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February 8, 2012

UF Diabetes Center Welcomes New Administrator

Please join us in welcoming Les Jebson, MHA, who will serve as the UF Diabetes Center’s Administrative Manager. As the first administrator in this role, he will oversee the Center’s partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in research, philanthropy, clinical outcomes and general administration. Mr. Jebson was formerly the executive director of the UF&Shands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute and continues to serve as adjunct faculty. Mr. Jebson can be reached at

Research Updates

· Learn more about Diabetes Screening in this video featuring Desmond Schatz, MD, UF Diabetes Center Medical Director. Please contact Annie Abraham at (352) 334-0866 or
visit our Web site
for more information.

· The age for participation in the Neulasta/GCSF clinical trial has been lowered to 12 years. Please visit our Web site for more information.

· UF has introduced a new Web site that allows you to search for diabetes research studies by key words or the scientific investigator’s name. Learn more at

What does GRAS have to do with Diabetes?

No, that’s not a spelling error. Learn more about the potential role Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS)-like agents may play in enhancing glycemic control or improving the anti-inflammatory process in people with type 1 diabetes.

You can listen to an interview on Diabetes Radio with Mark Atkinson, PhD, Desmond Schatz, MD, and Robert Levine, MD, or read about GRAS in the American Diabetes Association publication,

Upcoming Events for Families in Florida

Meet ARCA Race Driver Ryan Reed

February 12, 2012 noon to 4p.m. in Bradenton, FLFor those of you on the West Coast of Florida, consider dropping by to meet Ryan Reed, NASCAR Rookie of the Year and Type 1 Diabetes Hero. Ryan will be on site at Advance Auto Parts in Bradenton, FL, to sign autographs and meet fans. While you’re there, you can stop by the car show, enter the drawing for prizes and much more. This event is sponsored by JDRF.

Brevard Rodeo and Family Fun Day

February 25, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, FL

Bring your entire family along for a fun-filled day at Rocking L Ranch in Cocoa, FL. The day’s events include pony rides, games, and a performance by the equestrian drill team, The Giddy Up Girls. Omar Hudson, MD, will be at the event to join in the fun and provide a diabetes update for parents. For more information, please visit the Florida Diabetes Camp Web site.

Family Camp at Camp Crystal Lake

March 9-11, 2012 at Camp Crystal Lake

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to spend the weekend with your family at beautiful Camp Crystal Lake. You will meet new friends, enjoy the outdoors, and talk with nationally recognized diabetes experts in an informal camp setting. For more information, please visit the Florida Diabetes Camp Web site.

Friends for Life Conference

July 3-8, 2012 in Orlando, FL

Join an international group of diabetes clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes at the

Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference. You will learn the most current information in diabetes care, attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family’s diabetes management. Scholarships are available.

For more information, please visit
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