- T1D and School
- T1D and mental health / Avoiding and Overcoming Diabetes Burnout
- T1D 1st 2 years
- Adulting with T1D: Perspectives on Thriving in Your Career, Relationships, Family, and Everyday Life
- New Diabetes Tech on the Horizon
- Getting the Most from your Pump and CGM
TypeOneNation Summit / PEAK Los Angeles
March 26, 2017, Pasadena, CA
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Enjoy a full day of inspirational and educational activities lead by national and local experts to help you and your loved ones better manage life with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Network with others and visit our Wellness Area, featuring diabetes devices, resources, and other summit supporters. All those impacted by T1D are welcome to attend. The morning program includes a keynote by Dr. Aaron Kowalski followed by a presentation by Moira McCarthy. Since the afternoon TypeOneNation breakout sessions and PEAK run side-by-side, attendees are required to pick ONE. Click the button below to register for TypeOneNation. To register for PEAK, click the link in the PEAK section of this page. Each individual participant, including teens and children, needs to be registered separately.register
Registration and Vendor Fair
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Aaron Kowalski
Moira McCarthy Stanford - Living Well With Diabetes Along the Road to a Cure
Lunch and Vendor Fair
Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 2
- T1D and Advocacy
- T1D 1st 2 years
- T1D and Teens
- T1D and School
- T1D and Exercise / The Lag Effect of Food and Impact on Blood Glucose
KidsNation and Teen Talk
While the adults are attending their breakout sessions and panel discussions, kids with T1D and their siblings ages 5 and up will participate in fun, supervised activities. Kids will ice skate in the afternoon (spaces are limited). Teens will have their own sessions and of course, will ice skate too.
Professional Stuntman and Ironman TriatheleteBio
Professional Stuntman and Ironman Triathelete
Avery has lived an exciting a Hollywood life since his diagnosis with diabetes in 1993. At the age of three, dressed as a trouble-making troll, Mike became the youngest stunt performer in the industry. By age 12, he was a precision driver able to intentionally spin and crash his car. Since then, Mike has made a career of crashing cars, falling off of buildings, and getting set on fire. He has jumped from bridges, helicopters, and airplanes pretending to be some of Hollywood’s biggest names. He has over 100 film, television, and commercial credits and is known for his work on Titanic (1997), The Prestige (2006), Ocean’s 13 (2007), The O.C., Hannah Montana, Grimm, and Horrible Bosses (2011) among others.
A lifelong athlete, Mike more recently became interested in sprint distance triathlons. In 2015, he completed his first full Ironman as part of Riding on Insulin’s Endurance Team, which included 40 other athletes with diabetes. His advocacy efforts leading up to the Ironman helped Mike realize his true passion – educating and encouraging fellow people with diabetes. Mike discusses how staying active, using an insulin pump in his daily life, and a strong support system have helped him lead a healthy and exciting life.
Clement Cheung, MD PhD
Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern CaliforniaBio
Clement Cheung, MD PhD
Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Clement Cheung, MD PhD is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. He did his medical school and graduate school at the University of Washington Medical Scientist Training Program. His Ph.D was in Physiology and Biophysics. He did his residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at UCSF. He had a K08 Award from NIDDK and Clinical Scholar Award from the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society and studied the role of the Ventromedial Hypothalamic Nucleus in the regulation of energy homeostasis at UCSF. His areas of expertise include endocrine disorders in pediatric neuro-oncology patients, neuroendocrinology, and hypothalamic obesity. He has recently accepted the position as the Associate Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at CHLA.
Kelly L. CloseBio
Kelly L. Close
Kelly Close founded Close Concerns in 2002; her company’s mission is to make everyone smarter about diabetes. At Close Concerns, Kelly and her team write approximately three million words each year on diabetes, obesity, and digital health. Kelly's passion for the field comes from her extensive professional work as well as from her personal experience, having had diabetes for over 30 years. Kelly is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as “Targeting A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: How Long Do We Have to Wait?” a widely-praised book published by the ADA in 2013. Kelly is an associate editor of Clinical Diabetes, a journal focused on diabetes for primary care physicians published quarterly by the ADA. Close Concerns won the ADA’s “Excellence in Health Communications” Award in 2012 and Kelly and her team write a quarterly column in Journal of Diabetes, a peer-reviewed journal based in Shanghai.
Kelly is the founder of diaTribe.org, begun in 2006 as an educational resource for people with diabetes. She also chairs The diaTribe Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2013 to improve the lives of people with diabetes and pre-diabetes and to advocate for action. Before starting Close Concerns and The diaTribe Foundation, Kelly’s work focused on life sciences more broadly. Over nearly a dozen years, she worked on Wall Street (investment banking at Goldman Sachs, equity research at Merrill Lynch) and at McKinsey & Company, where her work centered on life science, managed care, and nonprofit organizations.
