Back to 2005 Conference Thursday Program for Parents and Adults

Thursday, July 7, 2005
Program for Parents and Adults

Who   Schedule Overview   Details
Parents | All Days - Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat | Wed - Thu - Fri
Kids | All Days - Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat | Sports Central

Children with Diabetes Fun Run
Sponsored by Novo Nordisk
Starting line To Be Announced

Run begins at 7:30 a.m.
See you there!

9:00 - 10:00 a.m

Opening Keynote Session
Presenter: Will Cross

Raised in England until age 12, Cross has worked continually for more than 24 years to overcome obstacles that accompany diabetes. At 18, he received HRH Prince Charles' special permission to participate in Operation Raleigh, an international program that organizes young people from 17 to 23 to do service projects around the world.

Cross presently endeavors to achieve what is known as the NovoLog® Peaks and Poles Challenge - reaching the highest peak on each continent and visiting the North and South Poles. He is on target to become the first American and first person with diabetes to do so, with a projected completion date of summer 2005.

Cross wants to show the tens of millions of people with diabetes that they don't have to be defined by their disease. He wants to prove that there are no diabetics -- only people who happen to have diabetes -- and that those with the condition can manage it successfully.

Italian Update from the Diabetes Research Institute
Presenter: Camillo Ricordi
Session in Italian

Children with Diabetes is very pleased to have a group of Italian families participating in Friends for Life, thanks to the generous sponsorship of LifeScan. Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Scientific Director and Chief Academic Officer at the Diabetes Research Institute, will present an update on the DRI's research - in Italian - for these families.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Snack Break by the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Medtronic MiniMed

10:45 - 11:45

Current Best Practices
Presenter: Francine Kaufman

There are so many strategies for managing diabetes, and every diabetes team seems to do something just a little bit differently. How does a parent sort through and make decisions about what is the best diabetes regimen for their child? When is it time to make a change? What currently are the best cutting edge practices in diabetes management?

Heart Health and Diabetes
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can affect the functioning of a person's heart. Learn how to take great care of your heart and your diabetes, so that you minimize the risk of having complications. Also learn about the techniques used to assess your 'heart health' and how your doctor might address potential concerns.

Overcoming Diabetes Overwhelmus
Presenter: Richard Rubin

The emotional side of diabetes is often overlooked, but it's so important because many people, particularly those families newly-diagnosed, suffer from "diabetes overwhelmus." They are simply overwhelmed by the day-to-day demands of diabetes. Feeling overwhelmed makes it almost impossible to take good care of your diabetes. This session presents ways to prevent or overcome diabetes overwhelmus and is applicable whether you are a person with diabetes, a family member experiencing "secondary" diabetes overwhelmus, or a health care professional trying to make sense of it all.

Attualità sulla ricerca nel diabete di tipo 1
Presenter: Marco Songini
Session in Italian

In the next five years, some $2.5 billion will be spent on type 1 research around the world. The research will focus on six therapeutic targets for the next five years:
  1. Perfecting islet transplantation – without chronic immunosuppression – to permanently restore normal blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes
  2. Creating safe, stable, and widely available “universal donor” sources of insulin-secreting cells for transplantation­through stem cell research and research to develop safe, human-compatible islet cells from animal sources
  3. Regenerating the body’s own beta cells without islet transplantation – and simultaneously inducing immune tolerance to restore normal blood sugar levels;
  4. Perfecting a closed-loop artificial pancreas
  5. Creating novel approaches and therapeutics for predicting, preventing and reversing complications
  6. Preventing type 1 diabetes by maintaining or restoring immune tolerance in new-onset patients.
Nei prossimi cinque anni circa 2.5 miliardi di dollari saranno investiti nella ricerca mondiale sul diabete di tipo 1. La ricerca sarà focalizzata verso sei obiettivi terapeutici:
  1. Perfezionamento del trapianto di isole - eliminando l'immunosoppressione cronica - al fine di ripristinare permanentemente nei soggetti affetti da diabete di tipo 1 il normale metabolismo glucidico
  2. Realizzare a) con opportune tecniche di ricerca sulle cellule staminali 'donatori universali' di cellule insulinoproduttrici sicure, stabili e disponibili ovunque da utilizzare per i trapianti b) sviluppare linee sicure ed affidabili di isole da donatori animali
  3. Rigenerare le proprie beta cellule senza necessità di trapianto e contemporaneamente indurre immunotolleranza in modo da normalizzare definitivamente il normale metabolismo gluicidico
  4. Perfezionare un modello affidabile di pancraes artificiale (ansa chiusa)
  5. Sviluppare nuovi modelli di predizione, prevenzione e cura delle complicanze e relative terapie
  6. Prevenire il diabete di tipo 1 nei casi di nuova diagnosi sviluppando immunotolleranza per preservare o ristabilire la secrezione insulinica endogena dei pazienti.

Young Adults Discussion Group
Facilitators: Stefan Rubin, Meghan Neumann

Young adults, both in college and at work, face some very different challenges from kids, teens, and older adults. This discussion group is an open forum for young adults to bring their concerns and questions, and get input from others who are facing the same challenges or have walked that road before. Any question is fair game, so bring a cup of coffee and be ready for some great discussion! This session will also set the stage and determine the topics for the second young adult discussion group on Friday.

12:30 noon - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet in the Coronado Ballroom, sponsored by Smiths-Medical

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Pumping Basics
Presenter: John Walsh

Are you thinking about changing from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump? Find out the basics about pumping in this informative session. Insulin pump terminology and the "how-to's" of pumping will be discussed. You might want to consider a saline pump start offered by the different pump companies at the conference. This opportunity is offered by several of the pump companies in the exhibit hall. Please refer to them for guidelines.

