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July 10, 2012

UF Welcomes Dr. Patrick Concannon

Patrick J. Concannon, Ph.D., will serve as the next Director of the University of Florida Genetics Institute. Previously, Dr. Concannon served as Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His research interests
include cellular DNA damage responses, breast cancer genetics, and genetics of type 1 diabetes.

His expertise in type 1 diabetes genetics focuses on mapping and identifying the major susceptibility genes for the disorder. He is also currently pursuing translational studies to connect risk genotypes with patient phenotypes.

The UF Diabetes Center welcomes Dr. Concannon to his new role at the University of Florida, and we look forward to partnering with him in his mission to develop ways to prevent T1D and improve current treatments.

Technology Corner: MyCareConnect

MyCareConnect is a free internet tool for communicating diabetes information among parents, school nurses, and health care providers via email and text messages. It can be used:

  • To communicate with your child’s school,
  • To communicate with your doctor/CDE,
  • To log and track blood glucose trends and document insulin doses

BlueLoop is the mobile version of MyCareConnect and allows you to enter information via your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.). You can learn more about how MyCareConnect works by watching this video or visiting the Web site.

A Passion to Defeat Diabetes

As a long-time diabetes advocate, Janet Silverstein, M.D., has been traveling to Camp Winona in the Ocala National Forest to serve as medical director for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes since 1979.

At diabetes camp, Dr. Silverstein provides education to children with diabetes, as well as to medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students and other medical professionals. Dr. Silverstein is passionate about camp because it is often the first time children with diabetes realize they are not alone in fighting the disease.

In addition to serving as the medical director at diabetes camp, Dr. Silverstein is a leader at many national organizations including American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and the FDA Advisory Panel for Endocrine and Metabolic Disease.

You can learn more about Florida Diabetes Camp by visiting the Florida Diabetes Camp Web site.

Fresh Market Event to Support Diabetes Research

When: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 8 to 10 p.m.

Enjoy prime rib, shrimp cocktail, distinctive cheeses, and other hors d’oeuvres while tasting Fresh Market’s selection of fine wines.

The event will take place at The Fresh Market in Gainesville, located at 4120 Northwest 16th Boulevard. Tickets are available to those 21 years of age and older for $25 each. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

More information is available online

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