Your 2014 Diabetes Conference Calendar!

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After not being able to find a single source for diabetes events and conferences that might be of interest for those who have diabetes and/or advocate for diabetes, I decided to create one.

Ta-da.

Please note that this is U.S.-centric, as I currently live in the United States. (Most of me. My pancreas is currently on the lam somewhere where it cannot be extradited.) However, I have added some international conferences. Most of these can be attended by the hoi polloi, but some do require a medical designation/degree (although a press pass may provide entry). These are regional or national shindigs, not local groups or walks. 

If there is one that I have missed, please notify me at theperfectd [at] gmail [dot] com so I can add it. I will be updating this calendar throughout the year so I suggest you bookmark this page now. (Go ahead. I’ll wait.) 

Click on the title of the conference/event for the website link/additional information.

January

Winter Slipstream 2014 (Connected in Motion) January 24 – 26, 2014 Haliburton, ON Canada

If you’re sporty and love The Great White North (to which the latter I can wholeheartedly attest), then go hang out with other Type 1s and do some cold weather athletic stuff.

February

Taking Control of Your Diabetes February 8, 2014 – Pala, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

61st Annual Advanced Postgraduate Course February 17 – 19, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

A medical conference much like other scientific sessions, leading diabetes experts will give presentations on the latest in diabetes research and care, with small networking sessions thrown in for good measure. (Tip of the hat to Mark Harmel, MPH and Deb Ruppert of the suggestion!)

American Diabetes Association Expo February 22, 2014 – Denver, CO

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

March

American Diabetes Association Expo March 1, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association’s Call To Congress First week of March, 2014 – Washington, DC

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes March 8, 2014 – Sacramento, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo March 15, 2014 – New York City, NY

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

JDRF Government Day Sometime in the middle of March, 2014 – Washington, DC

Each year, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) swarms onto Capitol Hill to talk diabetes to Congress. If you want to be a part of it, get in touch with your local JDRF chapter and get involved. There are also opportunities to meet with your representatives when they are at their “home offices” as well, so if you can’t make it to DC, you can still make a difference.

American Diabetes Association Expo March 29, 2014 – San Antonio, TX

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

April

American Diabetes Association Expo April 5, 2014 – Chicago, IL

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo April 5, 2014 – Seattle, WA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes April 12, 2014 – Honolulu, HI

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

GTC Diabetes Summit 2014 – April 23 – 25, 2014 Boston, MA

Got $1995? Then this conference is for you.

According to the website, that $1995 will get you research, partnership opportunities and network with academia, venture capital, government, small/medium size biotech, big pharma and healthcare organizations. The summit includes the Diabetes Drug Discovery and Development Conference, dealing with the clinical side of things. The Diabetes Partnering & Deal-Making Conference dives into opportunities for partnerships, funding, licensing, and the financial bits of it all.

Diabetes Sisters National Conference April 25 – 27, 2014 – Washington, DC

If you are looking for a conference that focuses on being a woman with diabetes, then look no further. Both Type 1 and Type 2s are welcomed with open arms and significant others are offered opportunities to talk (privately and separately) while you attend the conference. This is an opportunity to learn from other women and bask in the camaraderie of friends made (who just happen to also have diabetes).

May

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Annual Meeting May 14 – 18, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

Medical conference for endos. Not geared to the person with diabetes (and not all diabetes related) but if you are so inclined you can attend.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes May 17, 2014 – Raleigh, NC

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo May 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2014 May 23 – 25, 2014 Ottawa, ON Canada

For those who run with insulin, join others for the Ottawa races, which include a marathon. (And yes, the marathon is also for those who have working pancreases.) Run with others while developing friendships.

June

Taking Control of Your Diabetes June 7, 2014 – Washington, DC

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

ADA 74th Scientific Sessions June 13 – 17, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

The big medical conference. While not specifically designed for the layperson with diabetes, many advocates do attend and sit in on sessions. Many study results are presented.

ICE/ENDO (The Endocrine Society) June 21 – 24, 2014 – Chicago, IL

Not specifically designed for diabetes, and most attendees must have a medical degree, but hey, you never know, right?

