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Fusion – Type 1 Diabetes Technology and Devices for Adults

26 Jun 2021


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Diabetic man using a technological device to manage their type 1 diabetes

Hear from people using type 1 diabetes technology and devices, from diabetes professionals and the technology companies themselves.

This event is for adults living with or affected by type 1, who use or are interested in how technology and devices help to manage type 1, and also to learn more about the latest and advanced tech. You will hear from people using type 1 technology and devices, diabetes professionals and the technology companies themselves.

By the end of the event you will:

  • Understand what devices and technology are available to help manage your condition
  • Have found out how to access diabetes technology through the NHS
  • Have met like minded individuals and heard how they manage their type 1
  • Have met the medical technology companies themselves and had an opportunity to ask questions
  • Know what new tech is on the horizon

Our Fusion events are awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars.

What our past attendees say about out events!

“It was a very informative event where I learnt loads of relevant bits of information. I especially liked the chance to hear from experts who lived with diabetes themselves. I thought the exhibition rooms worked really well and I feel so positive about the opportunities available to manage diabetes.” Rachael, High Wycombe

“Informative, with a great overview of additional areas of technology for managing diabetes.” Chris, York

“Brilliant knowledge spread round the group, lots of content fitted into a session.” Stuart, Halifax

Schedule for the day

10:00 Welcome

Lesley Jordan, Senior Technology Access Specialist, JDRF

10.15 Diabetes care, technology and the future

Geraldine Gallen, Type 1 Service Lead, Kings College Hospital

10.45 Diabetes industry, technology and the future

Melissa Holloway, independent industry advisor

11:15 Keynote Q&A with Geraldine Gallen and Melissa Holloway

11.30 Comfort break

11.40 About Input:JDRF and our services

Dan Farrow, Head of Community Engagement, JDRF UK

11.50 Exhibitors introductions

12.05 Virtual exhibition

13:00 Panel discussion with individuals who have lived experience of type 1

Including: Paul @DiabeticDadUK

13:30 Event ends

Meet the speakers

Lesley Jordan – Senior Technology Access Specialist, INPUT:JDRF

Lesley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, and has lived with it for over 50 years. She has used an insulin pump since 2002. Lesley became a volunteer for the pump advocacy group INPUT in 2005, became Chairperson in 2011 and registered it as a charity in 2013. INPUT merged with JDRF in 2018 to reach a wider audience and help JDRF fulfill their mission. Lesley currently uses a pump, CGM and DIY closed loop. Her cat, Phoebe, often attends virtual meetings! Lesley will be the host.

“Our first Fusion event was in 2016 – technology has evolved so much even since then! Technology is such an exciting area of diabetes care. I’m delighted to be hosting our third virtual Fusion and hope it informs and inspires lots of my fellow people with type 1.”

Geraldine Gallen – Type 1 Service Lead, Kings College Hospital

Geraldine Gallen is a Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse, currently working at Kings College Hospital, London. She has been in this position for over ten years and is the lead for the Type 1 diabetes service. Geraldine is also a committee member of the DTN-UK.

Geraldine’s main clinical interest is in the management and education of all patients with Type 1 diabetes including those patients experiencing problematic hypoglycaemia, and along with the team at Kings offers a full range of treatments including structured education, DAFNE and DAFNE for pumpers, technology including insulin pump therapy, sensor augmented pump therapy, hybrid closed loop systems, continuous glucose monitoring and flash glucose monitoring.

She and her team have over 800 patients on insulin pumps and over 300 patients funded on full time continuous glucose monitoring.

Geraldine has also had training in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and is interested in developing these skills further and supporting patients in their holistic management with their diabetes.

Geraldine is excited by the developments of technology within type 1 diabetes management and can often be found talking to patients and healthcare professionals nationally and internationally educating how technology can be adapted into the patient pathway.

Melissa Holloway – Independent Industry Advisor and INPUT:JDRF Volunteer

Melissa worked with Lesley to run INPUT from 2013 to 2018. She has been in and around the diabetes care industry since 2003, when (as a postgrad student in history) she wrote an ‘expert patient’ guest blog that led to a job offer in diabetes business intelligence. She then worked for a blood glucose meter company and in healthcare consulting before becoming a medical copywriter in 2009. Melissa has had type 1 diabetes since 1994. She has used an insulin pump since 1996 and CGM since 2006. She has used a DIY closed loop system for the past 3 years. Raised in the US, Melissa lives in central London with her husband, 6 year-old son, and 19 month-old daughter. She has been a consultant for Roche Diabetes Care, Insulet, Novo Nordisk, ViCentra, Ascensia, and Dexcom.

“I love how Fusion brings people together – whether we are in the same room or our own homes – and I’m really happy to be part of it again this year.”

Twitter: @MelissaHollowa

Insta: @MelissaHollowa

Dan Farrow – Head of Community Engagement, JDRF UK

Dan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 19. He has used an insulin pump since 2019 and also uses a CGM. Dan has worked for JDRF UK since June 2015.

“I am delighted to be joining the third virtual Fusion event – the last virtual events were engaging, inspiring and informative.”

Paul @DiabeticDadUK – Blogger, Tweeter and Podcaster

Paul has had type 1 diabetes for 36 years. He uses a GlucoMen Day CGM to monitor his blood glucose alongside MDI insulin therapy. Paul is a father of two, a business owner and an organiser of GBDoc Tweetchats on Twitter.

Get in touch

For more information please contact fusion@jdrf.org.uk

Once you have registered for the event, password protected joining details will be sent out to you by email before the event.

Event video

All Fusion and virtual Discovery Day events are recorded. You will be sent an email with the recording in the days following the event. Or you can find the video of this event and other Fusion and virtual Discovery events on our You Tube channel here.

Upcoming events

JDRF’s upcoming virtual Discovery Day events – which are on a variety of topics – can be found here.

Our sponsors

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