International Diabetes Alliance to meet in December

By Editor
2nd November 2016
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A global discussion on diabetes self-management and prevention will take place in Denmark in December.

The second annual conference of the Alliance for Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention will be staged in the centre of Copenhagen on December 1 and 2, with newcomers as well as previous participants invited.

The international summit titled Modern Approaches to Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention has been organised by the Leicester Diabetes Centre and the Steno Diabetes Center.

The international alliance was formed last year with a commitment to bring wholesale changes to diabetes self-management.

‘Modern approaches’

Leading figures in type 2 diabetes self-management from across the globe came together for the first conference at the Leicester Diabetes Centre in September 2015 to establish a vision for patient-centred care.

Professor Heather Daly, one of the organisers from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “This year we aim to cultivate the great potential for synergy across modern approaches to diabetes self-management and prevention and build on the success of the 2015 inaugural meeting.”

The aim of the meeting is to raise the profile of self-management and prevention by establishing a forum for developing new approaches in diabetes self-management and prevention as well as disseminating knowledge, challenges and needs in modern diabetes self-management and prevention.

A state-of-the-art position paper on the challenges of and recommendations for development and research will also be drafted.

The speakers will include Professor Melanie Davies, from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Professor Lawrence Fisher of University of California, Dr Natalia Piana based at the University of Perugia and Professor Bjarne Bruun Jensen, director of Steno Health Promotion Research at the Steno Diabetes Center.

Doctors, nurses, researchers and healthcare managers from America, Australia, Qatar, Denmark, Holland, Ireland and the UK attended the first event titled Supporting a Therapeutic Patient Alliance for Better Self-Management and Care in Diabetes Summit.

Ideas, thoughts and opinions on creating and supporting an international union to promote the field were exchanged, an agreement was made to work together and a pledge to make self-management programmes accessible worldwide.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in research, education and innovation, which is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester and led by Professor Kamlesh Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Melanie Davies CBE. It is located at Leicester General Hospital.

For queries about the 2016 event, please contact asha.george@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or bzrr@steno.dk.

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