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ISPAD NEWS No. VII / August 2013
Dear ISPAD Members & Friends,

It's time for a new issue of your ISPAD NEWS to provide you with an update on current ISPAD activities

If you would like to comment on any of the newsletter articles, or to suggest possible future topics, please send us an email or get in touch with us through the ISPAD website. Your feedback is much appreciated!


ISPAD 2013 - Conference Deadlines

With September fast approaching, we would like to remind you about the next key, upcoming conference deadlines.
For further information, please click on the highlighted texts below.

Standard Registration Closing Date
September 4, 2013

Standard Registration for Recognition Dinner Closing Date

September 4, 2013

Pre-Registration Deadline*
October 11, 2013

*After the pre-registration deadline, registrations are only possible on-site and will be subjected to an on-site handling fee of 50 EUR. For any registration payments made after October 11, 2013 an additional 50 EUR will be charged.

ISPAD - Nominations for Office

Do you want to contribute more to ISPAD?

Elections for the following positions are due in 2013:

For 2013-2015 - ISPAD Advisory Council Members (4 positions available)
For 2014-2016 - ISPAD President and ISPAD Secretary General

Nominations can be submitted to the Secretary General until August 31, 2013.

For more information click here or contact us!
ISPAD President Report
Pediatric Diabetes Symposium in Cairo

As President of ISPAD, I was honored and privileged for our Society to be invited to participate in a one-day Postgraduate Seminar in Paediatric Diabetes organised by the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ESPED), in April 2013, in Cairo.

The meeting was conceived and delivered locally by Mona Salem (Organiser of the Seminar, Professor of Pediatrics, Ain Shams University, Cairo and Vice President of ESPED) and Professor Isis Ghaly (Diabetes and Endocrine Unit, Kasr AlAiny, Cairo University and current ESPED President) and the meeting coordinated by Professor Mona M. Hassan, Kasr AlAiny School Medicine, Cairo University). The ISPAD Faculty was Klemens Raile (Consultant Pediatrician, Head of Molecular Diabetes Research Group, Berlin, Germany), Dr Alexandra Greene (Senior Research Fellow, Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Dundee), Gun Forsander (Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Diabetes, Children's Hospital, Sahlgrenska/Ostra University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden) and Stephen Greene (Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and current President of the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK).

The Seminar covered several topics relating to issues of concern for managing children with diabetes in Egypt and the Middle East: Service Provision and Guidance for Care; Hypoglycemia; Pumps and Sensors; Genetics of Diabetes; Patient Communication and Health Education. Throughout the Symposium the topics were illustrated by a series of case presentations given by local paediatric Diabetologists: Ashraf Al-Sharkawy (Assist. Prof. of Pediatrics, Mansura University); Nancy El-Barbary (Assist. Prof. of Pediatrics, Ain-Shams University); Noha Musa (Lecturer of Pediatrics, Diabetes Endocrine and Metabolism Pediatric Unit, Cairo University). The issues produced a vigorous and healthy debate from the audience and several matters were discussed in detail.

Indeed, it was this passion and interest shown by all concerned that left a lasting mark and gave hope and optimism that children and young people with diabetes are being served hugely well by all of the doctors and medical professionals in the country. This is despite the major political and social issues that are currently disrupting the Egyptian Society. Relatively speaking, during the symposium the civil unrest was limited and there was a hope that Health Services would develop under a new political regime. Since the Symposium, sadly the concerns and unrest have returned and major conflict has resumed but undoubtedly the representatives that we met in Cairo are continuing to work as hard to manage and support families with diabetes.

Professor Mona Salem and her dedicated colleagues are to be congratulated on the tremendous efforts and sacrifices they are making on behalf of diabetes in the young. Her work in the most difficult of situations over the years and the admiration and enthusiasm that she has instilled in her colleagues and trainees has been recognised by the award of the ISPAD 2013 Lestradet Prize. I will be an honor for me to present this personally on behalf of ISPAD to Mona in Gothenburg.

It is hoped that a solution to the political situation in Egypt and other Middle East countries materialises soon and that ISPAD can continue to support organisations such as ESPED in the Middle East. The Egyptian medical professionals are to be admired and applauded in their struggles and are setting a benchmark across the Arab world.

14th Annual ISPAD Research School for Physicians

A very successful Science School was organised by Maria Craig and her team in Australia. Twenty fellows from different countries participated in the interactive program. For more details click here.

It will be a difficult act to follow but the planning for 15th Research School is already ongoing . Please note the dates!

We invite pediatric endocrinology/diabetes fellows and early pediatric endocrinology/diabetes faculty from around the globe to attend the 14th Annual ISPAD Research School for Physicians, sponsored by Sanofi Aventis.

The Research School will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, April 7-11, 2014. Lori Laffel MD MPH will convene the meeting, which will take place at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Being an ISPAD member is a core requirement; members who have previously attended an ISPAD Science School for Physicians are not eligible to apply.

The program is aimed at fellows or junior faculty in pediatric diabetes whose training and/or career development includes research. The course will enable attendees to enhance their knowledge in the principles of research methodology, including basic/laboratory and clinical/translational approaches used in diabetes-related research. The 4½ day program will consist of lectures on study design, statistical analysis and presentation of research findings; as well plenary lectures by experts in key areas of basic/clinical diabetes research.

Applications will be due November 15, 2013; applicants will be notified by January 17, 2014.

ISPAD/CCP/CARES/IDF Paediatric Diabetes Course
The 3rd Paediatric Diabetic Course in the Caribbean Region

As a joint effort of ISPAD, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the Caribbean College of Paediatricians (CCP), the Caribbean Endocrine Society (CARES) and Diabetes Association of Trinidad &Tobago (DATT) the third Caribbean two day work shop was organised in Port of Spain.

Between 86 and 102 participants (medical and healthcare professionals) from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago attended this meeting, which was organised once again by Shelly McFarlane and generously supported by a grant of Roche.

More details on this meeting can b
e found on the website.

Upcoming Events & Dates to remember

ISPAD Science School
for Healthcare Professionals 2013
39th Annual Conference of ISPAD

Date: October 13-15, 2013
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

For detailed information about the program and contact person please click

Date: October 16-19, 2013
Gothenburg, Sweden

More details about program, speakers, registration and the entire conference background, can be found

ISPAD Annual Events Calendar
These events and more can also be found in the ISPAD event calendar on the ISPAD website.

here for the ISPAD Event Calender
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