AIU has some exciting plans!
Mark your calendars for April 25 – 28.
AIU’s 2019 conference will be held in Charlotte, NC. at the Uptown Embassy Suites.
Time: Registration starts at noon on Thursday. There will be informal networking opportunities before our first session at 1:30 p.m. The conference will end at noon on Sunday. Lunch is NOT included on Sunday.
Transportation: The hotel does not offer transportation from the airport to the hotel. Attendees may use Lyft, Uber, or taxis. We will be looking into shuttle service and will provide additional information at a later date if that becomes possible.
Parking: $28 per day at the hotel. Less expensive parking may be available Uptown Parking
- Lunch on Friday and Saturday
- Entry to all sessions
- Activities for students in middle & high school
There will be add on fees for child care or camp. (see more on our registration page coming soon)
- Our extended days will enable us to spread out the sessions and provide more opportunities for networking and socializing.
- On site child care for children 3 and up will be offered if there are at least 10 children who sign up. Cost for child care will $30 per child and will be offered only during sessions. You will not be charged unless we get 10 children signed up.
- Fundraising has begun and will continue until funds are raised to cover our cost.
- Travel stipends will be offered if fund raising goals are exceeded.
Still to come:
- Registration for the conference will start by October.
- Please wait to make your hotel reservations until we have our registration set up. Don’t worry rooms are set aside for us.
- We’re still booking speakers and will add them here.
How you can help
Join a committee! We will need help with planning, fundraising, collaboration, social media and more.
Kyle Gillett PhD, LMFT
Kyle received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kyle has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the last seventeen years. His career has focused on treating both boys and girls, with specialization in trauma, processing difficulties, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD and difficult family systems. Kyle is a founder of the Solstice family of programs—located in Layton, UT and Asheville, NC. He has served in many roles including Primary Therapist, Clinical Director, Admissions Director, Program Director, and Executive Director. He is thrilled to have founded Equinox with a group of wonderful partners, and once again serve in the role of Executive Director.
Mimi Kim, MD, MSc
Awards: The James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Individual Research Award (2015-2016); The Saban Research Institute Innovative Pilot Award (2012-2013). SC-CTSI KL2 Scholar (2011-2014); The Saban Research Institute & CHLA CRACDA Awardee (2009-2011); Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award (2009).
Larry Kurt Midyett MD
Dr. Midyett, attended the medical school at the University of Kansas and completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and his fellowship in pediatric endocrinology.
Larry Midyett is a friendly and warm pediatric endocrinologist, pediatrician, internist, and primary care doctor caring for the Overland Park Pediatric Specialty Group. Dr. Midyett obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He also completed his residencies in pediatrics and internal medicine at the same university and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Midyett is a part of Overland Park Pediatric Specialty Group. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and specializes in pediatric endocrinology. His clinical interests include pediatric endocrine disorders, diabetes, intensive insulin therapy and diabetes technology, helping pediatric patients transition to adult care, growth disorders, turner syndrome. He has treated and managed a diverse range of medical dysfunctions and is committed to providing the best comprehensive medical care available.
Dr. Lynnette Nieman
Dr. Nieman is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Endocrinology Consultation Service at the NIH Clinical Center. She has been with NIH since 1982. Dr. Nieman is uniquely experienced in the practice of clinical investigation. From 1991 to 2001 she served as the Clinical Director of intramural NICHD, overseeing the clinical care of the institute’s patients and ensuring compliance with regulations regarding human subjects research. Dr. Nieman is also an active clinical investigator, with special expertise in disorders of hypercortisolism, having seen more than 1000 patients with Cushing’s syndrome at the NIH. The Endocrine Society recognized this expertise by asking her to chair a task force to develop guidelines on the diagnosis of Cushing’s syndrome. She is the author or co-author of more than 225 publications and has sponsored three investigational new drug applications to the FDA, one of which has been licensed in the US. She is the author of cards on Cushing’s syndrome in the well-acclaimed resource, UpToDate, and she is a co-editor of the Adrenal Section. Dr. Nieman has been recognized for her expertise in a variety of ways: she received the NIH Director’s Award, the NIH Clinical Teacher of the Year Award ,and the Endocrine Society’s Distinguished Physician award. She is the past Vice President for Clinical Science of the Endocrine Society and was the Chair for the 2012 annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.
Eliza B. Geer, MD
Dr. Geer is an endocrinologist who specializes in caring for people with pituitary and neuroendocrine diseases. She is the Medical Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Multidisciplinary Pituitary & Skull Base Tumor Center, located at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. At this center, experts from many areas — including neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, endocrinology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology — work together to offer comprehensive care for people with pituitary and skull base tumors, in order to improve and advance the care of people with these conditions.
Her research interests focus on achieving a better understanding of how pituitary tumors develop, and characterizing long-term outcomes in patients with Cushing’s disease. She has conducted a number of studies investigating body composition, adipose tissue regulation, and appetite in patients with Cushing’s disease, and is involved in clinical trials investigating new medical therapies for patients with Cushing’s and acromegaly.
She completed her internship and residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center, and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Icahn School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Medical Center. As part of her academic career, she spent 10 years as a faculty member at the Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is currently an associate professor of medicine and an active member of the Endocrine Society, the Pituitary Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Deanna has coached fitness enthusiasts, runners, swimmers and triathletes since 2005. She has a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Management with a research fellowship in Sports Nutrition. She is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach, Certified Functional Strength Coach, US Master’s Level 3 swim coach, and principal of Athletic Pursuits LLC.
Deanna helps adults with personalized coaching and training for general fitness and for special events like triathlons, marathons and anything her athletes dream up. She is a presenter at Harvard University Medical School for their endocrine clinics and homeostasis lectures. She also presents for clubs, hospitals and symposiums on the science and art of training and coaching. She is a regular contributor to USA Triathlon’s e-newsletter and blogs about training and living with autoimmune diseases.
Deanna puts enjoyment first with her personal athletic pursuits and always focuses on what she can do. She has participated in many triathlons, running races and ran two marathons before her Addison’s diagnosis in 2011. Since being diagnosed with Addison’s she has qualified for USA Triathlon’s Age Group Olympic Distance National Championships three times. She competed twice and took 9 minutes off her time on the course. She also completed the Boston Marathon in 2016.
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