JDRF TypeOneNation Summit Boston

April 9, 2022, Boston, MA
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The deadline to register for JDRF’s Greater New England TypeOneNation Summit Boston has passed and we are no longer accepting online registrations at this time. Please contact the JDRF Greater New England Chapter with any concerns by emailing greaternewengland@jdrf.org or by calling Lauren Shields at 617-831-1128.



    2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom Foyer and Republic Ballroom


    2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom


    2nd Floor, Constitution Ballroom and Back Bay Ballroom
    Refer to Floor Plan for Room Assignments


    2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom and Republic Ballroom


    2nd Floor, Constitution Ballroom and Back Bay Ballroom
    Refer to Floor Plan for Room Assignments


    2nd Floor, Republic Ballroom and Grand Ballroom



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Sheraton Boston Hotel


The Sheraton Boston Hotel is located at 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199 and is accessible via public transportation.

Directions to the Sheraton Boston Hotel: https://www.jdrf.org/greaternewengland/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2022/04/Directions-to-Sheraton-Boston-Hotel.pdf

Parking is available at the Prudential Center Garage: www.prudentialcenter.com/visit/parking. Attendees are responsible for the cost of parking.

A group rate of $299/night (plus taxes) is available for traditional overnight rooms. Reservations must be made online by Friday, March 18, 2022.

39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199

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JDRF TypeOneNation Summit Boston

We are looking forward to an inspirational and informative event, offering networking opportunities, educational sessions, and a vendor fair. Dress is casual and we encourage attendees to wear their JDRF gear, including Walk t-shirts and Ride jerseys!

More information on the agenda, speaker bios, and educational sessions. Below please find more details for the day.


  • Check In opens at 8:30 a.m. All attendees are required to check in on the second floor in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
  • To expedite the Check In process, please have one member of your party check in on behalf of your group. You can share your first and last name(s) or have the JDRF staff scan the QR code(s) included in your confirmation email upon registration for the summit.
  • After checking in, you will receive a name tag, which identifies the educational session(s) you/your family have selected, as well as the location of these sessions.
  • Coat racks will be available in the Liberty Ballroom. Please note that this room will not be locked, so we ask that you not leave valuables in the room. JDRF and the Sheraton are not responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • All children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at the event; and parent(s)/caregiver(s) are responsible for their child’s diabetes management during the event. Child care is not available and Youth Programming will be not offered this year.


  • A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided and will include gluten-friendly and vegetarian options. Please note that the hotel will display estimated carb counts for breakfast and lunch.   
  • We have made every attempt to meet special diet and food allergy needs but cannot guarantee food service for all requests.
    • For other food options, MARKET, which offers fresh grab-and-go items, and SideBar & Grille, the hotel’s casual restaurant and bar, are located on the first floor.

We are excited to return to an in-person summit and look forward to seeing you at the event on Saturday! Should you have any questions or need more information about the day, please email the JDRF Greater New England Chapter at greaternewengland@jdrf.org or call Lauren Shields at 617-831-1128.

Join us for a free one-day, in-person, educational summit event, bringing together all within the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community. Learn about research advances, participate in discussions with experts, and meet others living with T1D. Educational sessions will be focused on T1D care and management, and will be geared for different audiences. Pre-registration is required for the JDRF TypeOneNation Summit Boston by Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at noon EDT. We cannot accept walk-in registrations the day of the event.

The educational program and conversations will be geared toward an adult audience. Child care is not available. With respect to event and participant safety, there will be no Youth Programming offered this year.

Covid-19 Information

At JDRF, protecting the health and safety of our TypeOneNation Summit Boston guests, speakers, volunteers, vendors, and staff remains a top priority as we prepare to come together in person to advance the mission we all share.

JDRF has analyzed recent COVID-19 data and trends and there has been a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases around the country. For this reason, JDRF has made the decision to discontinue the proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID test requirement for attendees of the TypeOneNation Summit Boston.

Individuals who wish to wear masks at any of our JDRF events are encouraged and welcome to do so. For the health and safety of everyone, event attendees experiencing signs of illness are kindly asked to stay home.

JDRF will continue to monitor all CDC, state, local, and organizational guidelines, which are subject to change. JDRF and/or the Sheraton Boston Hotel may modify elements of the event including, but not limited to, capacity restrictions, social distancing, food service, or masking. We will communicate updates with all summit attendees as the event approaches.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Comins, Executive Director of the JDRF Greater New England Chapter, at ccomins@jdrf.org.

Mission Address: Driving Progress in Research and Advocacy

At JDRF, we have been fighting to create a world where no one has to worry about type 1 diabetes. Since our founding in 1970, we have invested in innovative research to understand and defeat this complex disease. Working with partners across the globe, JDRF is advancing promising science from labs, to human clinical trials, to therapies that can transform lives. Hear an overview of JDRF’s research strategy and priorities, and learn how our advocacy team complements this work through regulatory partnerships, advocating for continued Federal T1D research funding, and promoting policies that ensure affordable access to treatments and therapies for everyone who needs them.

