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CWD is pleased to announce a day of Focus Groups at the Friends for Life Conference. The focus groups will be held on Wednesday, July 6, and will be located in the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center (right where the rest of the conference will be) in Coronado C, D, E, F, and G.

What is a Focus Group?
A focus group is a small gathering of people with the purpose of discussing one particular topic or "focus." In our case, the focus groups will be about 25 people each, and may discuss a new product in development, a product already on the market (and the company wants feedback), a particular method of diabetes management… or it may focus on a specific age group (i.e., how do teens feel about pumping or blood glucose testing?).

What is the Schedule?
Focus groups will be held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. They will last 90 minutes each. Refreshments will be provided (snacks and beverages) during each meeting.

The current schedule is:

Starting Time   Vendor, Topic, Ages
9:00 am   BD
Future Glucose Monitoring Concepts. The next step in diabetes care could lead to a variety of exciting new products to help you monitor your blood glucose and better detect on-coming hypoglycemia. Do not miss this exciting opportunity! We want you to help create future concepts in continuous glucose monitoring and other opportunities that can help you in your everyday life. This group is open to children ages 8-16 with diabetes -- insulin pump and non-pump users -- and their parents.

9:00 am   LifeScan
Emerging Technologies: Cell Phones and Other Cool Stuff! LifeScan will set up 3-4 stations with different companies demonstrating using existing technology to live with Diabetes. Kids from 8 up will be able to try out the technology and diabetes games and parents can see what types of technology will help them out now and in the future. Stations will include a service that turns your cell phone into a diabetes management system. Your blood glucose data is then transmitted, analyzed and returned to you in the form of color-coded graphs and other feedback in a matter of seconds. Another stations show various ways your data can be captured automatically and others on your diabetes team notified. Yet another is a game system where points are earned for good exercise and Blood Glucose control.
This focus group is full

9:00 am   LifeScan
Join LifeScan group leaders for a discussion about Diabetes Management Software. Have you ever used software to help manage your child's diabetes? What would you like to see in the next software that you use to manage your child's diabetes? This session is for parents, teens, and young adults with diabetes.

9:00 am   Novo Nordisk
Join us for a dynamic and interactive town hall discussion on hypoglycemia prevention and treatment. Topics will include:
  • Minimizing the risk
  • Hypoglycemia perception v. reality
  • How to be prepared
  • New treatment options
  • "Meet the expert" discussion with a pediatric endocrinologist
  • Real life experience sharing
This discussion is intended for parents and teens; however, children are also welcome to attend.
This focus group is full

9:00 am   Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical is developing many different products and would like consumer feedback from kids of all ages that pump (any type of insulin pump) AND their parents. Products to discuss include: pump hardware design, pump software features, infusion sets, pump cases. This group will be limited to 10-15 kids, along with their parents. Sign up early!
This focus group is full

11:00 am   Abbott Diabetes Care
Next Generation Blood Glucose Meters. This session is open to parents and their children ages 8-14 (please bring your kids). Teens are also welcome. A mix of people who use finger-tip and alternate site testing is desirable.
This focus group is full

11:00 am   BD
Future Glucose Monitoring Concepts. The next step in diabetes care could lead to a variety of exciting new products to help you monitor your blood glucose and better detect on-coming hypoglycemia. Do not miss this exciting opportunity! We want you to help create future concepts in continuous glucose monitoring and other opportunities that can help you in your everyday life. This group is open to children ages 8-16 with diabetes -- insulin pump and non-pump users -- and their parents. This is a repeat of the earlier session.
This focus group is full

11:00 am   Medtronic MiniMed
Advancing the Infusion Set. We'll discuss the evolution of the infusion set and customerss "wish lists" for future infusion sets. We'll also work to identify current problems and improvements.

11:00 am   Novo Nordisk
Join us for a dynamic and interactive town hall discussion on hypoglycemia prevention and treatment. Topics will include:
  • Minimizing the risk
  • Hypoglycemia perception v. reality
  • How to be prepared
  • New treatment options
  • "Meet the expert" discussion with a pediatric endocrinologist
  • Real life experience sharing
This discussion is intended for parents and teens; however, children are also welcome to attend.
This focus group is full

11:00 am   Unomedical Infusion Devices
A comfortable infusion set can make the difference between a happy, successful pumper, and an unhappy pumper with a negative pumping experience. Join Unomedical group leaders for a discussion about infusion sets ... what makes the set you currently use work really well for you? Have you tried different types of infusion sets, and if so, what made up your mind to use this particular one? What would you change if you could? If you are new to pumping (or simply considering it at this point), what factors are important to you? All ages are welcome to participate. Please join us!

