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Betty Brackenridge, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., has worked for decades providing patient and professional education in Phoenix, Arizona. The author of Diabetes 101 and Sweet Kids, books for people living with diabetes, and of numerous professional publications, Ms. Brackenridge is a powerful and entertaining speaker on both the human and medical aspects of living with and caring for diabetes.


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Bob Bulgarelli, M.D., is a cardiologist who specializes in Preventative and Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine. Bob has spent the last several years working with Dean Ornish, MD and Andy Weil, MD in developing a more holistic approach to cardiac care as well as running stress management workshops. He is the director of The Smart Heart Program for Main Line Health System. Smart Hearts is a comprehensive lifestyle program geared toward risk reduction for heart patients, including diet, exercise, stress management, group support and spirituality. His program is expanding to help patients with obesity and diabetes as well. Programs like his have been recently shown to be effective in delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Bob has a particular interest in bringing his message of healthy lifestyle change to children and adolescents.


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Douglas Cairns was a jet pilot and flight instructor in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) when, in 1989, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. With his flight medical license revoked, Douglas left the RAF a year later and changed career to the finance industry. In 1999, Douglas discovered that it was possible to obtain an unrestricted private pilot's license in the USA assuming certain medical requirements were met. In 2000, he obtained that license. In 2002, "Diabetes World Flight" was born to show aviation authorities around the world that it is possible for such pilots to fly safely according to US FAA regulations. Douglas flew around the world in a light aircraft in 159 days, flying over 26,300 nautical miles and visiting 22 countries. He is a tremendous example that diabetes does not have to limit the scope of our dreams and ambitions.


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Nathaniel Clark, M.D., M.S., R.D., is the National Vice President of Clinical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association, and continues to care for adults and children with diabetes as a staff endocrinologist at MedStar Clinical Research Institute and the Children's National Medical Center, both in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Clark served as Associate Director of the Vermont Regional Diabetes Center in Burlington, VT and was Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. At the ADA, he currently oversees the development and continuing revision of its clinical practice guidelines and works collaboratively with medical groups, payors, the US government and the pharmaceutical industry to improve diabetes care.


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William Clarke, M.D., is Genentech Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Clarke has been involved in diabetes research for the past 30 years and during his fellowship worked with a prototype of an artificial pancreas. His research has been in the areas of improving glucose control in children with T1DM through a better understanding of the clinical accuracy of patient determined blood glucose readings using a variety a mechanisms including self-blood glucose monitors, estimation, and continuous glucose sensors. He, along with colleagues in Behavioral Medicine, has been involved in developing and testing a psycho-behavioral intervention, "Blood Glucose Awareness Training," which can help people improve their glucose estimation and reduce episodes of severe hypoglycemia, DKA, and auto accidents. He has also worked with a driving simulator to better understand the effects of low blood glucose on driving performance and has recently been involved with studies to understand how parents and children co-regulate T1DM. He is the past recipient of the American Diabetes Association's "Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes in Youth" and is currently a member of the ADA's "Safe at School" Task Force. Dr. Clarke's diabetes practice includes over 500 children and their families.


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Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM, is an exercise physiologist, author, researcher, and associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has authored three books and more than 60 research and educational articles on exercise and diabetes. With almost four decades of practical experience as a type 1 diabetic exerciser herself, she is also a frequent lecturer on all topics related to exercise and diabetes management. Sheri resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and their three boys, who have given her over a decade's worth of parenting experience. An avid recreational exerciser, she enjoys swimming, walking, fitness machines, biking, tennis, weight training, hiking, and yard work, as well as playing with her three (usually) active sons.


