by Stephen Greene
In recent weeks I have attended, on behalf of ISPAD, meetings, symposia and workshops on diabetes in the young that have discussed topics ranging from cutting edge science, clinical strategies for improving clinical outcome, behavioural support approaches and delivering care in first world through to developing world countries. This breadth of activity reflects the responsibility of ISPAD and places a considerable obligation on our organisation to echo the views of the disparate fraternity of our membership.
We hope that our “three pillars” of Science, Education and Advocacy allows us to deliver for children, adolescents and their families and we are committed to keeping this broad approach. This could place the organisation in a difficult position. We could be accused, and indeed have been often even by some of our members in the past, in lacking focus. If we spread our remit too wide we may fail to produce effective change or influence. However, we are the only organisation that has this broad remit and we must rise to the challenge.
A key element is to promote the activities of ISPAD at all opportunities and to dispense excellence in all that we are involved in. I believe that we have a committed membership that strives to deliver for ISPAD. As we grow as a society we have to support the membership to take on the various activities with, not only financial support, but also educational resources and guidelines that promotes best practice.
The new website is leading the way for us and will take us on a new journey as we explore e-Learning, social media and “blogs” as well as a much more efficient society. Please engage with the website, use it and comment. We need your input to continue the changes necessary for any organisation to continue to improve.
We have initiated an “ISPAD Guidelines Review Committee” and an updated set of guidelines will be presented in the next 18 to 24 months. I was heartened at a recent large Pharmaceutical Symposium on Type 1 diabetes to find in an audience survey that the ISPAD Guidelines are used predominantly across the Paediatric world. This underlies the importance of the Society and the information we produce and the directions we set.
I have asked for comments on the web site for the “ISPAD Declaration of Kwa Zulu”. I plan to use this as the basis of what ISPAD currently stands for in producing the outcomes necessary to deliver best practice care. Please let me know of your comments on the Declaration. I will use the individual statements to discuss various issues and areas of concern in the coming ISPAD Newsletters leading up to announcing a final statement at the Gothenburg ISPAD Meeting.
The annual conference is progressing well thanks to the Local Organising Committee, under the direction of Ragnar Hanas and Gun Forsander. The scientific programme has excellence stamped all over it and Swedish hospitality will be second to none. Please start arranging your plans for the meeting now: abstract submission; early registration; travel grant applications; sponsorship. We are very much looking forward to meeting old and new friends and developing the Society for the future.
|Research Course for Physicians (Lodz, Poland, November 2012)
by Kenneth J. Robertson
The first Sanofi ISPAD Research Course for Physicians was held in Lodz, Poland on November 15-21 2012. Professor Wojciech Młynarski and his colleagues welcomed 16 students from 11 countries while the faculty comprised 7 lecturers from Poland, Marian Rewers, Tim Barrett and Kenneth Robertson representing ISPAD and Dragana Milo representing Sanofi Aventis.
The programme began with an excellent overview of the worth of Clinical Trials from the President of Diabetes Poland, Leszek Czupryniak and a welcome buffet.
>>> Click here to read the whole article about this event
|ISPAD Science Schools 2013
Information and Invitation
We are very pleased to announce that the programmes for the ISPAD Science Schools 2013 have been finalized and are now available to view on the ISPAD website. You can now apply for the Science School for Physicians as well as for the Science School for Health Professionals.
The ISPAD Science School for Physicians will be taking place in Sydney, Australia from July 22 - 26, 2013. The ISPAD Science School for Health Professionals will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 days prior to the ISPAD’s 39th Annual Conference.
If you would like to know more about the programmes planned, and if you would like to participate in one of the Science Schools in 2013, please go to our website and click on the link stated below. Do not miss the chance to be part of this year's Science School in Sydney or Gothenburg!
ISPAD Prizes and Fellowships
Announced by Carine de Beaufort
Very soon the registration for the annual ISPAD meeting will open. This is first of all, time for registration and abstract submission. But time is as well upon us to consider candidates for the 2013 ISPAD Prizes, made possible again by Eli Lilly and Company, LifeScan, Medtronic and NovoNordisk within their DAWNTM Youth Program. The deadline for applications and nominations is May 15th, 2013.
ISPAD Prize for Achievement, the Society’s highest honor
To be awarded to any individual who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of Science, Education and Advocacy with a major impact on childhood and adolescent diabetes. It may be awarded to members or non members.
ISPAD Lestradet Prize for Education and Advocacy
This prize will be given to honor an ISPAD member who has made an outstanding contribution to education and advocacy. The beneficiary will give a 30 minute talk entitled the LESTRADET LECTURE, on the topic of childhood diabetes. Candidates for these two prizes need to be nominated by ISPAD member(s).
ISPAD Young Investigator Award
Any ISPAD member of 40 or less years, can apply for this award. The applicant should include a paper, published in a peer reviewed paper within two years prior to application and a CV including all publications. The award includes giving a 15 minute talk on the current research including the award paper during the Young Investigator lecture at the annual meeting.
ISPAD Prize for Innovation in Pediatric Diabetes Care
This prize is for any professional, group or individual who has made a significant innovation in pediatric diabetes care. This prize puts a focus on diabetes in childhood by recognizing innovations to improve health and quality of care in children and young people. Only non commercial innovations will be considered for this prize.
Finally for those who would like to increase their knowledge and visit highly specialised centers, look at the options of the DRASH Research and Clinical fellowships! Identify the center competent in the field you want to develop, and
More details on these prizes are published on the ISPAD website. Deadline is May 15th, 2013. The selected candidates will be informed before July 1, 2013
Looking forward to your reactions, applications and comments! See you in Gothenburg October 2013!
|The Countdown is On!
ISPAD 2013 I Gothenburg, Sweden I October 16-19, 2013
In just less than one week’s time, you will have the fantastic opportunity to be one of the first people to register online for the 39th Annual Conference of ISPAD 2013! Please go to our conference website for more details.
|ISPAD Conference 2013 - Congratulations
Winners selected for free conference registration
|ISPAD Conference 2013 - Standard Travel Grants & Developing World Initiative Travel Grants
For ISPAD 2013 there are two different Travel Grants available to participants submitting abstracts. For more details, please see here.
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|Upcoming Events & Dates to remember
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