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What is ADA’s Call to Congress?

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Call to Congress in a way to advocate and support American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes with the decision makers at Capitol Hill.

On March 10th, 2011 more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will come together and storm Capitol Hill to tell Congress we need to Stop Diabetes! We need YOU to join that effort by being a part of Call into Congress. Call your Members of Congress on March 10th to ask for funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.

To participate, just follow these easy steps:

  • Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.
  • When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your representatives’ offices.
  • When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide.  Tell the health aide you are a constituent and you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support the American Diabetes Association’s request to increase 2012 federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.
  • Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your representatives. But if you want to add more, you can remind them:
    • Funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programs is essential to preventing, treating and eventually curing diabetes.
    • Stopping diabetes will save taxpayers millions of dollars that would be spent on treating diabetes complications like blindness, amputations and kidney disease.

Once you’re off the phone, tell us how your call went! Thanks for joining our Call into Congress.

Want to know what else you can do to help Stop Diabetes?  Sign up now to get action alerts via email and become a Diabetes Advocate!

To learn more, view our past Call to Congress videos here:


GET INVOLVED TODAY!
WE NEED YOU!

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Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

Robert Henry, MD, (San Diego), Named President, American Diabetes Association

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

Robert R. Henry, MD, of San Diego, CA, Named President, Medicine & Science, for the American Diabetes Association


ALEXANDRIA, VA (January, 2011) – The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Robert R. Henry, MD of  San Diego, California has been named President, Medicine & Science for the Association.

As President, Medicine & Science, Dr.Henry is one of the principal officers of the American Diabetes Association.  He will also serve as the principal spokesperson and advocate for the Association regarding diabetes-related medicine and science issues.

Dr. Henry is also currently Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, Chief of the Section on Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and Director of the Center for Metabolic Research at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Dr. Henry has served on numerous local and national American Diabetes Association committees and task forces, while participating in many fundraising events over the years. His national service with the Association includes a term on the Board of Directors and the Research Foundation Board of Directors, as well as appointments to the Professional Practice Committee, the Publications Policy Committee, the Research Grant Review Panel and the Research Policy Committee.

On the local level, Dr. Henry is the Past President of the American Diabetes Association’s San Diego Community Leadership Board.  Additionally, for the past four years he has been the top individual fundraiser for the San Diego Tour de Cure cycling event.  He has also participated in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, the development of the San Diego Research Committee and has made numerous presentations in the community on behalf of the Association.

“Dr. Henry is an invaluable volunteer for the San Diego Area office.  His generosity of time and talent is unequaled.  It is with great pride that we congratulate Dr. Henry on his new role and look forward to working with him this year,” said Jim Godes, American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board Chair.

As a researcher, Dr.Henry has primarily focused on exploring insulin resistance in human cell culture systems of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue and in people with diabetes. He is considered one of the premier investigators in the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Henry has received more than 60 diabetes research-related grants and awards, including an American Diabetes Association Research and Development Award and the Association’s Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award for his research on the mechanisms of insulin resistance in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Well-known within the international diabetes research community, Dr.Henry is frequently invited to share his work at premier research events worldwide.

Dr. Henry received his Medical degree and completed his residencies in internal medicine and endocrinology at the University of Manitoba Medical School. He received his pre-medical science training at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada and received post-fellowship training in diabetes at the University of Colorado in Denver. His Board Certifications include the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is also a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

 

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