Registration and Vendor Fair, TrialNet Screenings, New Family Meet-Up
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.register
Registration and Vendor Fair, TrialNet Screenings, New Family Meet-Up
JDRF Keynote Presentation
Trial Net Screenings
Advocacy & Walk Updates
Breakout Session A
Breakout Session B
Dr. David Ahn is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Endocrinology at UCLA. His passion in Endocrinology and diabetes technology was first kindled after reviewing the first iPhone-compatible glucose meter as an editor for iMedicalApps.com. During his time as editor from 2010-2015, he also covered the emergence of the digital health movement, particularly in relation to smartphone apps and wearable sensors.
In addition to his clinical practice at UCLA, Dr. Ahn is currently Technology Editor of the blog for not-for-profit Taking Control of Your DIabetes (blog.tcoyd.org) and his writing has been featured in publications such as Diabetes Forecast, MedPageToday, Medgadget, and the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. In his free time, Dr. Ahn has created several iPhone apps including Sugar Streak, a glucose logbook app.”
Professional Stuntman and Ironman TriatheleteBio
Professional Stuntman and Ironman Triathelete
Avery has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 24 years. As a retired professional stuntman with over 100 film and T.V. credits and an Ironman triathlete, he has been spending most of his life pushing the limits of what people think a person with Type 1 diabetes is capable of. He also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with National Ski Patrol for 5 years, where he was first introduced to the PADRE Foundation. Since then he has dedicated his life to sharing his story in hopes others will challenge themselves, engage more in their self care, and advocate for Type 1 diabetes the best way they know how.
Dan Bisno is a project coordinator for TrialNet and the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Oberlin College in 2017. During college, Dan volunteered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Thousand Smiles Foundation, solidifying his commitment to improving education and access to healthcare for patients with diabetes and chronic conditions. In 2016, Dan was an intern finalist with the Students with Diabetes organization and spent the summer working with prototype insulin pump models at Tandem Diabetes Care. In his free time, Dan plays basketball and tennis, using an insulin pump and CGM to monitor his blood sugar.
Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern CaliforniaBio
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.
Matthew Freeby, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Director of the Gonda Diabetes Center and the Associate Director of Diabetes Clinical Programs at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.
Scientist, Discovery Research, JDRFBio
Scientist, Discovery Research, JDRF
Jaime Giraldo, Ph.D. is a scientist in the Discovery Research program at JDRF. He applies his background in biomedical engineering, encapsulation, immunology, stem cell biology and islet transplantation to support JDRF’s work in beta cell replacement, working with investigators to ensure projects are progressing so that these technologies and therapies move closer to the clinic. In addition, Dr. Giraldo supports JDRF’s efforts in the artificial pancreas program in the same capacity.
Prior to joining JDRF in 2016, Dr. Giraldo worked at the Diabetes Research Institute, completing his graduate studies researching 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.
Clinical Research Coordinator, USC Westside Center for DiabetesBio
Clinical Research Coordinator, USC Westside Center for Diabetes
Mark Harmel, MPH, CDE is the clinical research coordinator and diabetes educator at the USC Westside Center for Diabetes. As part of the T1D Exchange network, he manages the Clinical Registry and has been the coordinator for the Replace BG trial that proved that a Dexcom is safe and effective for making insulin dosing decisions, and is currently using the Dexcom G6 to update the data on people without diabetes. The next study is looking at T1D in people 60 and over. He also managed and inhaled insulin trial and the center is part of the TrialNet network.
Also, is a contributor to Medscape, Mark is the videographer for the Peters on Diabetes series and is a member of the major diabetes meeting reporting teams. He is an active advocate who has visited representatives in the US Capitol and his congressional district promoting insurance coverage, diabetes research funding and raising insulin prices.
Arianna Helfant is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California and currently works at the West Valley Counseling Center in Tarzana. Arianna has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 22 years and her clinical focus is diabetes. She treats children, teens, adults, and families dealing with a diagnosis of diabetes and diabetes related issues. Arianna currently co-facilitates a Teen Power group at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since her diagnosis, Arianna has been involved with JDRF, ADA, and Camp Conrad-Chinnock.
is a registered nurse with 40 years of direct patient care. The last 15 years have been as a specialist in diabetes management as a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Her initial diabetes position focused on the adult population, and has worked in various clinical settings during my career, both hospital based, bedside, emergency care, and outpatient settings, as well as school nursing.
Diabetes education is her passion, and for past 5 years she has specialized in the management of pediatric diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 , supporting the needs of parents and children, aiming to help families reduce the burden of daily care, and help them to meet success with good diabetes control, incorporating latest technology advances as appropriate.
In her current position, she provides 1:1 support as both case manager of children with diabetes, for families, children, school nurses and all caretakers , as well as direct teaching of insulin pump and CGM therapies.
was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was eight years old. After her diagnosis she attended and worked at Camp Conrad Chinnock. She later volunteered with the American Diabetes Association and PADRE Foundation. She currently works as an Emergency Room Nurse and looks forward to advancing her nursing practice.
