Updates from the ADA Scientific Session Conference
In all the years I’ve lived with diabetes, I’ve never gone to the mega-huge ADA Scientific Session Conference. As I’m sitting here getting ready to walk over to pick up my registration information, I’m sort of intimidated by the size of the crowd that is here.
An estimated 17,000 people have descended on Philadelphia to hear and learn about diabetes, including what’s new what’s hot and listen to some pretty big heads talk about the science behind diabetes and the biological and technical innovations they have been working.
While cruising through the lobby of my hotel last night, there was a small group huddled by the front desk speaking Spanish and looking at their shuttle pass. This morning in the business center, a tall handsome Finnish man sat typing away with his pump hanging on his hip. White bags with “ADA” hang on almost every doorknob of the hotel and the vibe between last night and the morning has shifted to excited energy.
Twitter started to pick up the hashtag #ada2012 as Kerri Sparling winged her way into town with this tweet: “Someone on this flight has their Medtronic pump suspended. I keep hearing the beeps. And now I want to hug them. #diabetes #ada2012.”
ADA 2012 can be likened to a diabetes "hug fest." It’s not hugging the disease, but giving us the tools and encouragement to keep going. For those of us who live with it, deal with it and burn out from it, this conference is about meeting, greeting, and getting a hug from someone who "gets" you!
Here are some things to do while you are here (if you're here):
- Saturday, June 9th, 11:00-12:00 pm: Dribble to Stop Diabetes Fit Clinic. Jefferson Alumni Hall 1020 Locust St
- Saturday, June 9th, 5:00-8:00 pm: ADA/DOC (Diabetes Online Community) Meet Up the field house inside the Convention center.
- Sunday 10:00- 12:00 TuDiabetes meet up in the Love Park, intersection JFK BLVD and 16th St.
- Monday, June 11, 12:00-2:00 pm: Poster Session Learn about what the Big Blue Test has revealed about our habits and our bodies. Speaker will be Dr. Sheri Colberg. To find this event, look for Poster number 732-P in category 10-B Exercise-Human.
If you can’t join the conference live and in person, you can follow the conference on Twitter under the hashtag #ADA2012. Everyone will be tweeting from the Scientific Sessions as well as from the social events, too.