Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference

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JDRF proudly presented the 7th Annual Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference and Exhibits – Living with Diabetes: A Family Day of Inspiration, Hope, and Education, the single largest event of this kind in the country, on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

More than 1,000 people with insulin-dependent (T1) and insulin-requiring (T2) diabetes, their family members and medical care professionals gathered to hear the latest in leading-edge research, treatment advances and care strategies from a collection of internationally recognized experts at the Wayne County Community College District – Western Campus (map) in Belleville, Mich. 

Co-chairing the 2014 Conference were Jacalyn Bishop, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology, Endocrine Kids, Novi, Michigan and Jessica Shill, MD, Senior Staff Physician, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone and Mineral Disorders, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

This year’s keynote speakers included:

The Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference and Exhibits was an exciting day that encompasses keynote speakers including:

  • An update to the artificial pancreas project
  • Concurrent workshop sessions (twelve workshops – repeated)
  • The JDRF Kids Camp for T1D children ages 5-12
  • Our Teen Central for adolescents and young adults ages 13-19

Our ‘Exhibit Area’ was a wealth of information on medical device technology, health providers (hospitals, clinics), authors, and community resources – more than 30 exhibit stations comprised the exhibit area.

Lecture and interactive discussions took place during both the keynote and concurrent sessions held in the morning. Twelve workshop sessions allowed participants an opportunity to choose the sessions they wish to attend.  Panel discussions allowed participants to have interactive dialogue with featured professionals.

To download a copy of the full day’s program, please click the following link: Today and Tomorrow Conference Program Book.

JDRF Kids Camp program: JDRF Kids Camp hosted children with T1D ages 5-12 for a fun-filled day learning about the importance of diabetes self-management under the guidance and supervision of our trained Kids Camp medical personnel.

JDRF Teen Central program: This cool “hang-out” for youth with T1D ages 13-19 offered opportunities to learn the latest in online diabetes-related technology, share stories and experiences with peers, ask questions and trade tips on managing T1D through the teenage years. Teen Central was directed by medical personnel and trained volunteers.

Special Guests in 2014:


Award-winning journalist, JDRF International Board of Directors, Students With Diabetes Founder and Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MPH, MA, provided the afternoon keynote, “Living with Diabetes: Anything is Possible,” at 1 p.m. Nicole shared her personal story with type one diabetes, tips on how to live a happier, healthier life and how a diagnosis should not stop you from pursuing your dreams.


Four-time Olympian,  number one cross-country skier in the United States, reigning national champion and type one diabetic Kris Freeman joined us for this year’s conference, visiting with our guests in the JDRF Kids Camp and JDRF Teen Central programs in the morning, followed by his presentation “No Boundaries – A Life With Type 1 Diabetes” during lunch.

Check out our conference photos!

Partnership and Conference Underwriting Opportunities

Partnership and Conference Underwriting opportunities offer the greatest visibility and participant access. Please contact Denise G. Pentescu at (517) 899-2251 or dpentescu@jdrf.org for more information. Thank you in advance for your support of the 7th Annual Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference and Exhibits!


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