Available to stream: March 28, 2023 12:00 am - April 28, 2023 11:59 pm PST

Curing Diabetes: The Human Trial

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Presented by the All of Us Research Program and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
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Free On-Demand Film Screening
March 28th to April 28th
Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, and French 

Enter invitation code THT-NNLM to register 

Join the All of Us Research Program, Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us Program Center, community-based organizations, and libraries across the US for a screening of the 2022 documentary film, The Human Trial available until April 28, 2023.

Explore the passion and sacrifice behind medical breakthroughs. 

This documentary tells the story of patients with type 1 diabetes and the clinical journey to find a cure.


Virtual Panel Discussion
Recording from April 4, 2023 (Duration: 1 hour)
ASL Interpretation
Closed Captioning: English 

In partnership with the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)  

After watching the film, listen to a thought-provoking conversation that coincides with the film on the research-patient paradigm and the importance of diverse participation in clinical research.  


-Lisa Hepner, Director/Writer of The Human Trial, whose own Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) diagnosis fuels her search for a cure. 

-Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 

-Kristy Birchard, Director of Canary Advisors who shares her own experiences with T1D as a patient, a patient advocate, educator and decentralized clinical trial professional 

-and Moderator: Karl Cooper, the Director of Public Health Programs at the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)  


This event is in collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, which is inviting one million or more people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history. Researchers will use this data to learn how our biology, lifestyle, and environment affect health to help personalize medicine in the future. Learn more about this historic program at joinallofus.org/nlm. 


This event is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number U24LM014070 with the University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. 

In 2011, Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that shockingly kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes (T1D), the filmmakers were given unprecedented, real-time access to a clinical trial — only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. What follows is an intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to be first.

The Human Trial peels back the headlines to show the sweat, passion and sacrifice poured into every medical breakthrough. It interweaves the stories of the patients — who have borne the physical and financial burdens of type 1 diabetes (T1D) — with the researchers who epitomize the struggle of innovating cures. Director Lisa Hepner — whose own T1D fuels her search for a cure — becomes the bridge between these two worlds, The narrative arc is the clinical trial itself.

For seven years, Lisa and Guy embedded themselves with a biotech company in San Diego. They filmed the researchers’ triumphs and failures in the lab, following them from Tokyo to Riyadh as they raised money to keep their trial going. At the same time, the husband/wife team followed two patients, the self-described “guinea pigs” at the University of Minnesota. Combining these two points of view, the filmmakers reveal the emotional and physical rollercoaster that scientists and patients go through as they travel along the road to a cure for disease.

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