Hello Dear Readers, Friends and e-Patients Everywhere:
Today we're more than pleased to announce the WINNERS of our 2013 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Scholarship Contest, a campaign to identify 10 articulate patients who can represent the Diabetes Community in our ongoing push for innovation to improve the lives of people with diabetes (PWDs).
We asked folks to submit material -- video, slides, or images -- expressing their sentiments about current diabetes technology and what they feel are the biggest unmet needs. We were delighted with the quality of responses.
Each of our winners will receive a scholarship to attend and participate in our newest DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event taking place at Stanford University on Nov. 15, 2013!
We plan to feature each of our winners here at the 'Mine over the next few months, as well...
Without further ado, this year's DiabetesMine Patient Voices Winners are (in alphabetical order):
- Christel Aprigliano, a type 1 D-blogger and active advocate who submitted a compelling appeal for a holistic approach to diabetes care.
- Simon Carter, longtime type 1 himself and parent of a T1 child also living with celiac, and creator of a new "prediction system" called ManageBGL.com.
- Corinna Cornejo, a type 2 who works with the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and created an excellent presentation on the need for information, not just data.
- Allison Dunning, type 1, who's passionate about the use of "big data" to inform improved diabetes care for us all.
- Melissa Lee, another active type 1 D-blogger who presented an innovative idea for an "Insu-litmus" test to help us gauge whether our insulin is still effective.
- Kyle McClain, a software developer diagnosed with type 2 in 2010 who "immediately began looking for tools to help me manage my diabetes." Not liking what he found, he began creating his own tool called Gludi.
- Julia Neese, a type 1 from Germany, who presented a very intelligent assessment of three key themes: bionic pancreas, data management, and affordability.
- Shelley Spector, a type 1 herself and devoted D-parent, who presented many good points on engaging kids, issues with D-teens wanting to hide it, and how hospitals and payers can benefit from providing us with better tools up-front.
- Scott Strange, well-known type 1 D-blogger, who focused on the need to emphasize the psychological side of diabetes: "The mental and emotional side for me has been a lot worse than the physical side," he says.
- Amy Tekrony, a Canadian type 1 and aspiring endocrinologist, who created a compelling video on the pressing need for needed changes in diabetes technology.
CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS! You'll hear from us shortly on arranging your participation in the 2013 DiabetesMine Summit at Stanford University.
Winners' submissions will be integrated into a new Patient Voices video to be unveiled at the Summit, and posted here at the 'Mine thereafter.
THANK YOU for your interest and participation, All!
That goes for our diabetes tech survey, as well; at final count we had nearly 900 participants in that research project! Again, results are being analyzed for presentation at the Summit, and we'll publish here to follow.
A huge Thank You also to our 2013 Summit/ program sponsors: