I’ve just arrived in Tanzania where I’m attending Africa’s first Diabetes Conference as part of the IDF’s Young Leaders Program and, on one of the three flights I had to take from Stockholm to get here, I finally had some time to look back on one of the highlights of the recent month: visiting the American Diabetes Association Conference.
From June 8 – June 12 I was in Philadelphia at the American Diabetes Association conference, the 72nd annual Scientific Session – all about treating, diagnosing and, ultimately, curing diabetes. As someone who has lived with Type 1 for the last 26 years, but spent long stretches outside of the professional community, it never ceases to amaze me just how many people are involved. If memory serves correct their were over 17,000 attendees!
These conference – with early starts and late finishes – while tiring, are the most amazing places to meet old friends and connect with new ones along the way. Paul Madden, Manny Hernandez, Phil Southerland, Keegan Hall, the IDF Young Leaders group and sponsors, Anne Felton, Sir Micky Hirst…there are many more. Thanks for the interesting discussions and taking the time to give us an update on your important work.
Some key highlights of the conference:
- Seeing the new Dexcom G4 – can’t wait to get my hands on one!
- Seeing the support that Sanofi is getting for the iBGstar, the blood glucose meter I am using at the moment – liking a lot
- Listening to sessions about closed loop pumps. I am not a pumper myself, but I am keenly following developments on the closed loop to see how this can help improve the lives of so many of us living with diabetes
- Showing Timesulin to a leading paediatric endocrynologist who wanted to get a Timesulin unit to every single one of her MDI patients
- Hanging out with David Edelman from Diabetes Daily the day after the conference
As we keep exploring the path to entering the US – Timesulin thanks all our friends in the US and we can’t wait to bring Timesulin to you.
Following my trip to Philadelphia I also stopped over in New York for a couple of days to meet up with some potential Timesulin partners. I took the time to reconnect with some of my favourite sights – New York truly is the city that never sleeps!