Jaime Giraldo, Ph.D.
Jaime A. Giraldo, Ph.D., is an Associate Director in the Research Department at JDRF. He applies his background in biomedical engineering, cell encapsulation, immunology, stem cell biology and islet transplantation to support JDRF’s work in the Cures Program as lead of the Cell Therapy project and assists the Improving Lives Program in the area of automated insulin delivery (AID) systems. As part of his position, Dr. Giraldo works with scientists and clinicians to accelerate the progression of novel technologies and therapies into the clinic. Prior to joining JDRF in 2016, Dr. Giraldo worked at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, completing his graduate studies investigating nanoscale encapsulation of pancreatic islets for enhanced graft survival and bioactive modification of cell surfaces for modulation of immune cell function in cell therapy for type 1 diabetes. Prior to his graduate work, he conducted stem cell research, exploring methods of enhancing the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing cells using genetically engineered proteins. Dr. Giraldo obtained his B.S.E. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Tulane University and the University of Miami, respectively.

Carla Falasco
Carla Falasco is the Director, Grassroots Advocacy at JDRF. She recently celebrated seven years as a member of the Advocacy staff but began her journey with JDRF as a volunteer in 2009 in the Greater Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter. Carla has spent more than a decade in the non-profit sector, focusing on health and human services organizations that each had a strong advocacy component to their missions. She has varied experiences in communications, development, event production, grassroots organizing, media relations, outreach, and volunteer management. She takes great pride in collaborating with her JDRF colleagues—staff and volunteers alike—on grassroots campaigns, infrastructure development, and fresh ways to engage our advocates in service of our mission.

Keynote Address: The Happiness Minority

The biggest minority group isn’t actually what we think. The biggest minority group we have is people who are actually, whole heartedly, happy with what they do every day and inspire others to do the same. In this talk,Christina creates a deeper understanding of the human experience, with or without diabetes, dissects how to develop more effective strategies as a leader, and helps audiences understand their own ‘whys’ so that they can take the necessary risks to accomplish things they never thought they could, and be happier with their daily lives. The ultimate goal of this talk is to help each person become the “frequent-flyer” for their success so that as a community, we can begin turning the happiness minority into the happiness majority.

Christina Martin
After Christina was diagnosed with T1D at age 13, she started a club at her high school that today, is a non-profit organization providing every-day support to Central Florida families impacted by diabetes. Two years ago, she became the first female with T1D to compete on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Christina now stands on stages around the country (virtually during the pandemic) where she helps to empower both children and adults to create their own paths to success and help others to do the same.

Educational Sessions

Attendees will have the choice of attending two of the following six educational sessions.

  • Improving Lives and Accelerating Cures—JDRF works tirelessly to accelerate breakthroughs to cure type 1 diabetes and improve the lives of those living with the disease. We continually expand our scientific knowledge, our connections and collaborations, our partners, and our global presence to unlock the science that will stop T1D. While we fight for cures, we strive just as hard to develop therapies to help people right now. From securing funding from the Federal Government, to accelerating new technologies and therapies through the regulatory approval process, our Advocacy team engages across the pipeline to ensure critical T1D research maintains its momentum, and life-changing breakthroughs can continue to be realized. In addition, advances in research need to be affordable and accessible, so we are working hard to ensure as many people as possible in the T1D community can benefit from these advancements. This unique co-facilitated session will take a deeper dive into JDRF’s research strategy and priorities and highlight some exciting recent developments and advancements. In addition, attendees will gain an understanding of our current legislative and policy priorities, and how to get involved in driving our Advocacy agenda forward.
  • Practical Tips for Controlling T1D During and After Exercise—The focus of this session is to provide practical tips for reaching your fitness goals while living with type 1 diabetes, including: how to reduce and eliminate hypoglycemia during exercise, how to get rid of post-exercise hypoglycemia, understanding the variables that cause changes to your glucose levels besides food and insulin, and how to effectively prepare for success!
  • Real Talk with Teens—Participate in discussions about real-life topics related to the everyday management of type 1 diabetes. Hear from members of the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Diabetes Program Teen Advisory Committee, who will share their experiences and practical tips on a wide range of subjects relevant to both newly diagnosed individuals as well as anyone entering a new life stage of T1D. A multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers at BCH will be facilitating the conversation.
  • Strong Families: Growing Up with T1D—Growing up is hard, for parents and for kids. It can be even harder with T1D in the mix. This session will give parents and caregivers ideas and tools to support their children with T1D at every age and stage with ideas for becoming a family stronger than anything T1D can throw your way.
  • Supporting Your Student with T1D: A Guide to 504 Plans and Considerations to Set Your Child Up for Success at School—Sending your child to school with T1D can feel stressful, and you want to know they are safe and able to engage in all their school has to offer. In this talk we will go into detail about 504 plans; their practice and purpose and discuss other tips for supporting your child in school.
  • T1D in Adulthood—Panelists will share their perspectives on thriving with type 1 diabetes in their careers, relationships, and everyday life.



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Greater New England Chapter
7814310700 | greaternewengland@jdrf.org

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