Experts from around the world in diabetes will be speaking on a variety of different topics , virtually and in person. To register, please visit the following link, World Diabetes Day.
Dr. Jonathan Lakey has had a long interest and research direction in cell and tissue transplantation with a focus on diabetes and islet transplantation. Dr. Lakey graduated from the University of Alberta (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) and received post-post-doctoral training in Indianapolis and Seattle before returning to establish his research program at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lakey was also the Director of the Comprehensive Tissue Bank. Currently, Dr. Lakey is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Lakey is also serving as the Director of the Clinical Islet Program at the University of California Irvine.
His contributions and partnership with Dr. James Shapiro led towards the improvement of islet isolation techniques and the development of the “Edmonton Protocol” for patients with Type 1 diabetes, a recognized major advancement in the treatment of diabetes.
Dr. Irl B. Hirsch is professor and Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Dr. Hirsch received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1984. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Hirsch also was fellowship-trained in endocrinology and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Hirsch has dedicated his career to patient care, clinical research and teaching. His focus in these areas is the treatment and management of diabetes. He has an interest in new technologies for the treatment of diabetes, particularly those involved in the use of insulin therapy. This interest centers on the mechanisms of how insulin co-modulates inflammation with glucose and how this results in improved outcomes for patients.
Dr. Bill Polonsky is President of Behavioral Diabetes Institute. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, Dr. Polonsky is a distinguished national and international lecturer on behavior diabetes issues. An active researcher in the field of behavioral diabetes, he has served on the editorial boards of Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Health. His most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, blood glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes, physician and lay attitudes towards insulin and oral medications, group-based behavior change programs, the influence of continuous glucose monitoring on quality of life, and emotional and behavioral responses to the diagnosis of diabetes.
Victor Garber, award-winning actor has lived with type 1 diabetes for close to 60 years. He was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12 in 1962. Victor is also a member of Beyond Type 1’s leadership council, and works to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research. Victor is also an advocate for Tidepool and shares his experience with DIY Loop, his vision for the future of diabetes technology, and his hope that together, he can help to pave it forward.
Victor has six Emmy® and four Tony® nominations to his credit,
Garber co-starred in the Academy Award®-winning film, “Titanic”, and co-starred in Ben Affleck’s Academy Award®-winning film, ARGO. He is also portrayed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award®–nominated film “Milk.” Additional film credits include “Happiest Season,” "Dark Waters", "Sicario", "Self-Less", "Rebel in the Rye", “The First Wives Club,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Legally Blonde”.
For his work on television, Garber has been nominated for six Emmy® Awards, including three for the ABC drama “Alias,” two for comedic guest-star roles on “Frasier” and “Will & Grace,” and a nomination for his portrayal of Sid Luft in the television movie “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”