Hi I’m Matt Petersen, on the staff at the American Diabetes Association and reporting to you from our 67th Scientific Sessions, our annual meeting that covers the entire scientific and medical field of diabetes. You can tell by the “67th” that we’ve been at this for a while, in fact the American Diabetes Association was essentially started by a group of physicians in New York City in the 1940s for the purpose of having an annual medical meeting about diabetes.
This year we’re in Chicago, and this year a group of ADA staff will be reporting from the meeting---whether it’s information about the meeting itself or especially the science that’s being presented. You’ll be hearing from a wide range of ADA staff: you’ll hear from Paulina Duker, a diabetes educator who runs our Education Recognition Program, and Linda Cann, who's in charge of professional education for ADA and the one staff person directly responsible for the success of this meeting. (She’s very stressed right now.)
Also reporting will be Stephanie Dunbar, a dietitian who’s in charge of nutrition issues for ADA. ALSO reporting (we have a lot of talent to throw at you) will be Sue Kirkman, a physician who joined ADA recently as our Vice President of Clinical Affairs. Until recently Sue was on the faculty of Indiana University and was also the editor of Diabetes Forecast. And finally we have the guy who did all the blogging from Scientific Sessions on his own for the past 2 years but decided that this year he could use some help, Richard Kahn, our Chief Scientific and Medical Officer. Who knows we may have another voice or two chime in during the meeting.
Our goal is to give you a first-hand report of the most interesting things going on over the next few days, whether it’s a new understanding of how diabetes works or, hopefully, some new developments in how we can better treat or even prevent diabetes. Some entries will be really brief, some may go on a bit (like this one...I’m riding in a cab from the airport to the convention center, so I’ve got some time on my hands). We hope you’ll find at a few things of interest over the next few days---although maybe not this particular entry!
Note to the left of this column that we will have links to the daily newspaper for the meeting attendees, “Diabetes Dispatch”, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as well as the Preview Edition which should already be posted. Check it out!
(BTW, for those who know Chicago, the cab driver abandoned I90 into downtown because it was backed up almost all the way to O’Hare, and cut due east and is now going down Lake Shore Drive. We’re SAILING along, it was definitely a good move, faster and much more scenic.)