funded TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Study and serves on numerous TrialNet committees. He is co-chair of the ADA Safe at School Working Group, co-chair of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance and has been a longstanding volunteer with JDRF and a staunch supporter of diabetes camps. He has also been the member of working groups addressing insulin pump therapy in children and the transition of young adults from pediatric to adult diabetes care providers. His clinical and research foci are the improvement of lives impacted by diabetes while pursing prevention and a cure.
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