Thank you for joining our series of virtual educational sessions!

We could not come together in-person due to COVID-19, and are grateful our speakers continued to host a virtual experience.

Check out all NINE session recordings below! Hear information on exciting type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and educational discussions important to you – all from the comfort of your own home!
  • Keynote: When possibility becomes reality: an update on type 1 diabetes research progress.
    • Speaker: Annie Shultz is a Program Manager for Diabetes TrialNet based at the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, WA. 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 T1D.
      She was recently awarded the Auto-immune Alliance-A3 Focus Award for her spirit, dedication and community involvement while living with an autoimmune disease—or four to be exact. Her passion for moving T1D research forward took on a new perspective when she and her husband welcomed their son Nico in January of 2019. 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.
    • Topic: A personal story of time, progress and the impact of research on those living with T1D.  Our keynote focuses on the first-ever human study that delayed the onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D), what this means for the future and where else is progress being made.
    • Resources:
  • In Sickness and in Health—ImmunoTHERAPY for T1D
    • Speaker: Annie Shultz
    • Topic: T1D is an autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks insulin producing beta cells. This session provides an “immunology 101” overview of the “healthy” immune system, and how that changes in the development of T1D as well as what immunotherapy is – and how it can help T1D.
  • Nutrition Trends in T1D
    • Speaker: Lauren Plunkett is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDE) practicing in the Minneapolis area. She is a public speaker, fitness instructor, owner of LP Nutrition Consulting, and has lived with T1D for more than two decades. Her specialties include healthy lifestyle education for chronic disease support, sports performance, plant-based nutrition, weight management, and prevention with age. Follow Lauren on Instagram @LPNC or Facebook.
    • Topic: Nutrition trends today, including the latest and greatest in nutrition research to support the best outcomes in health and blood sugar control, and how to eat strategically to sustain energy levels and develop long-term healthy habits fad-diet free.
    • JDRF Food & Diet Resources
  • Exercise and T1D: Put the wheels in motion!
    • Speaker: Lauren Plunkett RDN, LD, CDE
    • Topic: PEAK (Performance in Exercise and Knowledge) – Find out why duration and intensity of exercise matter, and how you can design your own protocol to not only prevent lows and highs during exercise but also overnight, while fueling performance at the same time. For all fitness levels.
    • Exercise & T1D information & videos
  • Diabetes Distress & Burnout
    • Speaker: Allison Nimlos, MA, is a therapist and diabetic health coach specializing in chronic illness, anxiety, relationships, and life transitions. Allison’s strong passion for chronic illness and its impact on individuals, couples and families stems from her more than 25 years living with T1D. Follow Allison on Instagram @thediabetictherapist and her website.
    • Topic: Session will provide support for individuals with T1D on the psychosocial barriers to T1D and identifying & coping with T1D distress & depression.
    • Mental Health Resources
  • JDRF Advocacy 101 & Health Policy Priorities
    • Speakers: Steve Shirmang & Shana Durham serve as our Chapter Advocacy Team Chairs, building relationships with our Members of Congress. They both have a personal connection to T1D; Steve’s son Sam and Shana’s daughter Molly.
    • Topic: JDRF Advocacy efforts, health policy priorities, and how you can use your voice to support the T1D community.
    • Become a JDRF/T1D Advocate HERE.
  • Taking T1D to School: PreK – 12th grade
    • Speakers: Alicia Rhea, RN is a former school nurse and parent of a teen with T1D. Edwin Bonner works for the Lincoln Public School District, specializing in 504 plans. He was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 23.
    • Topic: Tips & strategies for how families and schools can work together to ensure the best possible care for your student, 504 plans, field trips and more.
    • School Resources
  • Off To College
    • Speakers: Kameran Ulferts helped form the first College Diabetes Network in State on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. Aaron Tidyman is a college athlete. Both Kam & Aaron serve as counselors at Camp Floyd Rogers. Follow Kam on Instagram @kamahkazee
    • Topic: Tips for living independently with T1D, visiting campuses, preparing to move out, dorm accommodations, class scheduling, utilizing campus resources, & parental do’s & don’ts.
    • College Diabetes Network resources for students & parents
    • Additional Scholarship resources – Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarships
  • Conversations about Severe Low Blood Sugar & New Treatment Options
    • Speaker: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC‐ADM, CDE is a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and presenting on behalf of Xeris Pharmaceuticals.
    • Topic: Amy discusses new glucagon treatment options, including efficacy, usability, safety.

JDRF Resources for the T1D Community.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Local Sponsors
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Diabetes Supply
CHAD Combined Health Agencies Drive is a local, donor-designation driven organization that has been raising funds for Nebraska’s premier health charities since 1972 through workplace partnerships.

Premier Sponsor
Lilly DiabetesInsulin savings & T1D Every Day Magic (Lilly & Disney Resources)

Supporting Sponsors
Dexcom – Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)
Insulet Corporation – Omnipod Tubeless Insulin Pump
Medtronic – Insulin Pump & Continuous Glucose MCGM)
Novo NordiskInsulin savings
Tandem Diabetes Care – Insulin Pump
Xeris – Gvoke Premixed, prefilled, premeasured liquid glucagon