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Diatribe – Kelly Close and Adam Brown

Diatribe – Kelly Close and Adam Brown

diaTribe is a program of The diaTribe Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes and advocating for action (learn more here). Here at diaTribe, we are passionate about diabetes – understanding it, writing about it, not to mention managing it. Many of us have it, some since we were children.

Diabetes is a large and complicated field – from sprawling clinics to prestigious academic centers, from multinational pharmaceutical companies to remote research labs. It is filled with exciting breakthroughs and heartbreaking disappointments, but ultimately it’s about patients like you and me who want to live long, healthy lives.

That’s why we started diaTribe.* Our mission is to leverage our knowledge and experience to give our readers information and insights that can improve their diabetes management and ultimately, their long-term outcomes. In short, we aim to make them smarter to help them live the life they want.

Each year, our team travels all over the world to gather the latest information on diabetes and obesity; we have access to America’s leading diabetes and obesity researchers and clinicians, we attend all the conferences, and we’ve developed unmatched expertise in the coverage of this disease area.

Unlike other newsletters, diaTribe is not just straight reporting, and it is not for everyone. As the name suggests, we have an opinion. We might rant, we might rave, we might lament or celebrate, but we will always inform and enlighten. We hope to reach that tribe of readers who are smart about diabetes, who believe in intensive management, and who are eager to learn more for themselves, perhaps, or a loved one.

Kelly L. Close

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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. Since 2006, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe, our free newsletter focused on making people with diabetes healthier and happier and advocating for action. She has also run Close Concerns since 2002, a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. 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

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Adam Brown joined diaTribe in 2010 as a Summer Associate, became Managing Editor in 2011, and now serves as Senior Editor. Adam brings nearly 15 years of experience with type 1 diabetes to all of his work at diaTribe, especially in testing out new technology like glucose meters, CGMs, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery, and mobile apps. Adam also writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, Adams Corner, which focuses on actionable tips for living well with diabetes. Through his work at Close Concerns and diaTribe, Adam has brought a patient perspective to numerous venues, including FDA meetings, scientific and industry conferences, and patient events. Adam graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 pursuing concentrations in marketing and health care management & policy. He is passionate about exercise, nutrition, psychology, and wellness, and spends his free time cycling in San Francisco.

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