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Friday, July 10, 2009
Program for Parents and Adults

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7:30 - 8:45 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet in Coronado H - L

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Sessions


Advanced Pump Features
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Coronado H

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!


NIH Research Update
Presenter: David Harlan
Location: Coronado J

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.


Nocturnal Hypoglycemia: Is It Safe to Go To Sleep?
Presenter: Bruce Buckingham
Location: Coronado K


Diabetes Overwhelmus
Presenter: Richard Rubin
Location: Coronado L

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.


Young Men's Discussion Group
Presenter: Mike Heile
Location: Fiesta 1-2

A discussion forum for young men to discuss victories and challenges of living with diabetes.


Portion Distortion
Presenters: Mike Schurig and Dana Dignard
Location: Fiesta 3-4

Portions have certainly increased in recent years when eating out at restaurants. How do you survive super sizing and still have good blood sugar control? Learn some useful tips and tricks from Dana and Mike as they combine some practical carb counting information with an emphasis on portion control and portion estimation techniques.


Meet the Athletes!
Presenters: Rick Philbin and Athletes Panel
Location: Fiesta 5

Athletes from all over the United States have come to the Friends for Life conference to meet our kids and share their stories. This is an opportunity for parents to meet these same athletes, ask questions about how they manage their diabetes and do some of the incredible things that they’ve accomplished!


Reclaiming Sleepovers and Getaways
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Monterrey 1-3

When diabetes walked in the door, did your precious alone time with a grandchild fly out the window? Learn about the fears that cause the problems, and the skills and tools that can put them in their place.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. – Snack Break in Veracruz Foyer outside Exhibit Hall

10:45 - 12:00 noon - Sessions


Strike the Spike
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Coronado H

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!


From Prototype to Product
Presenter: Arleen Pinkos
Location: Coronado J

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 Arleen Pinkos from the FDA to learn more about its role in keeping our kids healthy and their futures bright.


Managing Type 1 Diabetes at School
Presenter: Crystal Jackson
Location: Coronado K

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!


Family Teamwork in Diabetes Management
Presenter: Barbara Anderson
Location: Coronado L

Research, clinical studies and patient experiences have taught us that how families communicate has a tremendous impact on medical control and emotional well-being for the child with diabetes, his/her siblings and the entire family. This presentation will focus on providing parents with the tools they need to make managing and living with diabetes a family affair where everyone's medical and emotional needs are met.


Young Women, Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes
Presenters: Fran Kaufman, Nicole Johnson, and Jen Block
Location: Fiesta 1-2

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 in previous years and wanted their own time to continue conversation.


Stress Management
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli
Location: Fiesta 3-4

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


Pumping and Competitive Sports
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Fiesta 5

Learn tips to maximize performance and maintain normal blood sugar during practice and competition while using an insulin pump. Learn about and how to effectively use the advance pump features to prevent hypoglycemia.


Blood Glucose Monitoring for Grandparents
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Monterrey 1-3

Get answers to all your questions about blood testing. In previous years we've discussed why kids test so much, what the numbers mean and how much it actually hurts. You'll test your own blood sugar to help get past fears and win points with the grandkids!


Traces of Victory
Presenter: Doug Burns
Location: Baja

Where does victory start? Join Doug Burns for a discussion of how to teach a winning perspective. What works in your family? Bring your stories to share.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Buffet in Coronado H-J

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Sessions


Insulin Resistance and Double Diabetes
Presenter: Fran Kaufman
Location: Coronado H

While relatively little is known about the long-term outcome of double diabetes since it's a newly identified condition, we do know that being overweight and having diabetes genes in one's family are the main causes. And since we can't do anything about our genes, managing weight is the most important way to prevent double diabetes. Listen to Fran Kaufman present first hand information about this new form of diabetes.


Mouse Cured! What Does That Mean to Me?
Presenter: Norma Kenyon
Location: Coronado J

We've all read the news reports -- "Diabetes Cured!" -- only to find out it was another cure for a mouse. Dr. Kenyon will explain the science of curing the mouse and what it means for curing our kids.


