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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Austin and BCBSTX Present the Third Annual Type1Now Conference to Educate, Empower and Inspire the Type 1 Community

Feb. 19, 2013

Austin, TX — In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), the Austin Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is hosting its third annual Type1Now Conference on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the UT Commons Learning Center. Now a nationally recognized educational conference, Type1Now is a full day of education and inspiration on living well with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This conference is appropriate for anyone affected by this disease; parents of children with T1D, adults newly diagnosed or veteran, alternate caregivers, and medical professionals.

The full day will consist of a research update delivered by Tom Brobson, JDRF National Director, Research Investment Opportunities and a participant in recent cutting edge Artificial Pancreas clinical trials and a Keynote Address from Manny Hernandez, President of Diabetes Hands Foundation. Attendees will select from a variety of breakout sessions focused on four informational avenues including basic care, advanced care, emotional well being, and research as well as visit with diabetes care and management exhibitors, participate in interactive table topics and much more! Tickets are on sale for $50 per person/ $90 per couple which includes breakfast and lunch. To purchase, please visit www.jdrf.org/type1now .

According to Type1Now Chair, Emma Garrett, "attendees will leave feeling educated and inspired to live life to the fullest with type 1 now. Breakout session topics range from carb counting and insulin pumping to more emotional topics such as diabetes burnout and family dynamics. We are bringing in nationally recognized speakers and are excited to provide such valuable resources to the type 1 community in Texas."

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is the presenting partner of the third annual Type1Now Conference. Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, VP and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas states that, "BCBS is happy to support JDRF’s Type1Now Conference. We recognize that type 1 diabetes is a complex disease to manage, and educational opportunities such as this in our community can have a very positive impact on one’s physical and emotional well being."

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with the disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing the disease. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more that $1.8 billion to T1D research, including $112 million in FY2012. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org/austin .


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