2018 Program

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TimeSession NameSpeaker/Description
8:30AMCheck In Opens
Youth and Teen Program Opens
T1D Resources Vendor Fair (open all day)
Newly Diagnosed Welcome Center (open all day)
9:00AMMorning Breakout SessionsSession 1: Toddlers and T1D (Brookside A&B - Lower Level)
Session 2: Taking T1D to School (Salon G)
Session 3: Tackling the Tween Years (Salon F)
Session 4: T1D and the Teenage Years: The Ups and Downs (Salon H)
Session 5: Adults with T1D: Home, Work, and Play (White Flint - Lower Level)
TrialNet Screenings (ongoing)
10:15AMWelcome RemarksEVENT MODERATOR: STACEY SIMMS, Host of Diabetes Connections
10:20AMPathway to a Cure: Turning Type One into Type NoneSIMI AHMED, PhD, Director, Immunotherapies, JDRF
11:00AMGlucose-Responsive Insulin DeliveryZHEN GU, PhD, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University
11:40AMJDRF Advocacy UpdateLAURA WHITTON, Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy, JDRF
12:00PMBuffet Lunch & Networking
12:45PM-1:25PMDeveloping a Cell-Based Therapy for Beta-Cell Replacement in Type 1 DiabetesJASON GAGLIA, MD, MMSc, Vice President, Clinical Sciences, Semma Therapeutics
1:25PM-2:00PMDiabetes Technology: Where Are We Now And Where Are We Going?TOM BROBSON, Research Information Volunteer, JDRF
2:00PMPanel DiscussionQuestion and answer session with presenters
2:30PMEvent Concludes
Youth and Teen Program Ends
2:30PMT1D Networking Happy Hour, hosted by JDRF Young Leadership CommitteeAll adults are invited to socialize in the Marriott lounge

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2018 Featured Presenters

Stacey Simms, Host of Diabetes Connections
Stacey Simms is the host of Diabetes Connections, an award-winning podcast that aims to educate and inspire about type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Forecast Magazine has named Stacey as one of their 12 “People to Know: 2017.” She is the first podcaster to make the annual list. Diabetes Connections was also named a Top Ten Health Podcast in the 2017 & 2016 People’s Choice Podcast Awards and is currently nominated for a WEGO Health Leader award. Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two and she’s blogged since 2007 about her family’s experience. In 2015 she created Diabetes Connections, a weekly show with more than 115 episodes to date. She is also the creator of Diabetes Podcast Week, bringing together other hosts to help the diabetes community.

Zhen Gu, Ph.D., Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH & NCSU, UNC Eshelman Pharmacy School

Prof. Zhen Gu obtained his PhD degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010, under the guidance of Prof. Yi Tang in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Eningeering and Prof. Yong Chen in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was a postdoctoral associate working with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT and Harvard Medical School during 2010-2012. He also holds BS degree in Chemistry and MS degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Nanjing University in China. He is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award of the Controlled Release Society (2017), Sloan Research Fellowship (2016), Pathway Award of the American Diabetes Association (2015) and Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering of BMES (2015). MIT Technology Review listed him as one of top innovators under 35 (TR35) in 2015. His invention, “Smart Insulin Patch” was selected as one of the top 10 images in 2015 by Science.

Jason Gaglia, MD, MMSc, Vice President, Clinical Sciences at Semma Therapeutics

Jason started in the field of islet transplantation over 15 years ago as a member of the clinical islet transplant team at the National Institutes of Health. At Harvard, he led a team demonstrating noninvasive imaging of inflammation in the pancreas with the development of type 1 diabetes. More recently he has served as Director of the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at Joslin Diabetes Center and the principal investigator for numerous type 1 diabetes clinical trials. He maintains an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. Jason holds four undergraduate degrees from Rutgers College and received both his medical degree and Master of Science in clinical research from Harvard Medical School.

Laura Whitton, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy at JDRF

Laura is responsible for JDRF’s legislative and grassroots programs, which leverage JDRF’s volunteer network to influence Congress and other institutions to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs for people with T1D. Since joining JDRF in 2002, Laura has played a leading role in seven legislative renewals of the Special Diabetes Program, which has resulted in more than $2 billion for T1D research. She has also played a leading role in enlisting Congress to advance Medicare coverage of continuous glucose monitors and FDA artificial pancreas guidance, among other high priority issues.

Simi Ahmed, PhD, Director, Research at JDRF

Simi T. Ahmed, Ph.D., is a Director in JDRF’s cure/prevention research program. In this role, Dr. Ahmed actively manages key aspects of JDRF-led efforts in immunotherapies and biomarkers relevant to type 1 diabetes (T1D). These program areas support research aimed at understanding the breach of immune tolerance in T1D, identification of effective immune therapies for the restoration of tolerance, and the discovery and development of biomarkers that may support effective clinical trial design for the assessment of candidate therapies. She has organized workshops, facilitated inter-consortia interactions, and brought scientists together in collaborative efforts to address key questions in her focus areas. Prior to joining JDRF, Dr. Ahmed completed her postdoctoral training in Dr. James E. Darnell Jr.’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biophysical chemistry from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in immunology from the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.