Pediatric Endocrinologist, Los AngelesBio
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.
Valerie Macy-Hurley is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). She has worked for Miller Children's Hospital as a Medical Social Worker in the Outpatient Endocrine Center for over 10 years, prior to which she spent 6 years working as an outpatient pediatric mental health clinician for non-profit and county agencies. Valerie is passionate about helping children and their families identify and overcome psycho-social barriers to caring for their health so they can thrive.
Laura Mecoy is the mother of two young adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She and her family have been active in JDRF since 2000.
They have raised and donated more than $250,000. Laura served as a walk team captain for 15 years. She’s been a mentor for the newly diagnosed. She founded the South Bay parent group and has been a member of the Board for more than 8 years. She was chair of the Los Angeles and the Long Beach Walk Committees
With her daughter, Grace Walker, she participated in the 2015 JDRF Children’s Congress. Her son, Ryan Walker, also was a South Bay Walk Ambassador when JDRF still had a South Bay Walk.
She and her husband, Cary Walker, are members of the JDRF LA Ride team. They are training now for their fourth JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Laura now serves on several Board Committees and recently became the Los Angeles Chapter’s Advocacy Team Chair.
is a Los Angeles based blogger, certified personal trainer, and diabetes advocate. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1997 and at an early stage decided that it wasn’t going to slow her down. Her motto is “There is Nothing You Can’t do With Diabetes”. She writes about how to be Fit With Diabetes on DiabetesStrong.com. She also coaches people with diabetes from across the globe, online and in person, and supports them in meeting their health and fitness goals.
Christel holds a MBA in Finance & Strategy and an ISSA Personal Trainer certification with specialization in Fitness and Diabetes (Level 3 certified from the Diabetes Motion Academy).
Transition Navigator, MemorialCare Miller Children & Women's HospitalBio
is 26 years old and has had type one diabetes for nearly all her life. She has never let it stop her from doing anything, even attending a photojournalism school that led her to live in eight different countries! She came home from her experience feeling stuck, and not knowing what she wanted to do with her photography. And then it hit her - she decided she would begin photographing every person with type one diabetes who was willing to share their story. This project turned into its very own nonprofit called You're Just My Type! It reaches out to inspiring and extraordinary Type 1 diabetics, chronicling their struggles, challenges, and victories of everyday life. You're Just My Type was born out of a desire to give a voice and a face to an invisible disease. Combining photography with personal interviews, we seek to ensure that nobody living on this planet with type 1 diabetes feels alone."
Beth Pyatak Assistant Professor, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Beth is a licensed occupational therapist, certified diabetes educator, and parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. She completed her MA in occupational therapy and PhD in occupational science (the study of the relationship between everyday activities, or “occupations,” to health and well-being) at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Pyatak’s research and clinical interests are in developing lifestyle interventions to promote self-management and psychosocial well-being for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions. Occupational therapy focuses specifically on helping people develop health-promoting habits and routines, which help make self-management activities more consistent and less burdensome in daily life. This intervention approach has been found to help young adults with diabetes improve both their quality of life and their blood glucose control. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Helmsley Foundation, and the USC Clinical and Translational Science Institute to develop and evaluate interventions for adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes, as well as older adults with type 2 diabetes
Executive Director, JDRF LABio
Executive Director, JDRF LA
Judy Ranan joined JDRF after five years with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she led the effort raising millions of dollars through individual giving, major gifts and numerous events, including a Block Party on Wisteria Lane on the Universal backlot with the talent of the ABC show, Desperate Housewives. Prior to her position as ED at CFF, Judy was the senior marketing director for the Toronto Film Office in Los Angeles. The bulk of her career was involved in developing and producing television movies and miniseries for network and cable.
President and Chief Executive Officer, JDRF InternationalBio
President and Chief Executive Officer, JDRF International
Derek Rapp is President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. Prior to his appointment in 2014, Derek served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for JDRF International and was formally JDRF Research Chair. He has been involved in the research funding and oversight activities of JDRF since 2005.
From early 2001 until February 2011, Derek was Chief Executive Officer of Divergence, Inc., a science-based company finding solutions in the prevention and control of pest infections. He led the successful sale of the company in February 2011. As CEO of Divergence, Derek’s main responsibilities included developing and implementing the company’s strategy, ensuring suitable financing of the company, implementing relationships with licensees and collaborators, and overseeing operations.
Derek has also been an active volunteer with numerous leadership roles in different organizations, including JDRF International.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University with concentrations in Economics and German and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Derek is married to Emily Rapp, and they have three children (Helen – 23, Turner – 21, who was diagnosed with T1D in 2004, and William – 18).