Diabetes Management in School
Presenter: Crystal Jackson

Children with diabetes spend a great deal of time in school and daycare. The federal regulations mandate that these facilities provide a safe environment. This session will discuss these issues and will briefly cover how to implement a care plan for a child with diabetes. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion, so please bring your thoughts and be ready to share! Session sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

Optimum MDI
Presenter: Bruce Buckingham

This session will explore basic and advanced techniques and strategies for managing diabetes optimally through Multiple Daily Injections. Bring your questions and challenges. Whether you are an elite athlete using MDI or a newly-diagnosed family struggling with the first concepts, Dr. Buckingham will have something to offer you!

Insulin Love and Care Project: un nuovo modo di vivere il diabete
Presenter: Andrea Scaramuzza
Session in Italian

Grandparents Discussion Group
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge

Back by popular demand - it's the grandparents! Last year in California, a group of grandmothers requested time and space during the conference to begin discussing some of their own challenges. At the end of the conference, they said it was so much fun and so helpful that they wanted to have at least a couple of separate times to meet while at Friends for Life. This is one of them! Grandpas welcome, too. Of course.

Strike the Spike
Presenter: Gary Scheiner

One of the toughest things for people with diabetes to manage is those after-meal blood glucose spikes that simply refuse to come down. Learn some management techniques that work! Session sponsored by Smiths-Medical.

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Snack Break by the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Medtronic MiniMed

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Diabetes Research Institute Update: Finding a Cure: A Sequential, Integrated Approach
Presenter: Camillo Ricordi
Session in English

It has already been shown that diabetes can be reversed through islet cell transplantation, though several challenges remain before the procedure can move toward widespread use in all who can benefit. The future clinical success of islet transplantation, and, ultimately, the achievement of complete restoration of self-tolerance, relies on a synergistic, sequential and integrated research approach, which has been outlined in a strategic model developed by the DRI. This innovative and ambitious strategy is comprised of 11 key areas of research that overlap and impact upon each other. Any small development in one area can have a potentially significant effect on the overall approach, requiring parallel progress across research disciplines in order to capitalize on any breakthroughs in specific areas. Dr. Camillo Ricordi will explain the key areas of research that make up this strategic model, and describe some very exciting developments now under way.

Health and Life Insurance with Diabetes
Presenter: Holly Whelan

Obtaining and keeping health and life insurance is often a challenge for people with type 1 diabetes. How can a young person with diabetes just entering the job market maximize their opportunity to have full insurance coverage? What happens when parents of kids with diabetes lose or change jobs, and the health insurance falls through the cracks? Learn some strategies for approaching these situations from one of the ADA's leading experts on this topic.

Transfer From Pediatric To Adult Diabetes Care
Presenter: Marco Songini

This transition is often poorly carried out and there is little information in the professional literature on transition in diabetes care to guide professional practice. Anecdotal evidence indicates that many adolescents and young adults with diabetes 'drop out' of the health care system, often have no specialist follow-up, and receive their insulin prescriptions from primary care physicians. While transition is a process which needs to evolve over a period of time, it is often carried out as an abrupt transfer at a time of crisis, such as pregnancy or diabetic ketoacidosis, when young adults are referred to an adult diabetes unit.

Among the many factors that contribute to poor transition are that young people are 'classic non-attenders' and that they are not well prepared for transition. To address this problem, the process of preparing young people and their parents for transition should begin in early adolescence and should focus on fostering the independence and communication skills of young people, as well as improving their knowledge about managing their diabetes. Components of transition preparation include: self-advocacy, independent health care behaviors, sexual health, psychological support, educational and vocational planning, and counseling regarding health and lifestyle. Preparation should also focus on educating young people and their families about the differences in culture of pediatric and adult care.

Exercise and Busy Kids - Preventing and Managing Hypos
Presenter: Rick Philbin

Exercise poses very specific challenges to kids with type 1 diabetes, and yet a good exercise program is one of the best ways to manage diabetes and keep those blood glucose levels in range! Whether you are a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior, or a student taking gym class, Rick will have some great ideas for you.

Stress Management Part 1
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli

Ugh! There are just some days (actually, many of them) when a person needs to blow off steam or decompress because the stress levels get so high. Stress itself can be a leading cause of illness, and can cause other side effects such as migraines, elevated blood glucose levels, digestive problems, and elevated blood pressure to name just a few. Bob has some great strategies for learning to control your response to stress. Join him for this first of two sessions... and have a stress-free afternoon!

Glucose: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Presenter: Kim Kelly

Glucose is an important nutrient that we all use every day to generate energy. Learn the good things glucose does for us and why it is such a key molecule. When glucose builds up in the body it can result in changes in cells and processes that lead the the complications we see with diabetes. Learn how glucose excess can result in these changes and why tight glucose control is important in reducing those complications.

Join us for the Family and Friends Banquet
From 6:30 to 9:00 in the Coronado Ballroom
Tickets are Required!

Followed by
Dancing in the Ballroom from 9 to Midnight
Banquet sponsored by Novo Nordisk and LifeScan

For Teens: The Teen Dance
From 9 to Midnight in Durango

All teens welcome (ages 13+ only, please)
No Parents Allowed (just chaperones!)
Sponsored by Unomedical

For Tweeners: Sports Night and Ice Cream Sundaes!
From 9 to 11 in Sports Central

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