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Driscoll Children's Hospital
Dr. Stephen Ponder is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist with 38 years of personal experience with type 1 diabetes. It was this close connection with diabetes which led him to become a lifelong student of this condition. A Certified Diabetes Educator since 1989, Dr. Ponder served on the NCBDE from 1994-1998 and was that organization's chair in 1996. He has dedicated his professional career to the improvement of diabetes related outcomes through education of patients and health care professionals.
His most recent challenge has been in dealing with the epidemic of children with the Metabolic Syndrome and type 2 diabetes across South Texas. Dr. Ponder now sees twice as many new cases of type 2 diabetes in children, compared to type 1 diabetes. Recently, the state of Texas created a school-based screening program for acanthosis nigricans, a physical marker for insulin resistance. The clinical referrals from that program have been nothing short of staggering in their impact, and have served as a call to action for the South Texas medical community to develop better public health and individual strategies to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes and its correlates on families impacted by this disease.
Through this experience, Dr. Ponder promotes the concept of type 2 diabetes as a family disease, since the majority of families with children or teens with type 2 diabetes also possess numerous other family members, often parents or other first degree relatives, touched by this disease. He will present to you his perspective of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children as very much a family affair, and will make practical suggestions for addressing this truly monumental health problem of the new millenium.
The Hartman Group, Inc.
Laurie Demeritt is president and COO of the Hartman Group, a research firm based in Seattle,Washington.
As president, Laurie is responsible for the quantitative and qualitative market research client service departments, and is the team lead on all consulting projects, including development strategies, retail services and new product market analysis.
She was instrumental in developing unique systems for understanding consumer behavior and motivation, as well as assisting in the creation of Hartman Interactive. Laurie frequently participates as a speaker at industry events and directs much of her time to business development. Prior to joining The Hartman Group, Laurie worked in Europe as an environmental consultant and in Canada as a marketing coordinator.
Mintel International Group Ltd.
For more than six years, Kat Fay has been analyzing trends for Mintel Group’s Reports team.
As a senior consumer research analyst, her key areas of research include lifestyle reports that focus on health, weight control, eating habits and nutrition, along with the health and beauty sector. Some of her recent reports include Organic Foods, Kids’ and Teens’ Eating Habits, Spending Power of Baby Boomers, and Anti-Aging Skincare.
Prior to joining Mintel, Fay held positions as English department researcher for St. Xavier University in Chicago and editor of an online current events news publication. Her commentary and analysis has been featured in several national consumer and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Supermarket News, and The New York Times. Fay holds her M.A. in English from St. Xavier University, where she is currently serving on the university’s steering committee to integrate the English and Business degree program.