Kelly has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was a founding board member of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, and a previous executive board member of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. She and husband John are co-hosts of the popular discussion series CPS Lectures. They live in San Francisco with their three children.
Kailee Gaffny, RNlll, BSN, CDEBio
Kailee Gaffny, RNlll, BSN, CDE
Kailee Gaffny, Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 13 years old gave Kailee the passion and motivation to pursue a career in helping children live well with diabetes. Kailee received her first degree in psychology and further obtained her bachelors in nursing. Kailee spent her the first 3 years of her career in the specialty of Pediatrics at which time she advanced her skills to become a Certified Diabetes Educator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she is currently employed. Kailee brings to her position, not only the expertise as a clinician, but as a person with type 1 diabetes who truly understands what it means to live with diabetes. Breakout Session presenter
|Arianna Helfant was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age six, nearly 22 years ago. She earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California and currently works as a therapist in Tarzana. Arianna’s clinical focus is diabetes. She treats children, teens, adults, and families dealing with a diagnosis of diabetes and diabetes related issues. Since her diagnosis, Arianna has been involved with JDRF through the Imagine Gala and walks, as well as ADA through the Father of the Year dinner and as a member of the Youth and Family Committee. TeenTalk facilitator|
Kevin Kaiserman, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist, Los AngelesBio
Kevin Kaiserman, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist, Los Angeles
Dr. Kaiserman currently works with children and adolescents living with type 1 diabetes in private practice at SoCal Diabetes in the LA area. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Kaiserman was Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Clinical Diabetes Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Kaiserman earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and completed his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics and his fellowship in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaiserman is a member of the American Diabetes Association and the Pediatric Endocrine Society and was on the LA Board of the American Diabetes Association and JDRF, as well as the Board of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. Dr. Kaiserman is active at his local diabetes camp, Camp Conrad-Chinnock, where he serves as the camp medical director and member of the Board. Kevin was honored at JDRF LA as Diabetes Champion, 2012 and has helped raised funds for the APP.
Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD
Chief Mission Officer & Vice President, ResearchBio
Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD
Chief Mission Officer & Vice President, Research
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., was appointed JDRF’s first Chief Mission officer in December 2014 and serves as a key link between JDRF and the broad diabetes community. Dr. Kowalski combines his professional experience as a scientist with his personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 30 years to help guide and champion JDRF’s programs focused on creating a world without T1D. Dr. Kowalski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of diabetes technologies and has been a leader of JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Research Project, a multi-million dollar initiative that began in 2005 to accelerate the progress toward automated insulin-delivery systems. His ability to translate science into easily understandable concepts has made him a voice for diabetes research in the popular media, appearing on The Martha Stewart Show, dLife, Fox Business, and NPR, among others. He is often quoted in the print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and People magazine. Dr. Kowalski is a member of the JDRF PEAK Program’s expert panel and often speaks about the importance of exercise and diet in better diabetes control. While living with T1D, he has completed 17 marathons. He often shares his insights on exercise and diabetes on Twitter (@aaronjkowalski). He earned his doctorate in molecular genetics from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Moira McCarthy StanfordBio
Moira McCarthy Stanford
Moira McCarthy Stanford lives in Plymouth, MA and has been affiliated with JDRF’s New England Chapter for more than 15 years. She is connected to type 1 diabetes through her 22-year-old daughter, Lauren Stanford, who was diagnosed at the age of 6.
Since Moira’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she has been a dedicated supporter of JDRF. She is currently a volunteer on the Online Diabetes Support Team. In the past, she has been chair of JDRF’s Children’s Congress 2005, national chair of JDRF Grassroots Advocacy, national chair of Outreach, president of the New England Chapter and has served on various national committees. Moira’s family organized one of the nation’s top Walk teams for years, and she has chaired her chapter’s million dollar-plus gala three times. She is now an annual top fundraiser for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, and was awarded the Ride’s prestigious “Rose Promise Jersey” in 2013.
Moira is a former national award-winning crime reporter and newspaper editor, and the author of the best-selling books, “The Everything Parents Guide to Diabetes” and "Raising Teens With Diabetes: A Parent Survival Guide," which was released in June of 2013. Moira is also an avid skier, and is a contributing editor at SKI Magazine as well as a weekly sports columnist for the Boston Herald and a sports talk radio personality in Boston. Her advocacy and tireless support of type 1 diabetes research has landed her a spot as guest speaker on CNN Live and many other media outlets. She is also the creator of a well-known blog called despitediabetes.
On behalf of JDRF, Moira has given numerous research presentations on various topics at educational research seminars, chapter research updates, and at several Walks and Galas. She also speaks often on the theme of ‘thriving with T1D on board: Making it work until the cure.” She is comfortable speaking in front of large and small audiences, and regularly incorporates fundraising in her talks.
