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Joslin Diabetes Center Convenes Leaders in Diabetes Prevention, Treatment, Payment, Education and Research at Diabetes Innovation 2012

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 3:12pm
Bio-Medicine.Org

BOSTON, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The diabetes epidemic demands a powerful response from leaders in the diabetes community, nationally and globally.  To this end, for the first time in its 114 year history, Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School will convene all stakeholders for  a groundbreaking, immersive activity over 3 days in September called  Diabetes Innovation 2012 (September 23-25, 2012 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, VA). 

Diabetes Innovation 2012 will act as a powerful catalyst for ideas, partnerships and collaborations. It will provoke thought, innovation and action that address the cost, productivity and quality-of-life impact of diabetes on our society by bringing together all stakeholders:  payers, purchasers, providers, industry, government, research, patients, consumers, technologists, developers, and funders. 

"Simply put, we MUST forge new approaches and dramatically increase our sense of urgency to address diabetes head-on.  Despite all of our collective efforts, we are not keeping up with the global threats presented by obesity and diabetes," says John L. Brooks III, CEO, Joslin Diabetes Center. "To effectively make a real difference, we need to convene, apply our collective energies, and work together, to truly create innovative policies and programs that will involve all stakeholders and that will make a real difference.  This world-wide pandemic will not be solved until all of us use our combined resources, commitment, determination, and passion to map out an aggressive and meaningful path forward."

Diabetes Innovation 2012 will provide a powerful foundation for sustained advancement in all facets of diabetes prevention, treatment and payment reforms including social media and gaming, translational research breakthroughs, food sourcing, distribution to mobile patient technologies and everything in between. 

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