Monday, June 20, 2016

Report from New Orleans: 76th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association

Members of the T2D Knowledge Portal team braved extreme heat and humidity, as well as icy air conditioning, to attend the American Diabetes Association conference in New Orleans, LA. Our booth in the conference exhibit hall was a great way to interact personally with conference attendees and showcase the Portal. Many genetics researchers stopped by for one-on-one tutorials on our new tools and features. And clinicians and diabetes patients, even if they had no immediate use for genetic information, were happy to hear the goals of the project—to accelerate the identification of genes involved in T2D and, ultimately, to find new treatments and better understand the disease mechanism. 

We were pleased to welcome some special visitors to our booth: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Director Griffin Rodgers and Deputy Division Director Philip Smith. NIDDK is a major supporter of the T2D Knowledge Portal project.

Drs. Philip Smith (left) and Griffin Rodgers visit the Portal booth

Dr. Smith also made an video statement as part of the media coverage at ADA, eloquently explaining the rationale behind the Portal and the needs that it can address.

If you missed us at ADA, come visit us at our booth at the American Society for Human Genetics meeting next October! And if you can’t meet us in person, please feel free to email us at any time. We’re happy to answer questions or provide help in understanding the Portal data and tools.

Type 2 Diabetes Knowledge Portal team at ADA

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