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Science, Hope and Clinical Reality: How close are we to a cure for diabetes?

November 16 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm








Join us for lunch on November 16 to hear speaker, Lisa Hepner, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, speaking about the search for a cure for diabetes.  The event takes place at the Hotel Grand Pacific.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Click here to purchase a ticket

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Canadian doctor Frederick Banting.  Lisa’s presentation, “Science, Hope and Clinical Reality:  How close are we to a cure for diabetes?” will describe what it takes to push medical innovation forward.

Each year, more than 4 million people die from diabetes, waiting for that cure.  Lisa spent a decade making a film about this quest to end this invisible yet life-threatening disease.  This work gave her a window into the passion and sacrifice poured into breakthrough research, she says

Lisa and her cinematographer husband, Guy Mossman, started following a small biotech company in San Diego in 2014.   They were given real-time access to the bio-tech firm’s ground-breaking stem cell trial – only the sixth ever in the world.   The resulting documentary, ‘THE HUMAN TRIAL’, is an intimate journey with the scientists and patients who are putting their lives on the line to be first.  Lisa – whose own Type 1 diabetes fuels the search for a cure – becomes the bridge between these two worlds, painting an emotional portrait of the power of science to transform patient hope into reality.

Lisa and Guy run LA-based Vox Pop Films, a production company specializing in non-fiction content and commercials.  Over the last 25 years, Lisa has produced a variety of films and programs for Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, A&E, PBS, CBC and others.  In 2003, she co-directed the feature documentary, ‘WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINES’.  Shot in Afghanistan, Argentina, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the US, the documentary profiles the unheralded work of women peacebuilders.  The film premiered at the UN in 2003 and aired on PBS in 2004.  Lisa has lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years and vividly remembers her esteemed professor at the University of Toronto, Michael Bliss, explaining the complicated story behind the discovery of insulin.


November 16
11:45 am - 2:00 pm