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“They” like to say that all news is local, and in this case, the diabetes news is mostly local. Or at least local to where I am. Let me explain…

There is still time to register for the Diabetes UnConference, March 10-13, in Las Vegas. But even if you’re not attending, if you’re local, you can still attend the free Friday pre-UnCon sessions.

Want to explore sugar surfing with Dr. Stephen Ponder? Take a little time to go to advocacy boot camp? Want to check out the iLet? These sessions and more are open to the public on Friday, March 10. They are free of charge, but seating is limited. To secure your spot in one of the informative pre-UnCon Friday sessions, CLICK HERE.

Disclosure: I am part of the team of facilitators at the Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas.

If you’re living in the Mid-Atlantic, don’t forget about the JDRF Type One Nation DC Summit, happening March 5 in Bethesda, Maryland. This is another free event where you can get the latest on research, advocacy, and more. JDRF President and CEO Derek Rapp will give the keynote address this year. Gary Scheiner will be back, this time to talk about managing those pesky post-meal glucose spikes (guilty as charged). Tidepool’s Howard Look will be there, and if you haven’t yet heard him speak, you should. Cynthia Rice will cover advocacy for you, and the amazing Joe Solowiejczyk will be there to cover Diabetes and the Family: Making it Work for Everyone. All of it will be moderated by the fantastic Stefany Shaheen.

It promises to be another full day of information sharing and bonding with others touched by Type 1 Diabetes. For all of the information on the JDRF Type One Nation DC Summit, CLICK HERE.


If you’re living in the Mid-Atlantic and you’ve somehow missed the notices about the Children With Diabetes weekend in Falls Church, Virginia April 8-10, consider this your fair warning. Think of this as a scaled down version of the Friends for Life conference that Children With Diabetes puts together in Orlando each July. And yes, there is plenty for adults as well as kids during this event. It’s for only one weekend, but there will be a number of topics presented by so many people who really know their stuff.

Gary Scheiner will be at this gathering too… Bennet Dunlap and Christel Marchand Aprigliano will lead three advocacy sessions, the last of which will include a panel discussion on artificial pancreas technology that includes Dr. Ed Damiano and Molly McElwee Malloy… and the Nightscout team will be there to tell you more about CGM in the Cloud, and even help you set it up for yourself. And that’s just a little of the incredible weekend that is to be in Northern Virginia April 8, 9, and 10.

To get more information, and to register for the FFL Falls Church weekend, CLICK HERE.


Finally: Remember that HealtheVoices conference I went to last April? It’s coming back, April 15-17 in Chicago. Plenty of advocates living with numerous chronic conditions will gather and share and talk about how they get their advocacy on in their patient communities. This gathering helped me get the ideas to get my podcast off the ground last year, and I’m looking forward to what this year’s event will bring.

The best part? YOU have a chance to go too! Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which hosts the event, is taking applications from patient advocates who want to attend the conference right now. But they will only be accepting applications until February 22… so get there and get your application in today. To learn about HealtheVoices16 and apply for a scholarship to attend, CLICK HERE.

Disclosure: Janssen paid for my travel and accomodations to attend the 2015 HealtheVoices conference. All opinions are my own.


As usual, March and April will be very busy months in the diabetes world. I hope you can make one or more of these important gatherings. Have any questions about any of them? Let me know.

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