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|
Director of Diabetes Immunology, City of HopeBio
Director of Diabetes Immunology, City of Hope
Dr. Bart O. Roep is Chair and Professor of Department of Diabetes Immunology, and holds the Chan Soon-Shiong Shapiro Distinguished Chair in Diabetes at the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in Los Angeles. He is also Professor of Medicine, Professor of Diabetology, Immunopathology & Intervention and Director of the National Diabetes Center of Excellence at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands and Visiting Professor of the Danish Diabetes Academy. After studying medical sciences and medicine at the University of Amsterdam, he obtained his PhD in medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center. He discovered the role of T cells in diabetes and focused on defining human cellular immune responses, autoantigen identification, and islet transplantation and the design, execution and immunological monitoring of immune intervention strategies in clinical type 1 diabetes and beta-cell replacement therapies, including pioneering trials on tissue-specific tolerance induction, gene and stem cell therapy. He is founder and director of the national platform for clinical immune intervention therapy in The Netherlands and published more than 350 original articles on his discoveries. He received many prestigious awards, including the Minkowski Prize, the VICI award and a Fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Project Manager, Outreach & Recruitment TrialNet Hub, The Benaroya Research InstituteBio
Project Manager, Outreach & Recruitment TrialNet Hub, The Benaroya Research Institute
Annie was born and raised in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in White Salmon, WA. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 with a Degree in Exercise Science--Sports Medicine, but chose a sports business route. That took her to Tacoma, WA where she was the Senior Director of Marketing for the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. While working for the Rainiers, Annie connected with the local JDRF Branch and volunteered on the South Sound Board of Directors. While volunteering she was hired by JDRF as a Regional Marketing Manger. She remained with JDRF for three years before taking a new and exciting role in the T1D research world with Diabetes TrialNet. TrialNet is a worldwide network of researchers and institutions focused on preventing type 1 diabetes. Annie is the Project Manager for Outreach & Recruitment for the Diabetes TrialNet network.
Annie came to the T1D research worlds as a person who is directly impacted by T1D. Her father was diagnosed in 1964 at age 19, Annie herself was diagnosed at age 21. She and her family members have participated in numerous clinical research trials of type 1 diabetes. Specifically, Annie has participated in trials for the artificial pancreas at the Benaroya Research Institute. She is also a member of the JDRF Speakers Bureau, a past Board Member for ConnecT1D an organization that puts on a type 1 diabetes family camp and a volunteer for JDRF Seattle. She was recently awarded the Auto-immune Alliance-A3 Focus Award for her spirit, dedication and community involvement while living with an autoimmune disease. She admits that while her story can be difficult to share, it demonstrates very clearly the tremendous advancements that are a direct result of JDRF funded research.
Eric was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, strives to inspire the diabetes community through sports and utilizes his athletic accomplishments, such as running across America and Ironman triathlon races, as a platform to be a role model in the diabetes community. Just one month after his first marathon, Eric along with 9 teammates, all living with diabetes, took on the inaugural Run Across America covering 3,000 miles, coast-to-coast, in just 15 days, ending in NYC on World Diabetes Day. When he was diagnosed with diabetes, Eric drew from what he learned from sports - commitment, teamwork and perseverance - to help him stay active and not let diabetes stand in his way. Eric developed an effective health care team who help him manage his diabetes the best he can, so he can continue to pursue the life he wants. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon and also completed numerous Ironman Triathlons. Eric is the co-founder of Diabetes Sports Project (DSP). DSP is an organization built to inspire. Led by a group of world class athletes who thrive with diabetes, their stories, athletic accomplishments and community outreach empower others to live healthy, responsible and active lives
is a Professional Firefighter Paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 24 years. In 2013, he became the first person living with Diabetes to be hired as a firefighter in the Greater Los Angeles area. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Swiftwater Rescue Team, Urban Search and Rescue Team, as well as a Reserve Firefighter for the Israeli Fire Department. Jake volunteers on the Medical Staff at Camp Conrad Chinnock and participated in many events with the PADRE Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and rock climbing.
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.
Parking is $13 at the Convention Center or $6 with validation or $9 without validation at the Paseo Colorado across the street from the Convention Center on Green Street. Public transportation is available via the Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
On Sunday, April 22,2018 JDRF will be hosting TypeOneNation at Pasadena Convention Center. Join the type 1 diabetes community to learn from the experts about T1D technology, therapies, health and wellness.
The day will feature a keynote presentation by Derek Rapp, President and CEO who will speak about JDRF’s mission and Timeline.
Following this will be a Technology Update panel which includes Dr. Bart O. Roep, Chairman of the Department of Diabetes Immunology City of Hope, Jaime A. Giraldo, PhD. Scientist, Discovery Research, JDRF, Mark Harmel, MPH, CDE, Clinical Research Coordinator, USC Westside Center for Diabetes and Anne Shultz, Project Manager,Outreach & Recruitment TrialNet Hub at the Benaroya Research Institute
After lunch, TrialNet Screenings and a vendor fair, participants will then choose from a variety of breakout session topics for all ages and stages of T1D including:
Kids Programing will include a magician, a Mad Science presentation (a science enrichment hands on science program), crafts and yoga in the morning.
Teens Programing will include a Sports and T1D panel of life stages of T1D. From teen years to college and beyond.