I have a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and my daughter Allison has type 1 diabetes. Nine years ago when she was diagnosed, I made it a personal mission to understand the science of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and forge connections with top researchers in the field. I attended research meetings and cold called scientists to discuss where the field is going and what they think would expedite research.
It became clear that many of scientists studying T1D wished for a regular, curated, and connected conversation to others in the field, and also to interact with select scientists outside the field whose input might generate new ideas. Additionally, they wanted a better path to connect and retain the best and brightest young researchers to careers in T1D research.
Our all volunteer team has designed the(sugar)science as a digital platform, complete with unique collaborative tools, a new style of interactive programming and input from thought leaders around the globe. We are committed to inviting young scientists and those outside the field to weigh in on T1D. We created private Off the Record brainstorming salons and Ask the Expert POP UP digital cafes scientific conversations to discuss thier work, hypotheses and research objectives. We conducted two State of the Science series for global investigators to discuss cutting edge issues in T1D with a live scientific audience. Our novel tools include forums for sharing resources and weighing in on scientific articles. State of the Science 2022 was composed of women scientists, following a key paper describing a paucity of female leadership in the field. We held two data driven D-Challenges, awarding cash prizes to teams that used digital tools to create novel T1D hypotheses.
We are helping scientists connect, collaborate and look at T1D through many lenses, some non-conventional. At 2 years old, and with an audience of 30K, the(sugar)science is curating and transforming the conversation in Type 1 diabetes research.
Time is of the essence
According to the IDF, 700 million adults will have Type 1 diabetes by 2045.
Even prior to a post COVID world, researchers and scientists expressed their frustrations at the limitations in their ability to collaborate and connect, which prompted the creation of the(sugar)science.
Join us in revolutionizing the way scientists connect, collaborate and expedite research.