Lay Review Committee

Great science isn’t enough. The Lay Review Committee (LRC) helps translate complex, jargon-heavy scientific descriptions into engaging, easy-to-understand website presentations.

The LRC is comprised of people affected by type 1 diabetes.

Members of this group know some of the science behind this disease, having educated themselves once confronted with T1D. Our invaluable team simplifies the science so that everyone can understand the purpose and goal of the project to be funded.

This core committee works with the researcher to help create a presentation once the Scientific Review Committee approves the project. Committee members have an understanding of scientific concepts that are commonly used in discussions of T1D. The time commitment is approximately 6 hours every 6 months.

If you are interested in serving on the LRC, please


Amy Adams

Amy’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 5. Amy served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for 6 years, served on JDRF’s Chicago Chapter’s Gala, and Walk organizing committees for about 10 years, and is currently a sustaining board member of JDRF.

She also served on the Board of Friends United (a diabetes fundraising organization) for about 3 years and was a contributing writer to Insulin Free Times.

Barbara Donnell

Barbara’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001. Since then, she has been an avid fundraiser and advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), serving in the capacity of major gifts, chair, board member, walk team captain, and creator of “Meet the Scientists.”

She is currently a JDRF Research Information Volunteer.

Bob King

Bob’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 32. Diabetes Research Connection is his first affiliation.

Margery Perry

Margery has a daughter with type 1 diabetes. Margery is on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Diseases (NIDDK) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Brianna Wolin

Brianna has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 21 years. Her passion, energy and optimism for overcoming the challenges of living with and curing Type 1 diabetes are extraordinary and are matched by her drive and intelligence. She is currently pursuing a double graduate degree, one at Northwestern University in Prosthetics and Orthotics and one at Johns Hopkins in Applied Biomedical Engineering.

While in college, Brianna started an award-winning food blog called “A Different Survival Guide,” which grew out of the challenge of her desire to maintain a low carb, gluten-free diet that wasn’t available in her dorm. She also founded a healthcare technology startup that focused on in-person peer support for chronic illness patients and psychosocial health tracking for their providers. In pitching her business, she had to maintain the integrity of the science-backed concept while translating the possibilities into easily understandable lay language for an often-non-healthcare audience—perfect training for the Lay Review Committee.

Andrew Hinton

Andrew has been a researcher for the last 12 years at UCSD in the fields of stem cell biology and pancreatic development. His research focuses on molecular mechanisms involved in the formation of insulin producing beta cells.

Andrew is a part of the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD, more specifically located at the Whittier Institute for several years, and currently at the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center.