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Solvable Problems in Diabetes at ATTD 2024

Join us for a festive social gathering and enlightening panel discussion, moderated by Professor Tadej Battelino

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:15pm
(registration opens at 7:00pm)

Fortezza da Basso
Hall G (Arsenale)
Florence, Italy

This is a ticketed event to benefit the non-profit work of diaTribe. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for ATTD faculty and session presenters. (Use coupon code FACULTY at check out. Eligibility for complimentary tickets will be checked at door.)  Deeply discounted tickets are also available for all clinicians, researchers, and non-profit advocates without the need of a coupon code. Please contact Rachel Allen with questions. 


With the advancements in therapies, CGM and Time in Range, we find ourselves at a transformational moment in the care of people with diabetes. Esteemed women at the forefront of diabetes care, research, and advocacy, joined by Professor Tadej Battelino, will discuss the potential benefits of Time In TIGHT Range to improve the daily lives and long-term outcomes for people living with diabetes.  Panelists include Dr. Natalie Bellini (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA), Dr. Nataša Bratina (UCH, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Dr. Chiara Fabris (University of Virginia School of Medicine, USA), , and Dr. Helena Rodbard (Endocrine and Metabolic Consultants, USA).  

Join us for an evening of food, drink, exceptional networking and learning. 

If your company is an event sponsor (below), please email  Rachel Allen to learn if there might still be sponsor tickets available for your company. 



 Tadej Battelino, MD PhDUCH, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana 

Co-chair and organizer of ATTD, Tadej Battelino completed his medical degree at the University of Ljubljana in 1990. He completed a PhD focusing on glucose metabolism in neonatal endotoxic shock in 1996. He completed his clinical fellowship at Loyola University of Chicago, USA, and his postdoctoral fellowship at INSERM, Paris, France. Professor Battelino is currently Consultant and Head of Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, UMC Ljubljana, Head, Chair of Pediatrics, and Professor of Paediatrics at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. He is PI on several publicly funded research projects in the field of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism, and was awarded the Slovene national award for research in 2014, Gold medal for research at the University of Ljubljana in 2017, the ISPAD Achievement Award in 2020, and the Presidential Medal from Children with Diabetes society in 2022.

Professor Battelino serves on the editorial boards for the journals Diabetes Care, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Acta Diabetologica, and was Editor for the European Journal of Endocrinology from 2009 to 2015. He has authored or co-authored over 316 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and participated in chapters to several international books. He has a cumulative h index of 58. 

Professor Battelino is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), for which he served as President for the 35th Annual Congress. He served on the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) council and is co-organizer of fifteen annual meetings of the Advanced Technologies and Treatment of Diabetes - ATTD. He is an elected Honorary member of the Italian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology (SIEDP) and the Hellenic Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (EEPEE). Professor Battelino is a member of the Slovenian Medical Academy, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.



Natalie Bellini, DNP FNP-BC BC-ADM CDCES 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Endocrine Nurse Practitioner and Program Director Diabetes Technology,
University Hospitals Diabetes and Metabolic Care Center (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Dr. Bellini is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Endocrine Nurse Practitioner at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio where she is the Program Director of Diabetes Technology following approximately fifty-five thousand people with diabetes. Dr. Bellini earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Drexel University and Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice from D’Youville University. Dr. Bellini holds board certifications as a family nurse practitioner and in advanced diabetes management. She has published studies on topics including the use of GLP-1 agonists in patients with Type 1 diabetes as well as the use of technology in diabetes management. She has been a speaker nationally and internationally regarding diabetes management and the impact of technology on diabetes care and outcomes. 


Nataša Bratina, MD PhD
UCH, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Nataša Bratina is currently working at the University Children's Hospital (UCH) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has worked for almost 3 decades with children and adolescents having diabetes and has organized a summer camp for children with diabetes for more than 25 years. Education is her favorite field, and together with her medical team they developed a step by step education program from diagnosis on. For 15 years now, Slovenia's caregivers and teachers have been receiving education about diabetes so they can help the youngest children in a case of emergency. Every year more than 350 caregivers visit this program. In recent years, Dr. Bratina and UCH have focused on psychological support as well as a screening program for children over the age of 10 and their parents, to explore problems such as fear of hypoglycemia, eating disorders, etc., at an early phase.



Chiara Fabris, PhD
Assistant Professor, Center for Diabetes Technology
University of Virginia School of Medicine (Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) Dr. Chiara Fabris is a biomedical engineer by training and has been working on diabetes technology research for about 10 years. Dr. Fabris’s research interests are mainly dedicated to the design, implementation, and clinical testing of automated insulin delivery and decision support systems to benefit individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including algorithms for the real-time tracking of key metabolic variables, titration of insulin therapy, and optimization of insulin dosing.




Helena W. Rodbard, MD FACP MACE
Past President, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
Past President, American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
Founder and Medical Director, Endocrine and Metabolic Consultants

Helena W. Rodbard, MD is Past-President of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), and Past-President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). She is Co-Chairperson of the Committee that developed the 2009 AACE Diabetes Algorithms, and previously served as the Chairperson of the Task Force that developed the AACE Guidelines for management of patients with diabetes. She also has served as the Chair of the Publications Committee for AACE. Dr. Rodbard is a Master of the American College of Endocrinology (MACE) and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). She completed fellowships at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and in the Diabetes Branch of the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH. Dr. Rodbard has served on the faculties of Georgetown University Medical School and George Washington University Medical Center. She has served as a member of the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Dr. Rodbard has lectured extensively regarding diabetes and other endocrine disorders, both nationally and internationally.

Past Solvable Problems in Diabetes Events

October 4, 2023: The New Era for Optimizing Care in Type 2 Diabetes

February 24, 2023: The Future of Diabetes: Time in Range & CGM

September 20, 2022: The Renaissance in Diabetes Technology and Therapies: Opportunities Abound, Challenges Remain 

September 28, 2021: Translating Innovations in Weight Management into Meaningful Results (video link to watch)


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