Kelly L. Close
Editor-in-Chief, Founder of The diaTribe Foundation
Kelly L. Close is the founder and Chair of the Board of The diaTribe Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, and advocating for action. She is the president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity, and since 2006 has been editor in chief of diaTribe, a free monthly online newsletter focused on new research and products for people with diabetes (diaTribe.org). Kelly and her colleagues attend over 40 scientific, regulatory, and economic conferences globally focused on diabetes and obesity, read key medical literature in the field, and write regularly about 50-plus private and public companies and nonprofit organizations in the area. Kelly's passion for diabetes comes from her extensive professional work as well as her personal experience as a patient with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. Prior to starting Close Concerns, Kelly worked in the financial sector, writing about medical technology companies, and worked at McKinsey & Company, where a majority of her work focused in the healthcare practice. Kelly is widely viewed as an expert on diabetes and obesity markets and as a frequent speaker on the public health implications of diabetes and obesity, she is a tireless supporter of patients. A longtime diabetes advocate, Kelly is on the board of directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute and was previously on the Executive Board of the SF Bay Area JDRF. Kelly is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her children Coco, Lola, and Valentino and husband John, with whom she runs Close Concerns.
Adam Brown started as a summer intern at diaTribe in 2010 and returned full time in 2011. He graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 pursuing concentrations in marketing and health care management & policy. Adam was a Joseph Wharton and Benjamin Franklin Scholar and completed his senior thesis on the motivational and financial factors associated with optimal diabetes control. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has worn an insulin pump for the last ten years and a CGM for the past three years. Most of Adam's writing for diaTribe focuses on diabetes technology, including blood glucose meters, CGMs, and insulin pumps. Adam is passionate about exercise, nutrition, and wellness and spends his free time outdoors and staying active.
Nancy Liu joined diaTribe in 2013 after graduating from Swarthmore College with a BA in Biology and receiving the Leo M. Leva Memorial Prize for showing unusual promise in the field of biology. During her summers, she has worked as a research intern at the Brill lab at Sick Kids Hospital studying the role of the PIP2 pathway in spermatogenesis, and at the Hockenbery lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she examined the metabolic flexibility of triple-negative breast cancer cell lines. Nancy is also particularly interested in issues in public health, and she spent a semester conducting an independent research project in India on health care access in rural communities. Outside of the classroom, she spent four years as the coordinator of the nonprofit Trash2Treasure, a community yard sale that aims to reduce waste while connecting the local community with college students, staff, and faculty.
Alexander J. Wolf
Alex Wolf joined diaTribe in 2014 after graduating cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in neuroscience. As an undergraduate student, Alex devoted much of his extra-curricular life to research and other health-related activities, including his Presidential Research Scholarship studying pancreatic cancer at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, his full-time research internship studying the neuromodulation of breathing at Case Western Reserve University, and his involvement in the Dartmouth Cancer Scholars Program. Additionally, Alex was very involved in sexual assault prevention at Dartmouth, directing Dartmouth's Mentors Against Violence and working as a coordinator at the Dartmouth Center for Gender and Student Engagement. Lastly, a hike enthusiast, Alex loved the Dartmouth Outing Club and served on the directorate of Dartmouth’s Freshman DOC Trips Orientation Program.