With respective experience in diabetes and design, Divya and Urvi are collaborating to create a unique challenge they hope will push the needle forward in diabetes innovation. With experienced mentors from the Human Biology Department, the Stanford Diabetes Research Center, the diaTribe Foundation, IDEO, and Medicine X, Divya and Urvi are thrilled to lead this initiative.
Urvi is a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology with a concentration in behavior change and design thinking. She is passionate about creating spaces for empathy and collaboration within health and improving patient experiences in whichever way she can. She is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with a variety of amazing mentors who share her deep rooted belief in patient-first ideology from the d.school, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Medicine X. Urvi is excited and humbled to be spreading her passion for patient empowerment through Disrupt Diabetes and to continue to learn from all the incredible people who decide to join her on this journey!
Divya is a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology with a focus in Pediatric Public Health. She is pursuing an MD-MPH, planning to have a clinical practice (in endocrinology, perhaps!) enriched by health promotion, epidemiology, and intervention development skills. Divya has worked in the diabetes space for the last three years in a variety of roles, including clinical research, patient advocacy, and education. In the field, she is inspired by the enormous amount of determination of patients, caregivers, and physicians. Divya's desire to empower patients helps drive Disrupt Diabetes forward with energy and ambition. Through this initiative, she is excited to grow as a designer, thinker, leader, and future medical professional!
Panos is a freshman at Stanford University studying Biology with a minor in Comparative Literature. He is deeply interested in basic research on pancreatic development and the pathogenesis of diabetes. He is also passionate about contributing to the transformation of medicine into a patient-centered, design-oriented endeavor that achieves progress through collaboration, all the while maintaining its humanistic dimensions. Drawing from his experiences conducting research at Stanford’s medical school and planning initiatives with on-campus groups such as Frosh Council and Stanford Premedical Association, he is excited to help bring together patients, designers, and students and help make Disrupt Diabetes a reality!
Graphic design and branding
Gloria is a product designer at Dropbox, helping bring delight to Dropbox for Business teams. She’s excited about tackling wicked systemic challenges through a design and technology lens, be it in the field of education, women’s health or diversity & inclusion. Her previous work with IDEO CoLab, the Stanford d.school, and the US State Department has informed her empathy-driven approach toward design.
We are advised by amazing mentors from the following organizations.
Stanford Diabetes Research Center
The mission of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center is to support basic and clinical research to discover, apply and translate science about diabetes and its complications, to improve health and wellness. To advance this mission, the SDRC provides resources to support Research Cores, runs a Pilot and Feasibility Award Program to foster innovative diabetes research by Stanford investigators, and supports Enrichment Programs focused on diabetes research, education and care. The SDRC promotes the teaching and training goals of Stanford University by training the next generation of investigators and leaders of diabetes research and care.
Stanford Medicine X
Stanford Medicine X is a multifaceted program that represents a new way of solving health care’s most pressing problems. Sown in the fertile soil of Stanford University’s rich academic resources; germinated at the grassroots level by passionate, imaginative people; nurtured in the high-energy, risk-taking environment of Silicon Valley, Medicine X is an innovative way of re-imagining digital health, medical education, clinical research, new health care venture formation, and more.
The Diatribe Foundation
The diaTribe Foundation's core programs each make a different and important impact on the diabetes community. diaTribe aims to help individuals and caregivers better understand diabetes and to make healthy choices. Engaging with policy makers, industry leaders, providers, and the public, the diaTribe Foundation advocates for patients, making their voice heard. They elevate the national conversation on diabetes and connect leaders in the field.
IDEO is a global design company committed to creating positive impact. From designing the first manufacturable mouse for Apple to advancing the practice of human-centered design, IDEO has long been at the forefront of creating change through design. As pioneers of human-centered design, IDEO keeps people at the center of their work. It's a key tenet of design thinking, and even as their methods evolve in response to new, complex challenges - they are always designing solutions for people first. They are building to learn, and learning as they build, through inspiration, ideation, and implementation.