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Elizabeth Fenjves, Ph.D., is Director of Gene Therapy at the Diabetes Research Institute. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. Dr. Fenjves' research over the last 10 years has been focused on exploring the transfer of therapeutic genes to treat metabolic disorders. Her lab has been researching two major areas of investigation. In the first, viral vectors are being tested, which will allow efficient, stable and safe transfer of genes that protect islets in the transplant setting. In the second area, she is examining the efficacy of different genes in protecting islets as part of the effort to optimize islet transplantation as a cure for type 1 diabetes. Dr. Fenjves has published her findings in journals such as Human Gene Therapy, Diabetes and Transplantation. She holds an independent research grant from the American Diabetes Association and is a participant in a Center Grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is an active member of the American Society for Gene Therapy, The International Society of Transplantation and The American Transplantation Society.


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Ragnar Hanas, M.D., is a consultant pediatric diabetologist at Uddevalla Hospital in Sweden. His research interests include injection pain and intensive insulin therapy. He is a member of the Endocrine and Diabetes Section of the Swedish Pediatric Association and was previously on the steering committee. He has taken part in writing national guidelines for diabetes care and has written a comprehensive manual for the management of diabetes care in children and adolescents and young adults, which has been translated into several languages. He has taken part in writing the ISPAD (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes) Consensus Guidelines for diabetes care in children and adolescents. He is responsible for ISPAD's IT program and is co-opted to the Advisory Council.


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David M. Harlan, M.D., is the Chief, Islet and Autoimmunity Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health of the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Harlan has explored the immunopathological mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) for over 15 years, with studies spanning a range from test tube experiments, to animal model research, and to clinical trials. His focus in all that work has been the same however; to find ways to prevent T1DM for those at risk, and to ameliorate - or better - cure it for those already diagnosed. Dr. Harlan is the recipient of several honors and awards, is a sought after speaker, and has published more than 90 scientific manuscripts and chapters.


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Dr. Irl Hirsch is a professor of medicine and holds the Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Dr. Hirsch has been interested in new technologies for the treatment of diabetes, particularly those involved in the use of insulin therapy. He has also been interested in the mechanisms of how insulin co-modulates inflammation with glucose and how this results in improvements in outcomes, particularly of hospitalized patients. The management of hyperglycemia in the hospital has been an interest of Dr. Hirsch for over 20 years. He is involved in numerous clinical research trials, including the Medtronic MiniMed sensor-augmented pump study for which he is a co-PI. He also is interested in the use of computers in diabetes data management, and how pattern recognition can be used to improve diabetes control, in addition to how glycemic variability noted on glucose meter downloads may be an independent risk for microvascular complications. He has a very active clinical practice of which 80% of patients have type 1 diabetes. He has authored over 80 papers including a review of insulin in the New England Journal of Medicine, 30 editorials, numerous book chapters, and four books both for patients and physicians. He is the current editor-in-chief of DOC News and past editor-in-chief of Clinical Diabetes.


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Crystal Jackson is a CWD mom and manager the American Diabetes Association's government relations and advocacy division. She is one of the ADA's most valuable resources on anti-discrimination laws and protecting the rights of persons with diabetes. As a parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal was instrumental in the development and implementation of law and policy in Virginia that resulted in improved standards of school diabetes care. Crystal has contributed to many diabetes publications including the National Diabetes Education Program's Helping the Student with Diabetes to Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel and is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council.


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Nicole Johnson Baker, Miss America 1999 and an international diabetes advocate, will present "Planning a Successful Pregnancy" along with Dr. Fran Kaufman at the Friends for Life Conference 2006. As a new mother to Ava Grace, Nicole will share her personal insight and experiences during her presentation. In addition to her speaking engagement at CWD, Nicole will be available to meet with parents at the Animas Corporation booth. Nicole shares Animas' passion for diabetes education and will use this an opportunity to talk about her challenges and life experiences living with diabetes.


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Francine Kaufman, M.D., Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California Medical School. Dr. Kaufman is Past President of the National American Diabetes Association and has authored over 100 articles on diabetes and abnormalities of sugar metabolism in children and youth. She has been an NIH-funded investigator since 1980, and has investigated many aspects of diabetes, including diabetes prevention. Dr. Kaufman has a trademark on the Insulin Dosage Slide Scale and recently authored and evaluated a CD-ROM teaching/game module for young children with diabetes.