July

Friends for Life July 1 – 6, 2014 – Orlando, FL 

This is the de facto gold standard for any family with diabetes. (In the past few years, they’ve begun offering an adult track, but it is geared to the parents and the young kids/teens that have the disease.)

While registration opens on Tuesday, July 1, no sessions occur during that day. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, focus groups, screening, the Exhibit Hall, sessions, and events will occur. Saturday and Sunday are not sessions, but rather time to spend cultivating the friendships you’ve created while you’ve been attending.

Please note that this is the Fourth of July weekend. If you do not reserve rooms at the Marriott (or heck, anywhere in Orlando) early, you may not be able to get a room.

Registration includes conference attendance, shared meals, the Family and Friends Banquet, and one conference t-shirt. A processing fee is added to each registration that partially covers the cost of the registration system.Kids under the age of five are free. For everyone age five or over at the time of the conference, the per person price is:

  • $125 until March 30, 2014
  • $140 until May 31, 2014
  • $150 beginning June 1, 2014

American Diabetes Association Expo July 26, 2014 – Houston, TX

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

August

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting August 6 – 9, 2014 – Orlando, FL

While not specifically designed for the layperson with diabetes (it’s geared towards CDEs, who we love and adore), many advocates do attend and sit in on sessions.

Friends for Life UK 2014  August 15-17, 2014 Old Windsor, Berkshire, England

See the Friends for Life conference above for the general idea. At this time, there’s no additional information.

September

Taking Control of Your Diabetes September 6, 2014 – Missoula, MT

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) September 15 – 19, 2014 –  Vienna, Austria

More of that medical professional conference ilk where large studies are presented. This one is across the pond.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes September 27, 2014 – Des Moines, IA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

October

American Diabetes Association Expo October 11, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes October 18, 2014 – Amarillo, TX

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women Conference October 24-25, 2014 – Los Angeles, California

If you are looking for a conference that focuses on being a woman with diabetes, then look no further. Both Type 1 and Type 2s are welcomed with open arms and significant others are offered opportunities to talk (privately and separately) while you attend the conference. This is an opportunity to learn from other women and bask in the camaraderie of friends made (who just happen to also have diabetes). Registration is $125 and

 

CWD Focus on Technology October 24 – 26, 2014  – Anaheim, California

This is a smaller conference offered by Children With Diabetes, focusing on…you guessed it… technology. For those who have interest in learning how to incorporate the latest tech and talk with those who are making that tech happen, this is a conference that you won’t want to miss!

November

Taking Control of Your Diabetes November 8, 2014 – San Diego, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 8, 2014 – Pittsburgh, PA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 22, 2014 – Atlanta, GA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 22, 2014 – Portland, OR

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

PLEASE NOTE:

We are still waiting on dates for the Diabetes Technology Society meetings and the annual Insulindependence meeting. We also have scant information on the two additional CWD conferences after the main one in July.  It is also unclear is there will be another National Conference on Mental Health Issues of Diabetes.

I did not include “invite only” conferences.

As always, there are bound to be more opportunities to meet other people with diabetes, learn about the disease, and advocate. These are just a few. As I hear of more, I’ll post them here.

Where's Your Head At?

HeadsIt’s Monday. I have a head full of noise, but it’s good noise and I’m going to lay it down for you…like a sweet track with a good beat.

I am honored and thrilled to be selected to attend the 2013 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit as part of their Patient Voices Scholarship Contest. This year’s theme is “Delivering on the Promise of Diabetes Technology” and you know how I feel about technology and diabetes. Twelve of us will be the patient advocates in an

…invitation-only gathering of patient advocates, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, design experts, and pharma industry leaders from the marketing, R&D, legal and regulatory sectors.

Then there’s this past weekend’s Insulindependence Awards in San Diego at the House of Blues, where my friend and d-brother, Scott Johnson, won the big prize for the 2013 Athletic Achievement Award. Here’s his interview before the award ceremony about why he should win – and it’s a lesson for us all that we can be athletic at any size. (And I wish that all three top nominees could have won – they’re all mindblowingly super.)

