Past Meetings

The following are examples of speakers and topics:

Dr. Howard Wolpert is a Senior Physician in the Joslin Clinic Section on Adult Diabetes and the Director of the Insulin Pump Program at Joslin. He has long been involved in the clinical aspects of insulin therapy and is editor of Smart Pumping, published by the American Diabetes Association, and Managing Diabetes with an Insulin Pump: Indications and Interventions, published by Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Hillary Keenan, with the Joslin Diabetes Center discusses the “Beta Cell Awakening Study.” Dr. Hillary Keenan is the Principal Investigator on a number of different research projects at Joslin Diabetes Center, focusing primarily on vascular complications and residual production of insulin in those with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Mark Lampert, Cardiologist at the Northshore Hospital talked about cardiac risks in the diabetic and what one can do to optimize their risk factors.

Dr. Amy Aronovitz, Endocrinologist updates us on the good news from the EDIC study after 30 years.

Dr. Romy Block, Endocrinologist, discusses associated autoimmune diseases with DM1: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Addison’s Disease, Pernicious Anemia and Celiac Disease.

Dr. Grazia Aleppo, Endocrinologist, Northwestern Hospital. Her clinical activities include General Endocrinology with a special interest in Diabetes, in particular insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor therapy.

Type-1 University features a series of online courses designed to provide “higher education” to people using intensive insulin therapy (pumps or MDI). After viewing educational courses at meetings we have group discussion.

  • Mastering Pump Therapy
  • Advanced Carb Counting
  • Blood Glucose Control During Sports & Exercise
  • Weight Loss for Insulin Users
  • Getting the Most from Your Continuos Glucose Monitor
  • Strike The Spike: After-Meal Glucose Control
  • Hypoglycemia Prevention and Management
  • Fine-Tuning Basal Insulin

Dr. Hyung Sub Shim MD, Department of Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern Hospital educates us on the connection between diabetes and memory loss.Dr. Shim specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, autonomic nervous system, and blood vessels that relate to these structures

Michelle Adams, Exercise Physiologis and veteran T1D – how to conquer your diabetes and exercise management program with greater confidence.
Gail Meyerson, RN, BSN, CDE at Highland Park Hospital. Pattern management: what it is, what tools are needed and how it can be used to improve glucose management.

Dr. Vincent Yang – A physician at Northwestern University in the department of Nephrology. He is excited to have recently started on a study to prevent kidney disease in people with type I diabetes. The study is sponsored by the JDRF and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Yang and his team have presented at local ADA events including the recent teen camp as well as the Diabetes Expo last April in order to try to let people know what our study is about.

Dr. Mark Molitch, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University-Feinberg School of Medicine and endocrinologist specializing in diabetes at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Topic: Diabetic Kidney Disease: Who, When, and What’s New?

Joseph Oberholzer, Executive Director of Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine with a focus on the Chicago Diabetes Project. He is Professor of Surgery and Chief, Transplant Division, in the College of Medicine. Scientists in the fields of molecular biology, engineering, physics and regenerative medicine are part of the team are working on encapsulated islet cell transplantation without the use of imunosuppressants. More information is available about the Chicago Diabetes Project on the web site:

Dr. Matthew Corcoran, M.D. CDE. ACSM Exercise Specialist. Board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism. He is also a certified diabetes educator, as well as a certified exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Check out Matt’s Training Camp for Adults with Type 1 Diabetes :

Robert Shrank is one of the amazing cyclists who rode with the winning Team Type 1 in the Race Across America. The team is comprised of inspirational cyclists, all people with Type 1(Juvenile) Diabetes. They won the 3,052 mile Race Across America (RAAM) in the eight-person corporate category. Check out their amazing story and read Bob’s personal profile at: Bob shares some tips and ideas the team used to manage their blood sugars during this ride.

Jim Anderson – JDRF Research Information Volunteer has held positions in R&D, marketing, and manufacturing with companies involved in developing and delivering innovative products used by pharmaceutical firms in all phases of the drug development pipeline – discovery through manufacturing. He is a named inventor on 19 patent families. Jim is currently R&D Director for Grace Davison Discovery Science; recently receiving a 2009 R&D 100 Award for one of the most innovative new products in the laboratory products field. Jim has had type 1 diabetes for 40 years and is committed to JDRF’s mission to find a cure.

Nancy K. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in the practice of psychotherapy. Nancy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a young teenager. Because there was little information available about the emotional management of diabetes, she struggled on her own for many years with various feelings about her diabetes. It wasn’t until she was able to use her psychotherapy training and knowledge that she finally figured out a way to come to peace with her disease. Since then, Nancy has helped others to establish a respectful relationship with their diabetes.