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Dr. Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill transitioned to a career in diabetes care, education, and research in 2008, and since that time has committed her professional life to improving the lives of people with diabetes. She currently serves as director, community screening and clinical trials education at JDRF and is the founder and board chair of a Florida based diabetes education non-profit, Diabetes Toolkit. Albanese-O’Neill formerly served as director of diabetes education and clinic operations in the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida, where she maintained an active research portfolio and clinical practice. As a faculty clinician scientist at UF, she was the site principal investigator on multisite studies including FLAIR, SENCE, and the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative. Her research on diabetes education, quality improvement, and diabetes technology has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Diabetes Care, The Lancet, and Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. She has broad public speaking experience, and has given over 100 invited presentations at local, state, national and international conferences and corporate events. Albanese-O’Neill has been a passionate diabetes advocate since 2002, and in this capacity has appeared at congressional hearings, the White House, and in the Florida legislature. Prior to working in diabetes care, Albanese-O’Neill was the highest-ranking executive for Southwest Airlines in southern California, where she oversaw the company’s local marketing, public affairs, and community and media relations. Albanese-O’Neill was chosen as the 2023 Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year by ADCES and a 2018 “Person to Know in Diabetes” by Diabetes Forecast. She plans to retire as soon as a cure for type 1 diabetes is discovered, but not a moment earlier.