Parent/Adult Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson is an active community volunteer with three nearly grown children including her daughter, Katie, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2011 at age 11. She currently works in the Diabetes Clinic at Stanford Children’s Hospital as a parent mentor and is the parent lead for their Diabetes Family Advisory Council. She also serves as the parent advisor on Stanford Children’s Diabetes Quality Improvement team working with the T1D Exchange to develop interventions aimed at improving clinical care for patients with type 1 diabetes. Additionally, she serves on the board of Carb DM, a San Francisco Bay Area organization providing support, education and connection to the T1D community. She is married to Howard Look, the founder and CEO of Tidepool.

Henry Anhalt, DO

Henry Anhalt, DO, is a pediatric endocrinologist who was most recently the Chief Medical Officer of the T1D Exchange, a nonprofit organization that has created a new paradigm fostering collaboration among patients, physicians, researchers and industry to speed discovery of better therapies for type 1 diabetes. Prior to his appointment at the T1D Exchange, he held numerous executive positions in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries. He was CMO and medical director of the Artificial Pancreas program at Animas and was then recruited by Sanofi to lead its nascent T1D program and the North American Medical Affairs strategy for their new basal insulin Toujeo. Dr. Anhalt has held numerous executive leadership roles in the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Endocrine Society, currently serving as chair of the Hormone Health Network, and a member of the Society’s Knowledge Integration Task Force. He has published over 30 peer reviewed papers, four textbook chapters, and dozens of abstracts. Dr. Anhalt is a member of the board of trustees of camp Nejeda, a camp for children with diabetes in Stillwater, NJ and member of the board of trustees of Insulin for Life USA an organization that provides insulin to people with diabetes around the world that have no access to insulin. He sees patients in Hackensack NJ.

Christel Aprigliano

Christel Marchand Aprigliano was diagnosed in 1983 with type 1 diabetes and spent her early years wishing it would simply “go away.” She now devotes her efforts to many diabetes advocacy and peer support initiatives as the CEO of Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC), a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the diabetes voice on federal and state policies; Founder of The Diabetes Collective, Inc., which produces The DiabetesUnConference; a member of Florida’s Diabetes Advisory Council, and as a consultant for healthcare companies. You can find her thoughts on life with diabetes on her popular personal blog, www.theperfectd.com.

David Baidal

David Baidal, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Diabetes Research Institute’s Clinical Islet Transplant Program. Dr. Baidal had completed his internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami and was a part of the DRI’s clinical transplant team, training under Drs. Rodolfo Alejandro and Camillo Ricordi. He then went on to complete a clinical and research fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Following his fellowship, Dr. Baidal rejoined the DRI’s Clinical Islet Transplant Program to focus on managing islet transplant recipients, developing new clinical islet transplant trials, and testing novel therapies for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

Sam Billetdeaux

Sam Billetdeaux Diagnosed at age 8, Sam Billetdeaux has always been determined not to let diabetes get in the way of his ambitions. While those ambitions have changed over the years, the determination hasn’t. Sam, now 27, lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend Grace and his Friends for Life® Ben, whom he met over 10 years ago on a CWD Youth Ambassador trip to Italy. He enjoys biking with friends, going to the dog park, and seeking out the best pizza/ramen/coffee/brunch in New York! Sam graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in July 2016.

Tom Boyer

Tom Boyer Possessing over 25 years of professional experience in health care government relations activities focused on diabetes, Tom Boyer currently serves as director, government aairs for Novo Nordisk Inc. The focus of his work involves handling government aairs issues for the company before elected officials and regulators in the western half of the United States. As of early May 2016, authorship credits over the course of his career include over 75 health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and related laws directly credited with helping families affected by diabetes. Working directly with the diabetes community he helped convince President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich of the need to improve diabetes coverage for the Medicare population, wrote the legislative language to implement this aim and oversaw the public aairs eefforts credited with achieving the benefits. He worked more recently with Members of Congress including then Congressman, now Governor Inslee and the Bush Administration to create and pass legislation providing coverage for diabetes needs within Medicare Part D, which is the prescription drug insurance program for America’s senior citizens.

Adam Brown

Adam Brown was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 and serves as Senior Editor/contributor at www.diaTribe.org and Head of Diabetes Technology & Digital Health at Close Concerns. At both organizations, Adam writes extensively about continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery, and mobile apps. He also writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe.org, Adam’s Corner, which has brought actionable diabetes tips to over 600,000 people since 2013. In addition to his writing, Adam has shared a patient perspective at many public venues over the past five years, including events for people with diabetes (Friends for Life, TCOYD, JDRF), several FDA Advisory Committees and NIH Workshops, and major diabetes conferences (ADA, AADE). He is passionate about cycling, strength training, nutrition, psychology, and spends his free time outdoors in San Francisco. His first book was published on diaTribe.org in Spring 2017.

Youth Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson is an active community volunteer with three nearly grown children including her daughter, Katie, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2011 at age 11. She currently works in the Diabetes Clinic at Stanford Children’s Hospital as a parent mentor and is the parent lead for their Diabetes Family Advisory Council. She also serves as the parent advisor on Stanford Children’s Diabetes Quality Improvement team working with the T1D Exchange to develop interventions aimed at improving clinical care for patients with type 1 diabetes. Additionally, she serves on the board of Carb DM, a San Francisco Bay Area organization providing support, education and connection to the T1D community. She is married to Howard Look, the founder and CEO of Tidepool.

Grandparents Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

Nightscout Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

Sports Central Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

CWD Fellows Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

CWD Staff Category


Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, and professionals from companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Several faculty members are T1s themselves. Denotes faculty member with diabetes

 

Retinal Screening Category


CWD Fellows Category


Top