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Kim Kelly, Pharm. D., is the Director of Diabetes Programs at LifeScan, Inc., in Milpitas, California. Dr. Kelly has a lengthy and distinguished career involving both patient care and administrative roles, including President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. His research and experience have included a number of publications, participation on editorial boards and review panels of several journals, involvement in medical curriculum development, and various committees of professional organizations. Currently, his activities center around developing diabetes health management and educational programs for various health care providers and provider organizations. Delighted to work with children and teens alike, Dr. Kelly has participated as a volunteer in the Orlando and Universal City Friends for Life conferences as well as the Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference in Baltimore and the Focus on Pumping conference in Washington, D.C. He joined CWD as 'regular faculty' for the San Antonio Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference, and extends his tenure as faculty to this summer's conference, focusing on the Tweener and Elementary age programming.


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Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., is a regional manager for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rick is a presenter for Fitness in Today's Times On-site Corporate Wellness Program and is very active in diabetes as it relates to exercise. He has spearheaded an effort to bring a chapter of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA) to the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and lectures frequently on exercise through DESA. He is currently the chapter president and a national board member. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with type 1 diabetes, Rick practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump.


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Founder of the CWD IDYA program, Clare Rosenfeld has been a vocal advocate for people with diabetes since her diagnosis at age seven. Clare is a member of the International Diabetes Federation Consultative Section on Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes, an international advisor to the DAWN Youth Study and serves on the Task Force to pass a UN Resolution on Diabetes, an initiative she helped spearhead. Clare will enter her 3rd year of college in the fall, majoring in Chemistry and International Affairs with a goal of attending Medical school.


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Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, and Associate Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a coauthor of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.


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Stefan Rubin was diagnosed type 1 in 1979, at the age of seven and began insulin pump therapy three years later. He considers his experience an invaluable exercise and education that continue to prepare him for any hurdles that diabetes-and-life place in his path. Long a source of inspiration for his father, Dr. Richard R. Rubin, Stefan is co-author of two books, including 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, published in 2003 by the American Diabetes Association. Stefan also speaks locally and nationally in an ongoing attempt to share his outlook on living well with diabetes. Stefan and his wife Christine, live, work and play with their son Brooks and daughter Maisie in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Andrea Scaramuzza is a consultant pediatrician specializing in type 1 diabetes at the Department of Pediatrics, "Luigi Sacco" Hospital, Milano. His research interests include exercise physiology and diabetes, risky behaviors, and diabetes and intensive insulin therapy. He is a member of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, the Italian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetology. He has written a book about the strange friendship between a little boy with type 1 diabetes and Mr. Diabetes, Una notte all'improvviso. He is cofounder of the Insulin Love and Care Project in Italy.


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Gary Scheiner, having had type 1 diabetes since 1985 and working as a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1993, knows the latest and best techniques for achieving optimal diabetes control. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gary has authored a book and dozens of articles, and speaks at local and national meetings on diabetes, fitness and motivation. Gary received the 1997 William Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Activities by the American Diabetes Association, as well as the 1998 Allene Van Son Award for the development of effective diabetes teaching tools by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2002, he was granted the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Research award for the study of basal insulin levels in pump users. Gary owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia, specializing in intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for people with diabetes.


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Mike Schurig M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has had type 1 diabetes since age 12. Mike works as a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Nemours Orlando Children's Clinic, as well as serving as CWD's dietitian. Mike has had experience in diabetes education with kids and adults, and has been involved in CWD conferences since the first formal conference in 2001. Mike is active with local ADA activities, regional diabetes educator groups, and the CWD website. His interests are insulin pump education and technical advances in diabetes. Mike enjoys visiting the nearby theme parks and enjoying Central Florida with his wife Gayle and his daughter Allyson.


