At the hospital we went to, scientists gave a little symposium about this big project and
other facets of it, and
about the state of diabetes research in general. I found this, and
participation in the study, to be useful, in part because it put us in touch with some people doing cutting-edge work, it put us on their mailing lists, it put us on the list of people they'll contact for future studies, etc. It's a foot in the door.