Cynthia Muñoz, PhD, MPHBio
Cynthia Muñoz, PhD, MPH
Cynthia Muñoz, PhD, MPH is a bilingual licensed psychologist who holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a MPH in Maternal and Child Health. Currently, she serves as the coordinator for Endocrinology mental health referrals at the CHLA Behavioral Health Center, where she provides clinical service in both English and Spanish, and conducts research targeting behavioral health issues associated with pediatric insulin-dependent diabetes. Muñoz co-developed a psychosocial program for teens who are living with insulin-dependent diabetes, siblings, and caregivers, Teen Power. Teen Power is offered through the CHLA Behavioral Health Center. She also co-facilitates the CHLA-JDRF support groups at CHLA and is actively involved with the ADA Community Leadership Board and both the Advocacy and Safe at School committees.
|Christel is a blogger, certified personal trainer, bikini fitness competitor and fitness model. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1997, and at an early stage decided that that wasn’t going to slow her down. On TheFitBlog.com she writes about Health, Fitness and how to be Fit With Diabetes. She trains people with diabetes from across the globe, online and in person, and supports them in meeting their fitness goals. KidsNation presenter|
Greta Parker is a passionate advocate for children living with type 1 diabetes. Her teen daughter was diagnosed at the age of 6. Currently she is the Chairperson, for the American Diabetes Association’s Safe at School program in Los Angeles. She has been fortunate to be trained by some of the nation’s leading disability rights attorneys. She believes that all children living with type 1 diabetes deserve to attend school safely. She has been a volunteer with JDRF for almost 10 years. Breakout Session presenter
Michael Polisky, MDBio
Michael Polisky, MD
Dr. Polisky graduated with Honors in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine where he graduated with Highest Distinction and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honors fraternity. He did a combined residency training program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Los Angeles County General Hospital where he won an award for teaching from the medical students rotating with him. This was followed by a chief residency year in Pediatrics. Finally he completed a two-year fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is triple-boarded in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is currently in private practice in Van Nuys, California seeing both adults and children, outpatient and inpatient at Valley Presbyterian Hospital where he also the current Chair of the Department of Medicine.
Jennifer Raymond, MDBio
Jennifer Raymond, MD
Dr. Raymond is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is the Clinical Diabetes Director in the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and the Vice Chair of the Executive Telehealth Committee. Dr. Raymond received her medical degree and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Kansas. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Master of Clinical Research at Oregon Health and Science University.
|Dr. Raymond had an American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award while in Oregon, and then moved to the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes in Colorado to continue her research with funding from the National Institute of Health. Her research focuses on behavioral and clinical care interventions for patients with type 1 diabetes, and she is currently funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Dr. Raymond’s current work is examining innovative clinical care models for adolescents and young adults with diabetes, including shared medical appointments and use of technology and telemedicine to improve access to high quality diabetes care. Breakout Session presenter|
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
Owner and Clinical Director, Integrated Diabetes ServicesBio
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
Owner and Clinical Director, Integrated Diabetes Services
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE is Owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services (www.integrateddiabetes.com), a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D). He and his staff have built a worldwide reputation for providing state-of-the-art type 1 diabetes care on an individualized remote basis. Gary has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 20 years and was named the 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He has had T1D for 30 years and makes personal use of all the latest technology. Gary has written six books, including the best-selling Think Like A Pancreas-A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin.
Dr. Patrice M. YasudaBio
Dr. Patrice M. Yasuda
Dr. Patrice M. Yasuda is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA, specializing in health psychology. She completed her internship at Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Resnick Neuropsychiatric
Institute. She has a long standing history working in diabetes, previously working at the UCLA Diabetes Clinic where she was on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty. Now at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Yasuda is the Director of Behavioral Health at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism conducting clinical service, hospital-wide and community trainings, research, and advocacy on diabetes related issues. She co-facilitates the JDRF-CHLA monthly support group for children and teens with type 1 diabetes and their families. She also has a private practice in Westwood.
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New in 2017:
The JDRF Performance in Exercise and Knowledge (PEAK) program is an innovative, unique outreach initiative to help increase education on effective management of physical activity for individuals with T1D. Its goal is to break new ground in supporting safe, informed exercise within the T1D community. The JDRF PEAK program is available to anyone with T1D – both those who exercise or wish to begin to exercise, as well as their caregivers. Kids and teens are invited to be part of the KidsNation and Teen Talk programs, which will include ice skating in the afternoon.
Schedule of Events for PEAK:
Morning – Guest Registration, Vendor Fair, Keynote presentation by Dr. Aaron Kowalski and speaker Moira McCarthy
Afternoon PEAK program
General Session 1: Diabetes and Physical Activity
- Getting into the game
- Ramping up your game
General Session 2: Fueling for the Game
Q & A and Panel Discussion
CLICK HERE to register for PEAK.