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Contact:   Colette O'Brien
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Pediatric Diabetes Symposium & Kids Kamp At UCSF
Psycho-Social Aspects of Diabetes to Be Explored

San Francisco, January 20, 2006 -- The Pediatric Diabetes Program at the University of California, San Francisco is holding their third annual, "Pediatric Diabetes Symposium and Kids Kamp" on Saturday, February 25, 2006, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Cole Hall on the UCSF Parnassus Campus (513 Parnassus Street). This program is being co-sponsored by the Diabetes Center at UCSF and the UCSF Children's Hospital.

The theme of this event is "Empowering Children with Diabetes and Their Families: Managing the Psycho-Social Aspects of Diabetes". Attendees will hear from two renowned leaders on this subject, William Polonsky PhD, CDE, and Maureen McGrath, RN, CPNP, CDE.

Dr. William Polonsky is Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, a licensed clinical psychologist, certified diabetes educator and founder/director of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, www.behavioraldiabetes.org. He is an active researcher in behavioral medicine and has authored numerous professional articles on psycho-social and behavioral issues in diabetes. As the author of Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore, Dr. Polonsky is known for his realistic yet humorous approach to helping families overcome their feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed by the rigors of daily diabetes care.

Maureen McGrath of Emory Children's Diabetes Center is a talented RN, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator. Through her many years of clinical practice, as well as personal life experiences living with type 1 diabetes since the age of thirteen, Maureen's unique ability to provide keen new insights has been of benefit to both parents and children. She is highly-regarded by diabetes professionals for empowering families to find new ways to live successfully with diabetes.

Also scheduled to speak on the latest in continuous glucose monitoring systems is Dr. David C. Klonoff, Medical Director at the Diabetes Research Institute, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, San Mateo, CA and Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF.

For children with diabetes and their siblings, Kids Kamp offers both an education and entertainment opportunity. Matt Vogel, athlete with type 1 diabetes and founder of Insulin Factor, www.insulinfactor.com, will mentor both children and teens on how to successfully manage the delicate balance of diabetes and exercise.

Steve Gitelman, MD, Director of the UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, stated, "As pediatric diabetes specialists, we recognize the important role the family plays in managing a child's diabetes. We have created this symposium to offer education and support for all members of the family living with the daily challenges of diabetes management."

About the Diabetes Center at UCSF

UCSF has had a rich history of breakthrough discoveries in diabetes, and has continued to attract world leaders to its team of researchers and clinicians. The UCSF Diabetes Center is one of only a few diabetes programs in the country that combines superb patient care and education with aggressive basic research into the causes and potential cures of this difficult disease. Thanks to the faculty's expertise in metabolism, nutrition, endocrinology, molecular and cell biology, human genetics, and immunology, the Diabetes Center at UCSF is a recognized world leader in diabetes prevention, islet transplantation, and stem cell research.

The UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program oversees the care of over 400 pediatric patients with diabetes. In addition, it is at the forefront of pediatric type 1 clinical research and clinical trials for diabetes prevention and treatment.

This program is free to the public. However, donations are welcome to offset program costs. For more information, contact 415-502-1485; obrienc@peds.ucsf.edu

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