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JDRF hosts southwest conference this Saturday

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host the annual Desert Southwest TypeOneNation Conference this Saturday at the Camelback Inn.

The conference will feature breakout sessions, pharmaceutical vendors, as well as a variety of speakers. The keynote speaker will be Kady Helme, an artificial pancreas project participant.

Helme will talk about her first-hand experience with the benefits of the artificial pancreas. In addition, she will explain how the technology has the ability to change lives.

Helme was part of the first real-world clinical trial that explored the potential of the artificial pancreas.

The artificial pancreas is new technology that could revolutionize the world for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

JDRF has been funding research for several years that aimed to create an artificial pancreas system that would enable people with Type 1 Diabetes to go about their days normally.

There are currently 15 thousand children and 15 thousand adults that are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes each year. This equates out to about 80 people per day.

According the JDRF, the Artifical Pancreas Project (APP) has a six-step process for that artificial pancreas which would have the ability to detect blood sugar levels and deliver insulin in response to those levels without any extra work on the body’s part.

Each step varies in automation with different incremental advances that begin with devices that shut off insulin delivery to prevent episodes of low blood sugar to a fully automated “closed loop” system.

The steps increase based on the users needs. Each step increases the amount of moderation of maintenance for blood sugar levels.

Helme is scheduled to speak at 2p.m. at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.


Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation Offer Fundraising Challenge

Rarely does an opportunity arise for one family to help transform the lives of so many. That time is now as The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation  has teamed up with JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) to offer a $500,000 matching grant. The goal and challenge is for the community to match the Parsons and have a $1,000,000 Fund-A-Cure, which means one hundred percent of the million dollars goes directly to JDRF encapsulation research. The match represents a powerful way for JDRF to significantly speed progress in its research.

Beta cell encapsulation represents advances that could become the foundation for a new approach to treating and ultimately curing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Encapsulated cell therapy has the potential to virtually eliminate the relentless daily management burden for those living with T1D.

JDRF believes that the development of their Encapsulation Consortium will re-energize the field, spur innovation and continue advancements toward clinical testing.

“We like to say our foundation ‘deals in hope,’” said Bob Parsons, who, together with his wife Renee, founded The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. “We help organizations that can truly make a difference and JDRF’s cutting-edge research is going to have a significant impact with the work going on right now to cure Type 1 Diabetes. By matching contributions, we hope others will be inspired to step up and give just a little bit more.”

“We are so grateful for the generous support of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director. She adds, “This gift provides a significant leap forward in fulfilling our goal of raising $1 million in ONE night for research that will lead us to a cure for type 1 diabetes.”