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September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3


"Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes in a COVID World" Free Virtual Town Hall

Hosted by the DRIF on August 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET

What:                  As the school year approaches in the midst of a global pandemic, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is hosting an interactive, FREE virtual town hall “Back to School with T1D in a COVID World” to address and discuss what you need to know about sending children with diabetes back to school. 
Why:                    A national panel of pediatric experts can answer live questions and provide parents, students and teachers with advice to help ensure safe, best practices when navigating:
Impact on children’s emotions and mental health 
COVID-related 504 plan considerations
Limited access to school nurses
Safety in dorms
Sports activities
The fear of infection, and much more 

When:                Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET

Where:                Zoom Video Conference -- FREE registration available HERE
Who:                    Discussion and live Q&A will be moderated by Jay Skyler, MD, Deputy Director, Diabetes Research Institute, with a national panel of experts:
Janine Sanchez, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Diabetes Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Cynthia E. Muñoz, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Pediatric Psychologist at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Crystal Woodward, MPS, Director, American Diabetes Association Safe at School Campaign
Leah Wyckoff, MS, BSN, NCSN, Pediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator at the Barbara Davis Center, Team Lead for the Diabetes Resource Nurse Program supporting Colorado School Nurses
About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production in people living with the disease. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes through its BioHub strategy, a multi-pronged approach that addresses the major challenges standing in the way of a cure. For more information, please visit or call 800-321-3437.
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