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Scott K. Scolnick, M.Ed., is the Regional Manager for the SE US with Animas Corporation. He has had Type 1 diabetes since 1975. Scott has been on a pump since 1996. Prior to his work with Animas, Scott received his Masters in Counseling Psychology and has Post Masters Training in Marriage and Family Therapy. He was a marriage and family therapist from 1985-1988. Scott developed and ran Child Adolescent Inpatient and Community based treatment programs from 1988-2000 in Virginia, Indianapolis, Texas, New Mexico, Greater Philadelphia area and Upstate NY. He specializes in using creativity and the imagination in problem solving and decision making. Scott believes in the ideas of empowerment and catching people doing right. He likes to challenge the way in which people think and act in order to help people thrive with diabetes.


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Joe Solowiejcyzk, RN, MSW, has had diabetes for 43 years – and has devoted his professional career to helping healthcare professionals, parents, children, and adults better manage the disease. As a registered nurse and practitioner in family counseling, Joe integrated diabetes education with family counseling and therapy for a more comprehensive approach to diabetes management.


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John Walsh, PA, CDE is a Physician Assistant and Diabetes Clinical Specialist who has provided clinical care for patients with diabetes for 25 years. He specializes in diabetes care for people on pumps. He is co-author of Pumping Insulin, now in its fourth edition, Using Insulin, STOP the Rollercoaster, and The Pocket Pancreas. President of Diabetes Mall, he is also webmaster of diabetesnet.com, a highly trafficked source of diabetes information and technology visited by 6,000 people a day. John is a consultant for medical corporations and a frequent speaker on pump therapy, diabetes therapy, intensive diabetes management, and the future of smart pumps, meters and continuous monitors. John has worn a wide variety of insulin pumps for the last 23 years.


The Teen Faculty

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Carolyn and Sam are a brother-sister duo with a single purpose: to beat diabetes. Sam, diagnosed nearly seven years ago at age 8, is determined that diabetes will never get in the way of his life dreams. Carolyn, age 19, does not have diabetes; she presents type 1 diabetes as a family disease. It affects everyone. For the past four years, Sam and Carolyn have been speaking out on the importance of teen advocacy and taking control of your life. They are founding members of CWD's International Diabetes Youth Ambassador program (IDYA) and traveled to Denmark in 2002 to meet with Danish teens as part of a diabetes advocacy exchange. Carolyn founded and serves as Director of the Supplies for Children with Diabetes Foundation. Both Carolyn and Sam also work privately to send donated supplies to children in Cali, Colombia. Sam spends any and all spare time at the hockey rink!


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Marissa and Kathryn are active teen advocates for diabetes support and education. Marissa, now 18, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 24 months old. Through Children with Diabetes, she has traveled to Denmark, Italy, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Marissa also helps raise money to pay for diabetes supplies for needy families in the US and South America. Kathryn, Marissa's 16-year-old sister, does not have diabetes but remains an active member of CWD's International Diabetes Youth Ambassador program (IDYA) program. She helps out at many CWD conferences and is a member of the siblings group, helping other kids who have brothers and sisters with diabetes.


The Parent Discussion Facilitators

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Lauren Lanning is a self-proclaimed Jersey Girl transplanted to Colorado. She has been involved in the CWD diabetes conferences since the very first gathering in Orlando in 2000, where she volunteered to make name badges. Little did she know. Making name badges evolved within an hour into leading a huge group of CWD volunteers who assist with every aspect of helping all the CWD conferences run smoothly. Lauren has two adorable daughters, Monica and Sarah, who are the inspiration in her life. A computer geek at heart, Lauren teaches computer skills at the elementary level and also has her own web design business. For fun, she is a crossing guard. For more fun, the last three years she has ridden century rides in Death Valley to raise money for diabetes research.


See also the Youth Staff.

  2006 Conference and Expo  
  Conference Intro - Program Overview - Faculty - Youth Faculty - Special Guests  
  Schedules: Parents & Adults - Teens - Tweeners - Elementary Kids  
  Social Events - Focus Groups - Fun Run Pledge Sheet - FFL Award Recipients  
  Registration & Prices - FAQs - Sponsors - Exhibitors - Map of Attendees  
  Childcare Registration: Word - PDF  
  Reports from 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001  



                 
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