BETHESDA, MD — Imagine my surprise and excitement when a leading Type 1 diabetes researcher, Dr. Desmond Schatz of the University of Florida, unofficially promoted our “We R The Cure” blog site during the recent JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Research Summit on Feb. 18. Let’s roll the audio tape:
“We do not have enough people participating in research studies,” Dr. Schatz told several hundred Type 1D enthusiasts in his opening statements. “My goal is to give you hope, to inspire hope, and to push you to get involved. Without U, there can be no cure.” Almost on cue, an outburst of applause came from the adjacent ballroom where young children with Type 1 diabetes were playing and having fun while their parents attended the JDRF Summit.
Dr. Schatz heard the applause and laughed. “I am here to make it clear, that the status quo (in Type 1 research) is unacceptable!” And again, the children cheered right on cue.
Dr. Schatz and his audience enjoyed the perfect timing, and I cheered, too. I could not believe my “good fortune.” I knew the JDRF Summit would be a unique opportunity for education and dialogue with prominent researchers in the Type 1 diabetes field. I also knew it would be a great chance to talk with friends and allies gathered in Bethesda. However, I was NOT expecting to get a free endorsement for “We R The Cure” from one of the researchers! (Of course, I’m joking. For the record — I did not pay him; However, I did thank Dr. Schatz later for pushing for more trial participants).
In the coming days, we’ll post some specific comments and follow up observations from what we learned at the Summit. In the meantime, here’s a link to all of the Summit presentations — without any edits — from the amazing professionals and lay people who spoke at the Summit.
A special thanks to Summit Presenting Sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, and the Capitol Chapter of JDRF for putting together such an amazing and educational event for us. Thank You! Read more about the Summit from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) on Twitter, using #jdrfsummit.