Cohen Children’s Medical Center to Host Diabetes Symposium

Cohen Children’s Medical Center will host the 18th Annual Ricky Herman Memorial Symposium on Saturday, September 24, from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. The free symposium, entitled, “Heading for a Cure, Making a Difference for Kids & Families with

Diabetes will be held at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lower Level, 270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY.

The symposium will begin with a buffet luncheon, followed by a 12:45 p.m. presentation by Joshua W. Rednik, president and chief executive officer of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, entitled, “Reaching the Biological Cure.” At 1:30 p.m., Scott K. Scolnick, director of professional and clinical sales at Dario Diabetes Management Solutions, will present on “The Bionic Pancreas Program - Update on Progress and Plans for the Future.” At 2:15 p.m., Derek Rapp, president & CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will lead a session on “Accelerating Progress in T1D Research.” The symposium concludes at 3 p.m. with a presentation entitled “Scoring Goals with Diabetes” by Michael Thornton, a 16-year-old soccer prodigy from Toronto. Despite his diabetes, Michael is playing with some of the most elite soccer academies in the world, thanks to the use of the Animas® Vibe® insulin pump. Following the symposium, the physicians will take questions from the audience.

Established in 1994, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Pediatric Diabetes Education Center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. It offers cutting-edge technology and treatment options to families living with diabetes, enabling them to achieve optimal diabetes care outcomes. The center, which offers both individual and group classes for pediatric diabetes education, includes a clinical team comprised of physicians, pediatric endocrinology fellows, certified diabetes nurse educators, and nutritionists, as well as a mental health support staff.

The program has been named as one of the Top 50 Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrine Disorder programs in the country by US News and World Report for its management and commitment to diabetes care, treatment therapies, and patient education.

Free screening for the risk of developing Type 1 diabetes through the research of Trialnet; Pathways to Prevention. For more information, contact Margaret Pellizzari, (516) 472-3762, or e-mail: [email protected].

While the symposium is open to the public, pre-registration is required by September 20. For more information, contact Gail Gary, (516-472-3763), or e-mail: [email protected]

About the Ricky Herman Memorial Symposium

Harold Herman established the Ricky Herman Memorial Symposia in memory of his son Ricky Herman, who had Type 1 Diabetes. The concept of this symposium is to foster a better understanding of the social and psychological issues faced by children with diabetes and their families, helping them to stay healthy and happy as they grow and develop.