Facebook Live panel conversation with Lisa Geelen, Dr. Michael Riddell and Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

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The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 is the family and diabetes.

Join us at 8pm EST on World Diabetes Day - Wednesday November 14th 2018 - for a Facebook Live panel conversation with Lisa Geelen, Dr. Michael Riddell and Dr. Joseph Cafazzo.

Our panel, moderated by Patrick Tohill, JDRF Canada's Director of Government Relations, will be discussing how research and technological advancements, better treatment options and greater knowledge about exercise and type 1 have helped to improve the lives of families living with this disease.

Lisa Geelen is a management consultant and the proud mother of two. Her involvement with diabetes began eight years ago when her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). At the time, she was shocked at the lack of support and understanding of T1D in schools. In 2016, Lisa started her own grassroots initiative called “Coffee's On Me” where she went to local schools, parent groups and daycares to educate them on the signs and symptoms of T1D onset. In early 2018, she collaborated on the creation of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) Diabetes Protocol. She continues to make her way to schools and parent groups to share strategies, support and improve the in-school experience of children living with T1D.

Dr. Michael Riddell is a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. His research is focused on the effects of exercise, hypoglycemia and stress hormones on diabetes control and metabolism. Dr. Riddell recently led a team of international researchers and clinicians to help disseminate new exercise guidelines and strategies for glucose control for type 1 diabetes. Dr. Riddell is also experimenting with a new drug that halts hypoglycemia, which will soon be ready for clinical trials. As a senior scientist at LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology, he oversees studies on optimizing insulin management for exercise in active people living with T1D. To find out more about Dr. Riddell’s research on exercise, click here.

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and executive director of biomedical engineering at the University Health Network. Dr. Cafazzo is also working on new features for bant – a unique, free smartphone application he launched in 2010 with the support of TELUS Health Solutions that offers a simpler and more attractive option for daily diabetes management. For more info about his research and bant, click here.

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