Diabetes Patient Voices Help Push for Development

Now we’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Patient Voices Competition — an yearly scholarship program where we seek a set of triggered patients to take part in our DiabetesMine Innovation Summit held every autumn at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA.

Our winners assist symbolize the bigger patient community, expressing our needs and desires into the Powers That Be: pharma industry and regulatory leaders, health insurance execs, clinicians, entrepreneurs, wellness technology specialists, the nation’s biggest practices and national advocacy organizations and much more.

This year’s Summit will occur on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, preceeded by the Fall 2014 D-Data ExChange occasion, focusing on information technology as well as the #WeAreNotWaiting motion. Obviously, we’re very excited!

Now without further ado, this year’s DiabetesMine Patient Voices Winners are:

  • Julie Schulman, a researcher, scientist, mother and type 1 D-blogger at , who frequently writes about enhancing quality of life for PWDs by functioning to automate, integrate, and analyze our diabetes data.


  • Sarah Kaye, a self-described form 1 “diabetes technology nerd in mind, D-blogger, photographer, insurance agent, and all-around sweet southern belle.”


  • Kimberly Hislop, a T1D for 16 decades plus a pumper for five, who’s passionate about the bionic pancreas and other technological advances for diabetes, in addition to cultivating support from fellow PWDs.


  • Greg Nickleski, a type 1 from Illinois diagnosed in 2011 who intends to  go back to college to study endocrinology, because he “needs to be on the forefront of cutting-edge technology between diabetes.”


  • Jeff Mather, a type 1 photographer and D-blogger interested in cutting barriers to information access and making it feasible for caregivers and patients to integrate medical instruments and commercial/off-the-shelf products.


  • Melissa Lee, an active type 1 D-blogger and urge from Dallas, TX, who’s also mother to two young children. Decision


  • Christel Aprigliano, a type 1 D-blogger and active advocate who appears to be coordinating a diabetes community “UnConference” in Las Vegas for March 2015. *


(*Notice: Christel & Melissa were winners this past year. Per our policy, applicants are entitled to 2 decades consecutively.)

Also joining us Patient Community Delegates this year are both volunteer DOC Judges:

  • Merle Gleeson, founder of Type 1 Diabetes Lounge in Chicago. You may read about Merle’s rise to diabetes-advocacy stardom here.


  • Karen Graffeo, founder of the Yearly  Diabetes Blog Week, JDRF volunteer and DCAF Advisory Board member. We’re proud to have had their assistance, and also to welcome them as participants in our 2014 Innovation Summit too!


DM Summit Logo 2014

And thank you for your interest and participation.

Winners will hear from us shortly on arranging your travel & participation in the 2014 DiabetesMine Summit at Stanford University.

Made possible by our 2014 program sponsors:



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