NextGen

My name is Alex and I am a 2021 NextGen Fellow with CDN. I am a student at California State University East Bay pursuing a BA in Business Administration with a focus on Operations and Supply Chain Management. As a person living with T1D for over 10 years, I understand that access to insulin and modern treatments is vital. One of my personal goals is to make resources more cost-effective and accessible to everyone. My life purpose is deeply linked to Eli Lilly and Company’s (Lilly)… Read more
I recently had the pleasure to speak with Paul Edick, the Chairman and CEO of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., about Gvoke HypoPen®, a ready-to-use form of glucagon. As a person with type one diabetes, one of my biggest fears has always been low blood sugar. Thankfully, up to this point, I’ve always been able to treat my lows by myself by eating fast-acting carbohydrates. But what do you do when a person with diabetes has passed out from low blood sugar, or if eating carbs is not working to raise… Read more
As I eagerly found a seat for the First Timers Orientation, I heard the familiar blaring high alarm of a Dexcom. I laughed as every single person in the room checked to see if it was them. I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging and reflected on my journey that brought me from California to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida for the week-long conference, Friends for Life.
My name is Crystal Diaz and I am serving as a CDN NextGen Fellow this year! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2019 at age 18 and am currently studying Global Disease Biology at UC Davis on the pre-PA route. I was so excited to discuss the topic of advocacy with Alicia Downs, who is so involved in the diabetes sector and in the healthcare field. As a young adult with hopes to enter the healthcare field, I wanted to learn about how other type 1’s navigated graduate school and their day-to-… Read more
Living with a chronic illness can be a lot at times. I remember being told the odds of depression or anxiety occurring in those living with type 1 diabetes is two to three times more than the average person. I always thought I would never be in that position. I had a good grasp on my blood sugars, and my A1c had always been relatively in-target. I was diagnosed with T1D at age 8, and honestly had not run into many issues with my diabetes until I was about 17. My senior year of high school, I… Read more
Meet the 2021 class of NextGen Fellows!
Each year, CDN selects a group of young adult leaders as part of our NextGen program to attend conferences to network, represent CDN, and learn about the latest research and innovations in diabetes. This year, we had 9 NextGen leaders attend the American Diabetes Association 80th Scientific Sessions. While the conference experience was virtual this year, our students were able to join over 12,500 participants from all over the world for five days of scientific advances and groundbreaking… Read more
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