1:00 pm   Abbott Diabetes Care
Real-time continuous glucose monitoring is coming! Don't miss the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas about this emerging technology. In the process, help us design the much-needed accessories you will need at home, work, school, or play. At day or at night. At the beach or at the ski slopes. Whether it's a cool carry case, a no-worry nighttime alarm, a wireless download to a phone, PDA, or TV! The more creative, the better. The more useful, even better.
This focus group is full

1:00 pm   Animas
The topic of discussion is MEMS Technology - Your Passport To The Future. MEMS stands for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Come learn what this is all about! This focus group is appropriate for any age group (children need parents with them).
This focus group is full

1:00 pm   BD
Future Glucose Monitoring Concepts. The next step in diabetes care could lead to a variety of exciting new products to help you monitor your blood glucose and better detect on-coming hypoglycemia. Do not miss this exciting opportunity! We want you to help create future concepts in continuous glucose monitoring and other opportunities that can help you in your everyday life. This group is open to children ages 8-16 with diabetes -- insulin pump and non-pump users -- and their parents. This is a repeat of the earlier session.

1:00 pm   Roche Diagnostics
Roche Diagnostics, makers of the ACCU-CHEK® brand of blood glucose monitoring systems, will conduct a 90-minute interactive session where kids can share their successes and struggles in managing their diabetes. The main activity during this session will challenge the kids to use their imaginations to create their own TV commercial! The commercial will tell other kids with diabetes how to best manage living with their disease, or it will tell their friends without diabetes what they should know about diabetes. This session is designed to help kids communicate more easily and openly about their diabetes. The target age for participants is 10 to 15. Parents may be 'spectators-only' if room allows.
This focus group is full

1:00 pm   LifeScan
Emerging Technologies: Cell Phones and Other Cool Stuff! LifeScan will set up 3-4 stations with different companies demonstrating using existing technology to live with Diabetes. Kids from 8 up will be able to try out the technology and diabetes games and parents can see what types of technology will help them out now and in the future. Stations will include a service that turns your cell phone into a diabetes management system. Your blood glucose data is then transmitted, analyzed and returned to you in the form of color-coded graphs and other feedback in a matter of seconds. Another stations show various ways your data can be captured automatically and others on your diabetes team notified. Yet another is a game system where points are earned for good exercise and Blood Glucose control.
This focus group is full

3:00 pm   Abbott Diabetes Care
Real-time continuous glucose monitoring is coming! Don't miss the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas about this emerging technology. In the process, help us design the much-needed accessories you will need at home, work, school, or play. At day or at night. At the beach or at the ski slopes. Whether it's a cool carry case, a no-worry nighttime alarm, a wireless download to a phone, PDA, or TV! The more creative, the better. The more useful, even better.
This focus group is full

3:00 pm   Animas
The topic of discussion is MEMS Technology - Your Passport To The Future. MEMS stands for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Come learn what this is all about! This focus group is appropriate for any age group (children need parents with them).

3:00 pm   BD
Future Glucose Monitoring Concepts. The next step in diabetes care could lead to a variety of exciting new products to help you monitor your blood glucose and better detect on-coming hypoglycemia. Do not miss this exciting opportunity! We want you to help create future concepts in continuous glucose monitoring and other opportunities that can help you in your everyday life. This group is open to children ages 8-16 with diabetes -- insulin pump and non-pump users -- and their parents. This is a repeat of the earlier session.

3:00 pm   Sanofi-Aventis
The makers of Lantus want to better understand the unique needs of families living with Type 1 —- especially in the first months following diagnosis or when switching to Lantus. We're hoping to choose truly helpful products to include in our Starter Kit and we'd love to know your wish list! Come view and critique existing tools and share ideas for new creations. We welcome parents and children using a wide variety of insulin (not just Lantus). Your help will benefit many families to come.

3:00 pm   Nutritional Issues
Meet with CWD Dietitian Mike Schurig to discuss strategies for dealing with food allergies and special celiac needs that your family has to help make the conference a nutritional success for you. Please participate only if you have indicated a special dietary need on your registration form. Note that gluten free foods are available at all meals.

3:00 pm   First-Timers Reception
Familes who are new to CWD conferences are invited to join CWD Founder and President Jeff Hitchcock and CWD Events Coordinator Laura Billetdeaux to learn about 'the flow' of the conference, how meal and snack times work, what to do about getting your children to childcare and sessions, and what to do at the parks on Saturday. This is very casual and social. Snacks and beverages will be served. Sponsored by Unomedical.

How do I sign up?
You must currently be registered for the conference to sign up for a focus group. Any member of your family may participate. Children under 12 should not participate unless it is a focus group specifically for children, or for adults and children. You may participate in more than one focus group. To sign up, please send an email to Laura.Billetdeaux@childrenwithdiabetes.com and indicate:

If multiple members of your family would like to participate in focus groups, please indicate the above for each person. Otherwise, we don't know who wants to go to which session.

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a group is full, we will so indicate on this webpage.

For more information, call Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 (eastern time) during business hours M-F.

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