Moms' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Lauren Lanning, Michelle Rago, and Barbara Anderson
Location: Coronado K

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


It's Not Just A Numbers Game
Presenter: Joe Solowiejcyzk
Location: Coronado L

Diabetes is so much more than just measuring blood glucose values and counting carbs. It involves family dynamics, school, caregivers, growth, feelings, and most of all – an entire family. Join family counselor Joe S for a new look at type 1 diabetes. It is more than just a numbers game.


Stress Management for Young Adults
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli
Location: Fiesta 1-2

Young adults know that diabetes can introduce additional stress into their lives. Dr. Bob offers strategies for helping young adults cope with the challenges that diabetes brings.


The Real Diabetes Police (Officer)
Presenter: Officer Jose Lopez
Location: Fiesta 3-4

Officer Jose Lopez is a homicide detective lieutenant in Miami. He has served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years and has received his department's Officer of the Year and Gold Medal of Valor. Officer Lopez was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a rookie, 24 years ago. Come hear how he manages the challenges of his job and the challenges of his diabetes.


Problem Solving: Type 1 in Schools
Presenter: Crystal Jackson
Location: Fiesta 5

While we often hear about kids who experience significant challenges managing their diabetes in school, there are many, many success stories that illustrate how school administrators and staff can work hand in hand with parents, students, and families to provide an optimal learning environment for kids with type 1. Join Crystal to examine some of these stories - and please bring your own if you have a good one to tell! We can all learn from each others' successes.


Glucagon and Diabetes Emergencies for Grandparents
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Monterrey 1-3

Scary low blood sugars. Scary high blood sugars. They don't happen often, but they sure get your attention! Learn what you need to know and do about diabetes emergencies. Includes tools to guide you through them safely.


Racing the Ironman Triathlon with Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Jay Hewitt
Location: Baja

Jay explores nutrition and carbohydrate consumption, how he balances blood sugars and insulin dosing during the race, foods that he recommends and eats during swimming, cycling, and running.

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. – Snack Break in Veracruz Foyer outside Exhibit Hall

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Sessions


Pets Get Diabetes Too
Facilitator: Charles Wiedmeyer and PJ
Location: Coronado H

Veterinarian Charles Wiedmeyer shares his experiences caring for pets and large farm animals with diabetes. His presentation is both funny and inspiring.


The Artificial Pancreas Project
Presenter: Stu Weinzimer and Ed Damiano
Location: Coronado J

This is an exciting time in research as much is happening with regards to pairing an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitoring system in order to achieve a working closed loop system. Discover what progress has been made in achieving this goal by two of the leading researchers in this area.


Dads' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Henry Anhalt, Stefan Rubin, Tom Karlya
Location: Coronado K

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.


How to Live Well and Make the Most Out of Your Diabetes Experience
Presenter: Nicole Johnson
Location: Coronado L


The Great Meter Makeover
Presenter: Bill Polonsky
Location: Fiesta 1-2


The Challenge of Employment Discrimination
Presenter: John Griffin
Location: Fiesta 5

All people with diabetes have rights and should not let discrimination limit their employment goals and aspirations. Come learn from John Griffin how to avoid or deal with the challenges associated with employment discrimination and diabetes.


Communication Skills to Enhance Family Support (Parents Welcome)
Presenters: Betty Brackenridge and Richard Rubin
Location: Monterrey 1-3


Sports Central Wrap-Up
Presenter: Rick Philbin and the Athletes
Location: Baja

Join Rick, Doug, and Jay for a question-answer session about sports and type 1 diabetes.

Session Codes:   Science   Research   Diabetes 101   Psychosocial   Exercise   Grandparents   Young Adults   Legal & Advocacy

Photo Dessert with the Faculty
9 - 11 pm in Veracruz Pre-Function Area
(Outside Exhibit Hall)

Enjoy dessert and coffee with all the Friends for Life faculty
And see CWD's Scientific Poster Presentation

Photo Tween Social
8 - 11 pm in Fiesta 6
(No Dinner)
Sponsored by LifeScan

Photo Teen Dinner Dance
8 pm - Midnight in Fiesta 5
All teens welcome (ages 13 to 18 only, please)
Dress Nicely -- No Jeans
No Parents Allowed (just chaperones!)

Photo Young Adults Dinner & Salsa Dancing
8 pm - Midnight in Monterrey 1-3
Ages 18+

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