And the whole Strip Safely campaign? It’s heating up. We’ve got some interesting online events coming down the pike to help raise awareness where it’s needed – Congress. If you haven’t signed up to get updates about this important safety issue, please… do so right now. Here – I’ll even give you the link! (And if you’re crafty, there’s a Strip Safely art component, too! Get your glitter glue and test strips ready for August 26th! This is a special collaboration with Diabetes Art Day’s Lee Ann Thill.)

Thank you for answering the poll about what you wanted to hear about Friends For Life – and first on the docket will be my take on the session with Drs. “Amazing” Osers. Stay tuned…

Finally, something that has nothing to do with diabetes, but is currently an obsession. Spiral (Engrenages) on Netflix.  Even if you don’t speak French, you can turn the subtitles on and enjoy this gritty little French police drama. I’m hooked. Big time. It’s better than L&O. (I hate sad movies, but give me a dead body (or aliens or things blowing up), and I’ll all in.

So, where’s my head at? All over the place. Basement Jaxx totally got that one for me.

Fab Five Fridays: Trip Like I Do Edition

meeting-83519_640I love conferences and symposiums and events where I get firehosed with information. (Though, to be truthful, it’s not the info that I get excited about. It’s the people that I meet.) We’re in “diabetes conference season”, with most of the major ones already in the bag, but hey! Start planning for these five:

1. The American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions (2014) – June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California. Big conference, lots of science (hence, the name) and it’s in SF, one of my most favorite cities in the world? Yes, please. There are opportunities for non-medical people to crash this and learn, so don’t be scared off by this. While registration won’t be available for a while (so, no linky love), put in your time off request now.

2. Children with Diabetes Focus on Technology Conference is being held from December 6-8, 2013 in the ‘burbs of Cincinnati (West Chester, Ohio, to be precise).  It’s a more intimate conference than the BIG one: CWD Annual Conference 2014 at the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando, Florida.  Registration isn’t open yet for this. Once again, put your time off request now for this one. It’s July 2 – 6, 2014, so you can spend the Fourth of July with us!

3. Right now, the American Association of Diabetes Educators are all up in Philly doing their thing (and I so wish that I could be there, as many of the DOC are attending…), but next year? Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. (Boys and girls, get your walking shoes on, because that center is huge.) It’s being held from August 6-9, 2014. No link yet, but over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing a lot from our fellow community advocates about AADE13.

4. World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia from December 6-9, 2013. Oh, how I wish I could pack up my daughter like a mommy-baby kangaroo and go “down under” for this conference, offered by the International Diabetes Federation. Alas… (But if you can, go!)

5. Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Regional Conferences are happening all over the U.S. for the next few months. There’s a lot for Type 1s (entirely separate tracks and support groups) and a lot for Type 2s. And it’s incredibly inexpensive for what you get. Seriously inexpensive. September 21, 2013: Worcester, MA. October 12, 2013: Omaha, NE. November 2, 2103: Albuquerque, NM and San Diego is November 23, 2013.  I’m hoping that they come out with the 2014 schedule soon!

There are more opportunities to learn and meet like-minded others. So many more. I’ll keep you up to date, as I’m planning on tripping next year to some of these. Wanna come with me? Let’s go.

*Crystal Method provided the title of today’s FFF.  The video is “ehhh…”, but I love the beat and the crazy lyrics

Back on my feet like a freight train I’m coming

Can everybody feel like I do?

Can everybody feel like I do?

Can’t you, can’t you trip like I do?

Hoarder…

2011-05-22_Liberty_Warehouse_condemned_notice_in_DurhamI’m a hoarder.

You wouldn’t expect that from me, especially since our house is on the minimalist side of the spectrum and I’m not very nostalgic with material items. But I am hoarding right now and I don’t know how to stop.

It’s been almost a month since the Friends For Life Conference in Orlando. I’m hoarding memories and things I want to say about what I discovered while I was attending. I want to share and yet every time I sit down at the keyboard, my mind seizes up and won’t let the words flow. What’s worse is that I am still processing some aspects, so one thought piles on top of another, pitching precariously over my head.

Others have touched upon their own personal highlights, and I’ve done my share, but there is so much more that needs to be told.

