A call for YOUR pressing questions!
This coming Saturday, Oct. 25, is the Diabetes Research Institute's annual conference in New York. One of the main topics is making sense of news coverage on diabetes — are the headlines all just a bunch of hype, or do they bring us real hope?
The DRI has asked me to publish a call for your questions here: if you were in a room with a panel of diabetes researchers, members of the media, psychologists, and other diabetes experts, what would want to ask them in regards to the things you read in the press about diabetes?
I'm excited to report that I will actually be traveling to New York to attend, and to moderate a lunchtime panel titled "Hype... or Hope?" We're planning for a lively discussion on how the media today cover so much about diabetes and research, and how can/should patients and their families distinguish the facts from the "non-facts." There's also the psychological aspect: does the news just depress you? So should you tune out? Why are they always making great progress with mice, but not with people? And of course there's the issue that so many research studies reported on may be inherently biased by their pharmaceutical sponsors. Many things to think about.
Have a look at the headlines here. What year do you think these came out? (see below)
Yup, circa 1974. Could've been last week, no? How does one NOT get frustrated?
On the DRI discussion panel, and ready to answer your questions, will be:
* Dr. Jay Skyler - DRI Director of Academic Programs
* Wendy Satin Rapaport- Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Psychology at the DRI
* Fran Carpentier - former Senior Editor of PARADE Magazine (who just launched her own diabetes blog to boot)
* Norma Kenyon - Co-Director of the Executive Research Council at the DRI
* Jeff Hitchcock - founder and director of ChildrenwithDiabetes.com
btw, if you're able to make it to New York City next Saturday, there's still a little time to register for the conference. Make yourself known. Make yourself heard :)