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Friday, July 13, 2007
Program for Parents and Adults

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7:45 - 8:45 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet in Coronado H and J – Sponsored by LifeScan

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

NIH Research Update
Presenter: David Harlan
Location: Coronado H

Considerable research over the past 30 years has clearly indicated that type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is the end result of an immune system gone awry. That is, for reasons that remain obscure, the immune system attacks and gradually kills the only cells in the body capable of making the insulin required to control blood sugar- the so called pancreatic beta cells found in cell clusters called the islets of Langerhans. Fortunately, while admittedly difficult, expensive, and emotionally trying, modern insulin based treatments have remarkably improved the prognosis for individuals with the disease. Further, we continue to learn surprising new things about T1DM, like the fact that many and perhaps most individuals with T1DM continue to make small amounts of insulin for years. Our research team is testing an x-ray like technique to see if it can accurately "count" an individual's pancreatic insulin producing cells, and other approaches to see if we can promote insulin producing capacity even in folks with long-standing T1DM. These research efforts will be described.

Advanced Pumping Concepts
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Coronado J

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!

Double Diabetes in Kids
Presenter: Francine Kaufman
Location: Fiesta 5

There are kids with type 1 diabetes. And there are kids with type 2 diabetes. But did you know there is also a growing population of kids with Double Diabetes? These children and teens have type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder - and they also have insulin resistance, which is typical of type 2 diabetes. For these kids, a combination of type 1 and type 2 treatment strategies may be successful.

Strike the Spike
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Fiesta 6

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!

A Healthy Marriage
Facilitator: Scott Scolnick
Location: Fiesta 7 and 8

Raising children is an easy but not simple task. Our job is to teach our children that they have rules and responsibilities and that they are responsible for their actions. This task is made even tougher when you have a child with diabetes. Raising children can test a marriage. Raising a child with diabetes can do so even further. Our children need us to be strong and work together. This workshop will examine what some of the challenges of effective communication are and what can be done to improve the quality of the partnership. Our children depend on effective parenting. The cornerstone of this is a healthy marriage.

Going to College and Letting Go
Facilitators: Joe Solowiejczyk and Paul Madden
Location: Fiesta 9 and 10

This presentation is for parents interested in helping their older child with diabetes leave home effectively into the next, more independent phase of life. It will focus on helping the whole family deal effectively with the psychological factors related to "letting go/helping to grow", "empty(er) nest syndrome" as well as providing you and your child with diabetes the tools you need to set up a safe diabetes environment away at school. The emphasis is on helping to make this most important life transition as smooth as possible by considering the realities, talking about them and providing tips on how to make it work for everyone involved. The presenters both have type 1 diabetes, have both graduated from college and will incorporate their personal life experiences with diabetes as they speak to you as health care professionals in this interesting, dynamic and helpful session.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. – Snack Break by the Exhibit Hall

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

DRI Research Update
Presenter: Norma Kenyon
Location: Coronado H

At the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), new technologies and processes to restore insulin production are being developed. The DRI's Norma Kenyon, Ph.D., will discuss the current status of islet transplantation, strategies for inducing tolerance, and other exciting research now underway.

Continuous Glucose Sensing
Presenter: Bruce Buckingham
Location: Coronado J

Continuous sensors are on the very cutting edge of diabetes management technology. From the early GlucoWatch devices to the newly available subcutaneous glucose sensors to the technology just on the horizon, Dr. Buckingham will share with us the history of these devices and how they will soon redefine the standard of diabetes care.

Moms' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Lauren Lanning and Michelle Rago
Location: Fiesta 5

CWD moms have a lot to say. An hour is probably just enough time to barely scratch the surface of some really great topics.

Managing Teens and Insulin Resistance
Presenter: Henry Anhalt
Location: Fiesta 6

Diabetes during teen years can be extremely challenging. The kids are growing up - they are in high school and ever more independent… and yet they are faced with some really difficult things to manage on a daily basis with regard to their diabetes. Insulin resistance is one of those challenges. Join Dr. Anhalt for a look at what causes insulin resistance and learn some ways to control it.

Dr. Bob Talks to Dads
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli
Location: Fiesta 7 and 8

Dr. Bob is a dad ... in a big family. He is also a cardiologist. And a husband. And a leader of stress management seminars. He has a way of talking - and listening - that just helps people. If you're a dad - just come.

Grandparents Hands-On: BG Monitoring
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Fiesta 9 and 10

As a grandparent involved in the well-being of your grandchild with diabetes, it makes sense that you would have some familiarity and a decent comfort level with the 'tools of the trade.' Blood glucose meters are one of the most critical tools for a person with diabetes. There are many brands of blood glucose meters and lancing devices. Betty will teach you about the most commonly used brands and you will have the opportunity to try each of them. Hands-on, right? You can do it.

The Government and Diabetes
Presenters: Kenneth Moritsugu, David Harlan, Arleen Pinkos
Location: Fiesta 1-4

The US government plays an important role in diabetes -- from setting health care policy to leading and funding research to approving new treatments for patients. Join Surgeon General RADM Kenneth Moritsugu, NIH/NIDDK researcher Dr. David Harlan, and FDA device panel member Arleen Pinkos to learn more about their role in keeping our kids healthy and their futures bright.
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Buffet in Coronado H and J – sponsored by Eli Lilly

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The Future of Treating Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Irl Hirsch
Location: Coronado H

In this discussion, we will discuss new tools in development to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. This will include better, faster insulins, better needles to make insulin absorption faster, an update on pumps, and the current and future use of glucose sensors and how the future will improve with this technology.

Smart Pumps and Sports
Presenter: Rick Philbin
Location: Coronado J

Today's insulin pumps are not only smaller but they are smarter, too! Learn how to use advanced features on pumps to make sports and exercise easier to manage. Many kids involved in sports were only concerned about whether to wear their pump during activity, but now with advanced features such as temporary basal, separate basal programs, insulin on board (IOB), and bolus calculator, performance is enhanced. This promises to be a fun interactive discussion about Smart Pumps and Sports.

Sick Day Management
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Fiesta 5

Managing your child's diabetes on a 'sick day' can be an entirely different experience. What should you do with insulin dosage when your child is sick? What should you do if they won't eat or are vomiting? Should you push fluids? When should you worry? What constitutes an emergency? And what about ketones? Should you test urine ketones or blood ketones? Join us for a discussion of the options.

It's Not Just Insulin Anymore
Presenter: Kim Kelly
Location: Fiesta 6

When a child has diabetes there is a lot of concentration on good control of blood glucose. But glucose isn't the only thing important to childhood. Changes are occurring in our understanding of the importance of weight, exercise, cholesterol and many other factors that affect our children. With new guidelines on everything from weight to physical activity to smoking in children, it is important to consider additional therapies that we understand now, better than in the past. Insulin Pumps have come a long way to help with glucose control, but there are other drugs and other aspects of living with diabetes that require a new awareness, and, in some cases, should move us to consider other medications or changes to help our children be the best they can be.

Pregnancy and Diabetes
Presenter: Fran Kaufman
Location: Fiesta 7 and 8

Young women (18-30) face their own sets of issues, concerns, joys, and growing pains. Add type 1 diabetes to the mix and you have - well - a lot to talk about. This session is "by request" of young women who participated in the conference the last two years and wanted their own time to continue conversation with Dr. Kaufman. Special guests Nicole Johnson and Kelly Close will be on hand to share their recent experiences with having a baby while caring for their type 1 diabetes.

Dealing with Family Stress
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli
Location: Fiesta 9 and 10

Parents know that diabetes can introduce additional stress into families. Dr. Bob offers strategies for helping families cope with the challenges that diabetes brings.

Celiac Discussion Group
Facilitators: Crystal Jackson
Location: Fiesta 1-4

At last year's conference, a handful of families who have kids with celiac asked if we might schedule a discussion group for the 2007 conference. Here we are ... Enjoy this opportunity to share ideas, concerns, new information, and new friendships.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. – Snack Break by the Exhibit Hall - Note that Exhibit Hall closes for good at 3:15 p.m.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Closing the Loop: The Artificial Pancreas
Presenters: Aaron Kowalski, Stuart Weinzimer, and Edward Damiano
Location: Coronado H

It seems easy enough -- take a continuous glucose sensor, connect it to an insulin pump, and you have an artificial pancreas. Learn about the work being done today to make this concept a reality with Dr. Kowalski from JDRF, Dr. Weinzimer from Yale, and Dr. Damiano from Boston University.

The Best of the Best: A Recap
Presenter: Darrell Wilson
Location: Coronado J

Darrell Wilson, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at Stanford University, will be addressing practical strategies for getting the most out of your insulin therapy. These approaches are generally applicable to both pumpers and injectors and can be useful for both children and adolescents with diabetes.

Dads' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Richard Rubin, Stefan Rubin
Location: Fiesta 5

Back again by popular demand ... the Dad's Hour! Whether you're new at diabetes or have been at this a long time, there is always good information to be shared in a forum like this. Join your facilitators for some great interaction. Dads only, please.

Portion Distortion
Presenter: Mike Schurig
Location: Fiesta 6

Portion sizes at restaurants are larger than ever nowadays. How in the world can a person with diabetes eat out and not fall prey to "portion distortion?" Come learn some fun and practical ways to combat the challenge.

Welcome to the Club
Facilitators: Bob Bulgarelli, Scott Scolnick, Paul Madden, and Joe Solowiejczyk
Location: Fiesta 7 and 8

With the diagnosis of diabetes, we all become members of a group that we didn't want to join -- families living with diabetes. Scott, Paul, and Joe -- each of whom has type 1 diabetes -- are joined by Dr. Bob to chat about what it means to be part of our special club and how to live life with diabetes to the fullest.

Grandparents Hands On: Insulin Pumps
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Fiesta 9 and 10

CWD families know that kids and insulin pumps go well together. As a grandparent involved in the well-being of your grandchild with diabetes, it makes sense that you would have some familiarity and a decent comfort level with insulin pumps. Betty will teach you about pumps and infusion sets and help you overcome any anxiety you have about them. Hands-on, right? You can do it.

Teens Being Teens
Presenter: Andrea Scaramuzza
Location: Fiesta 1-4

Teens with diabetes are still teens. Dr. Scaramuzza will explore the challenges of teen behaviors in kids with type 1 diabetes, and offer strategies to help parents keep their teens safe.

Photo Dessert with the Faculty
From 9 to 11 pm in Coronado H
Enjoy dessert and coffee with all the Friends for Life faculty
Sponsored by BD

Photo For Teens: Teen Dinner Dance
From 8 to Midnight in Fiesta 5
All teens welcome (ages 13 to 18 only, please)
Dress Nicely -- No Jeans
No Parents Allowed (just chaperones!)
Sponsored by Unomedical

Photo For Tweeners: Social Night!
From 8 to 11 pm in Fiesta 6
(No Dinner)
Sponsored by LifeScan

Photo Young Adults Dinner
From 7-9 p.m. at the Maya Grille in the Coronado Springs Resort
Special Guest Will Cross

Ages 18-25 only; please RSVP by email to Laura Billetdeaux by Wednesday, July 11

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