Recent Happenings

European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Berlin, Germany, October 1-5, 2018

American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, August 17-20, 2018

Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life Conference, Orlando, FL, July 10-15, 2018

American Diabetes Association 78th Scientific Sessions, Orlando, FL,  June 22-26, 2018

Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes, Vienna, Austria, February 14-17, 2018

World Diabetes Day, New York City, NY, November 14, 2017

AMBASSADOR, Consul General Anne Dorte Riggelsen of Denmark, The American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, & Novo Nordisk Inc., honoring World Diabetes Day and American Diabetes Month, at the Consul General’s residence.  

 An opportunity to discuss the links between cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (pictured above), blue spire light of One World Trade Center, Nicole Johnson, and Ambassador, Consul General Anne Dorte Riggelsen.

AADE Annual Meeting, , Indianapolis, IN, August 4-7, 2017

Above: T-1 Today Inc, d/b/a Children with Diabetes, hosting another very important round table discussion on Non-Medical Switching of Insulin.  Co-Moderators were Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, RADM, USPHS (Ret), and Nancy D'Hondt, RPh, CDE, FAADE, President of AADE.

Above Left: Race Driver Chase Pelletier (Type 1), Ralph Hansen, President of Pegasus Sports Marketing, and Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
Above Center and Right:  Chase Pelletier

Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 4-9, 2017

Children with Diabetes is thankful for the kind and generous support of its industry partners that help meet the needs of so many people impacted by diabetes

Above Top Row Left:  Insulet team members prepare for opening hall ceremony

Above Top Row Center:  Eli Lilly booth is standing room only

Above Top Row Right:  Always a big draw is the Lilly Team Nascar driven by Ryan Reed

Above Bottom Row Left:  Novo Nordisk booth is busy with families looking for information

Above Bottom Row Center:  Crowds swarming the exhibit hall floor

Above Bottom Row Right:  Night setting on the host hotel Coronado Springs Resort

Above Left:  T-1 Today Inc, d/b/a Children with Diabetes board of directors meeting

Above Center:  CWD President Jeff Hitchcock sharing information with the Industry Advisory board on the growth of the annual Friends for Life meeting. (Special thanks to the industry co-chair Alissa Heizler-Mendoza of Insulet Corporation)

Above Right:  Dr Des Schatz, Past President of ADA and CWD Faculty member addressing the CWD-AACE fellows during the boards reception for the fellows.

ADA Annual Scientific Sessions, San Diego, California, June 9-13, 2017

Above Center:  Round table breakfast discussion on Non-medical switching of insulin.  Participating were key leaders across both the professional and patient advocacy groups

Above Right: ADA exhibit hall, always a great place to reconnect with old friends and new business acquaintances.. Picture above is the Insulet booth (OmniPod Insulin Management System)  a worldwide rapidly growing tubeless insulin pump

Above Center:  Children with Diabetes Chair of the board (Dr Ken Moritsugu) presenting Children with Diabetes (CWD) challenge coins to ADA board chair (David DeMarco) and interim ADA CEO(Martha Clark).  Also from CWD were President Jeff Hitchcock, board members Stewart Perry, Paul Madden (also with ADA), and Mike Swearingen

Above Right: Sanofi workshop on patient advocacy

ATTD Annual Meeting, Paris, France, February 15-18, 2017

Above Left: Business meeting hosted by Blackbriar-LLC Paris colleague, Sylvia Lion.
Above Center: The exhibit hall of ATTD is always a very busy venue and perfect opportunity for companies to interact with the best from around the world in diabetes care. Pictured is the busy Roche Diabetes Care exhibit.  Photo courtesy of
Above Right: Internationally recognized diabetes leader Dr George Grunberger, Past President of AACE, and Chairman of the Grunberger Diabetes Institute. Photo courtesy of

Above Left: (Indianapolis, Indiana, January 6, 2017) With Pegasus Marketing Group President, Mr. Ralph Hansen, who has an extensive background in the auto racing world, including Indy Car, Trans Am, and SVRA. Ralph and Mike are working together on important projects for the SVRA, The Trans Am Series and for Chase Pelletier, a young Canadian Pro Mazda driver with Diabetes.
Above Center: (Scottsdale, Arizona, January 27, 2017) Participating at the AACE CAP meeting.
Above Right: (Washington, D.C., February 17, 2017) Participating at the ADA, Corporate Advisory Council Meeting.

