Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hangout with us tomorrow, it’s one hour that could change your life

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It’s been well known for many years that the number of people with diabetes is on the rise, but the sheer impact of that increase is staggering. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the annual direct and indirect health care costs associated with diabetes rose to $245 billion in 2012. That’s billion with a ‘b’. And it’s an increase of 41 percent over just 5 years.

While the causes of the increase are many the solutions are far from easy, particularly for type 1 diabetes which is not caused by lifestyle factors but by the body’s inability to produce insulin.

On Thursday, January 23rd from noon till 1pm PT (3 – 4pm ET) we are holding a free Google Hangout to look at the progress being made in searching for stem cell treatments for diabetes.

We’ll have several experts and a Patient Advocate joining us online to talk about the latest and most promising research. Two of those experts are from ViaCyte, a San Diego-based company that has a Disease Team award from us and has developed a device they hope will be able to help people with type 1 diabetes. The device is about the size of a credit card and it is inserted under the skin where it can not only measure when blood sugar levels are low, but it can also secrete insulin to help restore those levels to normal.

We’re also going to be joined by Dr. Francisco Prieto, a practicing physician and researcher with an expertise in diabetes and a long-time active member of the ADA. Dr. Prieto also happens to be the Diabetes Patient Advocate member of our governing Board, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The fourth guest is Chris Stiehl, a longtime Patient Advocate who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years and who can bring a lifetime of experience to the discussion, and his hopes for the future.

It promises to be a lively, engaging and informative hour. And it's all free! And if you sign up on Google + (which is also free) you can post questions for the experts to answer.

To join us all you have to do is click here

We look forward to seeing you there.

kevin mccormack


  1. Thank you for this lecture. My 9 year old son has type 1. Do you foresee his own cord blood helping with the Viacyte device or is a donor a better option?

  2. The ViaCyte device will come pre-loaded with cells from a donor cell line so there is no need, at this point anyway, for individual patients to use their own cells in it.