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Natalie Bellini, R.N., C.D.E., has had diabetes since she was a young child and within a year of finishing nursing school started to care for people with diabetes, first focusing on high risk pregnancy and then pediatrics and insulin-requiring adults. She has lectured extensively to clinicians, patients and their families about diabetes, the psychological effect of the disease and how to keep going on the hardest of days. Natalie has worked with children and adults of all ages and has assisted in initiating and expanding pump programs at numerous hospitals and private practices. She believes in truth in education and that knowledge is power.

Betty Brackenridge, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Patient and Professional Education, Phoenix, AZ 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.

Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D, is a postdoctoral associate who has been part of the team in charge of setting up the Diabetes Research Institute's newly created Stem Cell and Pancreatic Development laboratory. He received his PhD degree working within one of the teams that cloned Dolly the sheep at the Roslin Institute (Scotland, UK), acquiring considerable knowledge on nuclear transfer, embryonic stem cells, embryo micromanipulation and genetic engineering techniques. Dr. Dominguez-Bendala is currently involved in several projects that focus on the establishment and long-term culture of pancreatic progenitor cells and the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into islets. He also coordinates the interaction between the DRI's pancreatic stem cell development and beta cell imaging groups, which includes the generation and shared use of several transgenic mouse lines.

Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, and webmaster of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff traveled the world with the US Government, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. After leaving government service in 1988, he worked in the defense industry until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes. He subsequently worked at LEXIS-NEXIS and Pearson plc on Internet initiatives, and now works full time bringing Children with Diabetes to you.

Judy Kohn, R.N., C.D.E., joined TheraSense in 2001 after a distinguished 27 year career in health care. Most recently, she was Program Coordinator and Diabetes Educator for the Diabetes Center at John Muir Medical Center in Northern California. Judy is recognized for her expertise in medication management and is a sought-after public speaker. She has presented CE programs nationwide as faculty for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the Diabetes Education Society and also as an independent consultant. A home study course which she developed, "Understanding Insulin Management," has been published by NurseWEEK.

Joyce Mosiman, RD, LD, CDE has her degree from Kansas State University and an Internship at the VA Hospital in Houston, Texas. For the past eleven years she has been the Program Coordinator of The Children's Diabetes Center at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, the first children's program to be Recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Joyce has been active in the local, state and national ADA, serving as local camp dietitian/chairperson, member of the ADA's national Youth Services Committee, dietitian of the National Youth Congress, and on the national Education Program Recognition Committee. She is currently a reviewer for the ADA's Recognition Program.

William Quick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., C.D.E. is Associate Director for Pharmacovigilance, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ, with responsibility for drug safety for their insulins and other diabetes products. Dr. Quick serves as Medical Director of Children with Diabetes and Diabetes123. A nationally-recognized expert in diabetes education, Dr. Quick is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has been involved with computers since he purchased his first Apple II in 1979. He has been a specialist in diabetes care and endocrinology for over 25 years.

Kari Rosenfeld, Oregon. Take it from a Mom who has "been down the road" with diabetes -- literally! Kari and her daughter Clare (CWD's International Youth Ambassador) have traveled over 100,000 miles sharing with kids how to take good care of their health and empowering them to get involved in finding a cure for diabetes. From raising an "over-achiever" to "making our family fair" with siblings, Kari has practical experience and down-to-earth and sometimes humorous tips on family life with diabetes.

Stephanie Schwartz, R.N., M.P.H., C.D.E., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes123, Hillsborough, New Jersey. A specialist in diabetes care and education for many years, Ms. Schwartz is the Associate Editor of Children with Diabetes, and coordinates the publication of questions sent to the Diabetes Team for Diabetes123 and Children with Diabetes. She has been an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has been a member of the Committee on Education Program Recognition of the American Diabetes Association.

The various topical segments of the conference will include brief presentations (15-20 minutes each) by representatives of the companies whose technology we will be discussing. The "science behind the product" will be discussed, and this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of the very people who participated in the development of the products. These are not product info-mercials, but rather a discussion of what is new on the market, how it was developed, for what purpose, and how the product might best be utilized by consumers.

Tucson 2003: Focus on Technology
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