ISPAD Annual Meeting, Valencia, Spain, October 26-29, 2016

Top Row
(Left) Dr Des Schatz, ADA President and recipient of the ISPAD Award for Achievement, Mike Swearingen, and Dr Lynda Fisher, recipient of the ISPAD Lestradet Award for Education and Advocacy. (Center) ISPAD President Dr Carine de Beaufort, discussing the success of the JJDCC supported Science School for Health Professionals. (Right) Jeff Hitchcock, President of Children with Diabetes sharing information on the 2017 CWD conferences with ISPAD attendees

Bottom Row
(Left) Tricia Cedotal, JJDCC discussing recent technology updates with faculty members of the Science School for Health Professionals. (Center) Science School participants representing all regions of the world. (Right) Sylvia Lion a consultant alliance on the exhibits floor.

CWD participates in "An evening with ISPAD for patients, families and experts" held at the Room Salon de Cristal, City Hall of Valencia, Spain October 27, 2016

Group photo in Valencia City Hall Cristal Room, Valencia, Spain

Jeff Hitchcock, President of Children with Diabetes, (CWD) listening as Dr Stu Brink, explaining to one of the children in Spanish, that Jeff presented with a CWD Challenge Coin during the evening event

Mike Swearingen, CWD board member with family members of DiabetesCero

EASD Annual Meeting, Munich, Germany, September 12-16, 2016

Sir Michael Hirst, Co-chair, Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network, discussing with senior management of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies, recent accomplishments of PDGN

Top thought leaders from around the world participated in daily "Innovations Room" discussions of current and future needs in the diabetes envioroment

Exhibits at EASD offered a continued flow of meetings with diabetes leaders across the EMEA region of the world.  Here, Sylvia Lion, International Consulting Alliance partner, meeting with Bastian Hauck, Germany Diabetes Online Community

Sylvia Lion presenting on Non-Adherence to Treatment, WHY?, as a part of the EASD Diabetes Education Study Group symposium she helped organize on Adherence to Treatment: from Concept to Practice, held in Munich, Germany, prior to EASD.

ESPE Annual Meeting, Paris, France, September 10-12, 2016

Sylvia Lion, International Consulting Alliance partner in Europe, discussing her upcoming symposium presentation on patient adherence during a dinner meeting in Paris

Anne Marie Bergevin, International Consulting Alliance partner, meeting with top thought leaders during the annual meeting

Anne Marie Bergevin, International Consulting Alliance partner as part of the support team for Genexine

ADA 76th Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA. June 10-14, 2016

Children with Diabetes (CWD), and International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), annual joint planning session held during ADA.

Planning with ISPAD leadership and senior members of the JJDCC.

Dr Barbara Kahn, (2016 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement), and her brother Dr. Norman Kahn.

Planning session for ATTD 2017 with Dr Moshe Phillip, and senior members of JJDCC marketing.

JJDCC promotional symposium held in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association Annual Scientific Sessions.

AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress, Orlando, FL. May 25-29, 2016

The annual AACE congress is an opportunity to hear from some of the finest endocrinologist in the U.S., as well as meet many AACE international members, which is a growing segment of AACE members.

Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, (DPAC), Washington D.C. 2016

First DPAC advisory board meeting was held on April 8, 2016, in Falls Church, VA., right outside the Washington, D.C. beltway, and included members representing both the pharmaceutical and device segments of diabetes care.

Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD), Milan, Italy 2016

The 9th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes took place in Milan, Italy, February 3-6, 2016.

ATTD as the premier diabetes technology meeting offers opportunities like the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies symposium (above), and quiet interaction time with key opinion leaders from around the world (right).

Second Parliamentarian for Diabetes Global Network (PDGN), Vancouver, Canada, December 2015

Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network (PDGN) is a major advocacy programme of the International Diabetes Federation.

It was established in December 2013 at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Parliamentary representatives from 55 countries met at a special forum for diabetes political champions.

Left to Right: Mike Swearingen, Tricia Cedotal-Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Companies, Adrian Sanders-President of IDF-PDGN and former member of UK Parliament, Larry K Ellingson RPh-National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council (NDVLC), Professor Juliana Chan MD-Director Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, The Honorable Judi Moylan-Global Coordinator PDGN, Professor Bernie Zinman MD-Director of the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes,

Left to Right: Bruce Taylor-Roche Diabetes Care, Jo Jo Dantone-DeBarbieris, RD, CDE (Diabetes Care and Education-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Tricia Cedotal-Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Companies, Mike Swearingen, and sitting: Larry K Ellingson, R.Ph., of the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council (NDVLC).

Professor Juliana Chan MD-Director Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity. discussing access for diabetes care in Hong Kong, and China, with Mike Swearingen, and Tricia Cedotal.