‘Inspirational’ speakers lined up for type 1 diabetes event

By Editor
14th March 2017
Type 1 diabetes

“Inspirational and empowering talks” about type 1 diabetes are to be shared at a new forum formed to raise awareness of the condition.

A series of guest speakers are set to appear at the second Talking About Diabetes (TAD) event, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Birbeck University in London.

It was organised by a team of diabetes consultants, including Dr Partha Kar, from Portsmouth Hospitals, Dr Catherine Peters from Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dr Peter Hindmarsh, of University College Hospital.

The free event will give attendees the chance to engage with several high profile speakers whose lives have been impacted by type 1 diabetes and hear first-hand, the challenges and successes they have experienced.

The organisers said: “The day is for anyone who wants to learn more about the achievements of others with type 1 and be confident that the condition is not a barrier to great success.”

Sky presenter  Steve Dixon, who has had type 1 for 25 years, will present at TAD. He is a keen advocate of self-management using the latest technologies.

Other highlights include talks from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who is NHS England’s Medical Director and the professional lead for NHS doctors, a BBC producer who blogs about having type 1 diabetes and Gavin Griffiths who, despite struggling with his diagnosis as a child, has gone onto completed more than 70 endurance fitness challenges to raise money for the condition.

The agenda will consist of six, 25 minute presentations with lunch provided at around midday. Each presentation will last for 15 minutes followed by a 10 minute question and answer session before the next presentation.

Last year more than 200 delegates attended the event, which held talks about delayed and missed diagnosis, the postcode lottery, peer support and education.

Registration prior to the event is required.

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