For the this year’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge, we are fortunate to have a judging panel that includes some highly influential individuals in healthcare and diabetes treatment. So who are these people? And what prompted them to get involved with a diabetes design contest? I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce these folks in a series of (hopefully enlightening) interviews, that will (also hopefully) foster further creativity and motivate some of you to jump in…Read more »
As you all know, President Obama lifted Bush’s longstanding restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research yesterday — a huge breakthrough for all those who believe this avenue could produce unprecedented treatments for many incurable diseases. Like diabetes.
Among others, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has fought long and hard for this boost. Its staff and members are pretty much ecstatic. A small group including Larry Soler, the organization’s EVP of…Read more »
I must admit, I love it when famous people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes waste zero time getting involved, and using their celebrity to raise awareness of the cause. You’ve surely heard about Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes last spring. He’s been very vocal about it. And he still managed to establish himself as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks with a Pro Bowl season in 2008.
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I’m a huge fan of Jeff Hitchcock — one of the most famous figures in the diabetes community. He’s founder of the Children with Diabetes website, which serves millions of pages each month to thousands of people around the world. Jeff launched CWD in 1995 as a way for his young daughter Marissa to meet others with diabetes, and it has since become one of the top destinations online for diabetes information. In 2000, they…Read more »
Mollie and Jackie Singer are 19-almost-20-year-old twins from Las Vegas, Nevada, who have spent the better part of their lives advocating on behalf of people with diabetes. Mollie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4 and she and her sister Jackie, along with their mom, Jackie, and their aunt Mollie (who are also twins — so yes, two sets of twins, both Mollie and Jackie!) — recently launched a new social network called…Read more »