Wil Dubois is a diabetes treatment specialist with the Pecos Valley Medical Center, a rural non profit clinic located in New Mexico. He has type 1 diabetes and is a health columnist and author who has published over 275 articles and four award-winning diabetes books.
Scott Johnson and Wil discuss Sulfonylureas and everything those living with diabetes might want to know!
Type 1 Awareness Day at the Georgia Capital!
Our own TuDiabetes.org member Trip Stoner will recount her story about getting this project up and running.
She couldn’t have done it without her fantastic endocrinologist Jonathan G. Ownby, MD. Dr. Ownby joined Atlanta Diabetes Associates in 2012. He is a Tennessee native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lee University. He graduated medical school from the University of Tennessee and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
He then moved to Atlanta and completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Ownby practices general Endocrinology and is involved in diabetes research.
Join Dr. Ownby, Trip, Scott Johnson and Rick Phillips for an insider’s look into getting a project like this off the ground.
Sarah is responsible for TrialReach’s communities, partnerships, funding, and media relations. She has more than twenty years’ experience building companies in Silicon Valley and the UK. She began her career at General Magic and went on to co-found Spellbound (CEO) and MePlease (CMO). She is an Emmy-nominated writer and filmmaker and an advisor to Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.
TrialReach is helping patients find and take part in clinical trials so that new drugs and life-saving treatments can reach the people who need them, faster. Learn more at http://www.trialreach.com.
Medical technology, also referred to as medtech, promises to make massive amounts of data available to the individual about his or her state of health. It might even enable individualized management of chronic conditions like diabetes, moving us away from a one-size-fits-all approach. This is the starting point for this episode where Scott and Corinna touch on the promise of more real-time health data, data overwhelm, the need for training to understand the data, CGMs, patient access, putting people first, and more.
Easycarb is the first complete solution for tracking carbohydrates, intended to make the process simple, accurate and efficient. It consists of a powerful app combined with a dedicated portable Bluetooth scale, which together automatically determine the exact amount of carbohydrate in a given meal, calculates corresponding insulin doses and logs everything for easy access at all times. It is intended to make carb counting accurate, fun and engaging for everyone.
Where are we right now?
The Easycarb project is already in motion, and founders Klemen and Luka Zupancic have all the blueprints for production ready. They are currently looking for potential strategic partnerships or investments from like-minded organizations, companies and individuals from the field of diabetes innovations to help finalize the product and bring it to the market.
About Klemen and Luka
Brothers Klemen and Luka Zupancic are researchers in the field of biomedicine and regenerative medicine, and founded Easycarb in November 2013.
Klemen and Luka have both been involved with diabetes as part of their academic pursuits, which led them to develop a mutual interest in the condition. They started focusing their efforts towards diabetes research and participating in various workshops and courses about diabetes management as volunteers, where they got the opportunity to talk with people living with diabetes and listen to the challenges they face every day. It was not long until they realized that something was very wrong with the current standard for counting and tracking carbohydrates. This process is crucial for maintaining short-term and long-term health when it comes to diabetes, yet it is extremely outmoded, inconvenient and inefficient, and has remained virtually unchanged for decades.
As researchers, Klemen and Luka always relied on scientific fact when it came to the work they did. When recent global studies and clinical trials revealed the importance of good carbohydrate management and the role it plays in the management of diabetes, there was no more doubt in their minds; they decided to modernize the process of tracking carbs and make it simple and effective, so everyone could do it right. They wanted to create change, and Easycarb is their way to do it.
“Founded on Dec 5th, 2013 our mission is to pave a path to joyful health for all people who carry chronic health conditions through creative and unique theater-driven programming. Our therapeutic theater education programs, developed by professional artists in partnership with a leading clinical psychologist, address the mental and emotional health side of living with chronic condition(s). Currently focusing on the diabetes sector, our programs seek to connect all sides of the care-circle in order to holistically improve the lives of people with diabetes, bridge the gap between patients and providers, destigmatize depression and build cultural empathy for the experience of living with chronic illness.”
Scott K. Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. He has been writing about his struggles and successes with diabetes since late 2004. Currently blogging at Scott’s Diabetes (scottsdiabetes.com), working as the Communications Lead, USA for mySugr, and contributing to many other diabetes related projects, Scott stays busy connecting with others living with diabetes. Scott works full time as a freelance writer and diabetes consultant, and says, “I’m your average guy living with type 1 diabetes. I don’t have it all figured out, and sharing my struggles with diabetes helps by showing people that it is okay to still be trying to get it right, even after nearly 35 years.” Scott lives with his family near the Minneapolis, MN area.