I know Phil Southerland wouldn’t want me to call him a hero, but I can’t help myself. He has achieved what many thought impossible: creating a team of competitive cyclists with type 1 diabetes on track to become world-class. His efforts in recruiting athletes for Team Type 1, finding pharmaceutical sponsors, training like a maniac, and yet still finding time for motivational speaking around the country are beyond inspirational for people with diabetes everywhere. I…Read more »
Second in our series of getting to know the judges of this year’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge, please say hello to Ross Jaffe, MD, a board-certified internist and eminent venture capitalist with Versant Ventures in Silicon Valley, CA. His job is to lead investments in medical devices, drug delivery, and healthcare information systems companies. He was a founding investor behind TheraSense and Insulet Corp. (the OmniPod company), so he knows a thing or two about innovation…Read more »
Michelle Rago dreams of documenting children’s life with diabetes through an extensive photo exhibit — and she needs our help to do it.
Michelle’s name will be familiar to many ChildrenwithDiabetes families as one of the Elementary Program Staff for the CWD conferences and as the winner of the Jeff Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Michelle is mom to Trent and Maya, who both have diabetes, and to Michaela, who does not. Michelle has…
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 »