So, I ask this of you. Much like hoarders who get professional help, I have to start small, so I’m leaving it up to you, dear readers, to tell me the order of my posts. (Maybe this will help me release some of these thoughts and feelings…).

What would you like to hear about first?

You’ll be able to see what others think, but don’t let that sway you. (If you want to hear me talk about something else, then comment on that as well…) I need help before my head is condemned!

Fab Five Fridays: FFL Style

I still haven’t recovered from the Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Conference (CWDFFL) last week. I’m tired in a good way and my head is still full of ideas that I want to share with the DOC (and others that I will keep to myself because they are so very personal to me). Expect to see a lot of posts over the next few weeks about FFL as I come back down to earth, but for now… it’s Fab Five Fridays: FFL Style!

GlucoLift1. Glucolift – I’m addicted to the Cherry glucose tabs. In a good way.

Christopher Angell, a Type 1 diabetic himself founded the company and I’m so glad he did. (His dad helps at trade shows… see Christopher’s comment below…They currently offer three flavors (Orange Creme, Wildberry, and Cherry) but I think there are more flavors on the horizon. (Many in the DOC are pulling for Nutella flavored tabs, but Chris is keeping mum…)

You know how you’re low, pop a glucose tab that you bought at the store, and go: “Oh, yuck. I have to chew this? Yuck!” Glucolift doesn’t make your brain do that. And unlike the old B-D Glucose tabs (which haven’t been available for years, may they rest in peace) or Starburst or juice, you’re not going to overdo it and end up sky high a few hours later.

You can order Glucolift directly from their website and they send you a nifty-gallifty (Extra points if you know that phrase’s origin) travel tube and a cool sticker. When we were at FFL, Chris put a Glucolift temporary tattoo on my daughter’s arm (with my permission, of course). She wore that tattoo proudly and showed everyone her “rocket ship!”.

I keep a jar of Cherry next to me in the cupholder in the car, one on my bedside table, and a full travel tube in my purse.

(They have a sample pack with all three flavors and a free travel tube so you can pick your own favorite.)

2. Drs. Sean and Tamara Oser – I attended a session about how to be the best patient you can be, led by these two very intelligent and very personable doctors. Sean is a Type 1 diabetic and so is one of their gorgeous twin daughters. They have the full 360 degree perspective: as doctors, as patients, and as parents of patients. I learned so much from them (and was shocked by some of the statistics they shared, which is another post in itself), but the cool takeaway was a planning worksheet to prepare you for your appointment. I’ll ask them if they’d be willing to post it online for download, because it’s so worth it. Sean blogs at t1works and Tamara blogs at t1family. Check them out!

3. Dr. Ed Damiano and the Bionic Pancreas (sounds like a band, doesn’t it?) – I’m still, a week later, trying to put into words what I felt listening to this gentleman speak. Driven by the T1 diagnosis of his young son, he set out with a grad student of his to create an algorithm that would push a little insulin or a little glucagon based on a CGM reading. I held it in my hands and sat with Anna at our table, who participated in the human trials this spring. (Scott Johnson even wore the CGM portion of it for the remainder of the conference and we saw his BG numbers on a large screen) I want one now, but I’m willing to wait four years until it’s available. Four years. It may seem like a long time, but in the diabetes timeline, it’s a blip. I’ll have a whole post about him and the Bionic Pancreas. Soon. Promise.

4. Meri Shumacher – Mom to four boys, three of whom at T1, she was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Richard Rubin, who was a huge force in the DOC for years, passed away from cancer this year, and Meri had a special connection with him. Please have tissues handy when you read My Homage to Dr. Rubin at FFL 2013 – this is her keynote address.

5. Friends For Life 2014 – July 2-6, 2014. ORLANDO. Put it on your calendar. Look, whether you are an adult Type 1, teenager T1, parent of a T1 or interested in diabetes research, this is where you need to be. As I sat next to my parents at the keynote (They were so gracious as to attend to provide me some much needed toddler backup.), I wished with all my might that this conference existed thirty years ago. I’m grateful that it exists now. Join us next year. Please. I want to meet more amazing people. You were missed.