Screenings + Trials: Why They Matter.

The pathway to prevention is a risk screening study to detect your family member’s risk of developing T1D. Screening results can show an increased risk years before symptoms appear and your contribution to research has the power to change the course of T1D.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the organizations listed below.

Pump Trials
At Friends for Life® Conferences you’ll learn about managing your diabetes and diabetes care.
For many T1s, insulin pump therapy is a critical part of their regimen.
While insulin pumps can be liberating and oer convenience, insulin pumps can help manage your
blood sugars and can help improve your A1c.

If you are interested in learning more about pumps and pump therapy,
visit our exhibit hall, or experience what it feels like to wear a pump using saline solution.
Contact one of the representatives below to learn more or to schedule your trial.

Insulin pump companies offer would-be pumpers a chance to try their products using saline or if you already use a pump, here’s a chance to try out a new one. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording “insulin pump trial with saline.” If you plan to try more than one pump, please be sure to bring a prescription for each.
Please note: this opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly.

These companies are offering pump trials. Contact these representatives for more information and to schedule your appointment.


Wednesday – Friday
El Paso 2 (behind North Registration)

Email Janet Tedeschi at for sign up and instructions.

Tandem Diabetes Care – t:slim® Insulin Pump

Wednesday – Thursday
El Paso 1 (behind North Registration)

Contact Jenny Vandevelde at (XXX) 255-6312 or
for sign up instructions. Please note: Tandem Pump trials are available to individuals ages 6 and up

TrialNet Screening

Wednesday – Friday
Central Registration / Laredo 1-2

A TrialNet team will be on site performing screenings Wednesday through Friday at Central Registration / Laredo 1-2. Family members who do not have type 1 diabetes can be screened for risk factors and can participate in important clinical trials. For more information about this
important study, visit the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet website.

Celiac Screening

Wednesday – Friday
Central Registration / Laredo 1-2

Celiac, an autoimmune condition like type 1 diabetes, is much more common among people
with type 1 diabetes than the general population. To help our families at Friends for Life® Orlando, a team from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, led by Dr. Alessio Fasano, will offer celiac screenings Wednesday through Friday at Central Registration / Laredo 1-2. If you suspect celiac, you must eat gluten for four weeks prior to the screening. One slice of bread per day is sufficient.

Retinal Screening

Wednesday – Friday
Acapulco / Baja / Cancun Rooms

Once again this year, a team of eye care specialists from the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science from the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University will be on site performing free, non-mydriatic (no pupil dilation) retinal screenings for kids and adults with type 1 diabetes, Monday through Friday in the Acapulco / Baja / Cancun rooms. Pre-conference sign up is required and should be completed during conference registration.

This pump has given all of us so much freedom. In the year after Isabella’s diagnosis, we didn’t go anywhere. After the pump, we went to Disney World!

Victoria, Mom to Isabella

Diagnosed 9.13.2009

Our Thanks to This Year’s Founding Sponsors

Friends for Life: Is a dose of this once a year enough?