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ISPAD NEWS No. V / June 2013
Dear ISPAD Members & Friends,

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

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


ISPAD Conference 2013 - Abstract Submission
Thank you to all abstract authors

We'd like to take this opportunity to express our personal gratitude to all abstract authors for submitting abstracts for ISPAD 2013.

All abstracts submitted will now go through a blind, peer-review process carried out by an international review panel. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers and the final selection of abstracts will be completed by members of the Abstract Review Committee.

Following the reviewing process, notifications will be sent out in mid-July.

Many thanks again, 
Gun Forsander & Ragnar Hanas (Conference Presidents), and the Abstract Reviewing Committee

>>>  For more information about ISPAD 2013, please click here

ISPAD Faces: Quickfire - Question & Answer
with Carine de Beaufort, Secretary General of ISPAD

How would you describe you job as Secretary General? So in short: What’s your daily business as a Secretary General?
Daily business as Secretary General is diverse and is mainly characterized by the fact that no day is the same. A large number of mails need reaction and there are the practical aspects around the prizes and fellowship announcements, new nominations for officers, post graduate courses, and how to get those in regions where they are most needed. It is a challenge but impressive and motivating to see how passionate colleagues manage to create care for children with diabetes worldwide

Do you like it?
Absolutely, it is fascinating to collaborate and learn what is going on around the world. To hear from local heroes setting up clinics sometimes with almost nothing and managing to get diabetes on the map at a national level. Recent success to be named is certainly what happens in Nigeria where insulin will be offered for free to children.

What is your personal vision for ISPAD?
Continue to structure the ongoing work, create even more transparency and larger involvement of all members. Stimulate exchange between different stakeholders around children with diabetes to ensure optimal outcome.

In just one sentence, please answer: Why are you an ISPAD Member and why would you recommend ISPAD delegates to join the society?
To exchange with colleagues in different healthcare professional fields, learn from others, and with others, share the best care models, and having a laugh and a cry together to improve the care for children and adolescents with diabetes, who will have this complex challenge every minute, day after day.
Report from the Jordan Meeting
by Stephen A. Greene

ISPAD was delighted to participate in a recent meeting in Amman, Jordan (May 13-16, 2013) hosted by the Jordanian Ministry of Health and the Jordanian Medical Association. The meeting and the programme constituted the 4th Congress of the Jordanian Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (JSED), 3rd Joint JSED-AACE Congress and 11th Pan Arab Congress of Endocrinology & Diabetes (PACED-11) and the 3rd Seminar of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).

In the two previous meetings that ISPAD contributed to, we had delivered a session on various aspects of diabetes in the young in a parallel session. At this meeting we were invited as joint hosts of the meeting and delivered a Plenary Symposium on “Diabetes Therapy” and “Diabetes Complications”. The programme was organised by Dr Abbas Qaddreh and Prof. Stephen Greene with six other ISPAD Members contributing to the symposium:

Management of the New Case (Stephen Greene-UK); The Targets of Type 1 Diabetes Therapy in Children and Adolescents (Christos Bartsocas-Greece); Education and Intensive Therapy (NataŠa Bratina-Slovenia); Behavioural Factors Influencing Glycaemia (Alan Delamater-USA); Vascular Complications (Carlo Acerini-UK); Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Abbas Qadreh-Greece); Hypoglycaemia (Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein-Greece); Communicating with Patients (Alexandra Greene-UK).

The programme was extremely well received and ISPAD will be part of future meetings in Jordan, a very popular venue for diabetologists and paediatricians across the whole of the Middle East Region.

Enormous thanks to Abbas Qaddreh who ran the ISPAD Programme with tremendous success and expertise.

ISPAD Conference 2013 - Volunteers 
ISPAD 2013 is seeking volunteers to support pediatric diabetes experts during the conference and also assist with the handling of logistical tasks, which are related to this international scientific conference. We are looking for volunteers to help out over the four day event, and in the days leading up to the Annual Conference.

For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to apply, please click here. Applications should be made by 26th July 2013.

Accepted volunteers who fulfil the minimum working requirements, one full day or a minimum of 2 shifts, will benefit from a free registration. Please kindly note that we cannot guarantee a volunteer place for all applicants.
What's your say?
Questionnaire on the topic of lipoatrophy

If you would like to particpate in the survey, but have not had the chance to do so yet, you can still take part! The questionnaire can be downloaded here in .xls format and should be sent back by email to Gun Forsander.

Your feedback on this topic and your support would be much appreciated as your answers will be relevant for a session at the upcoming ISPAD Conference in Gothenburg.

Thank you and we look forward to your comments.

PETCA/PETCWA Tutoring in Africa

For several years now, ISPAD has been one of the partners in the training of endocrine and diabetes fellows in Nairobi and Lagos in Africa. For these courses ISPAD and ESPE (European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology) tutors alternate with national colleagues. These courses are very valuable and allow time for teaching, leisure as well as learning on both sides. Tutors stay for around 2 weeks and economy travel, visa costs, vaccinations as well as housing are covered by an educational grant from the World Diabetes Foundation. 

As you can see tutoring is hard work, but also much fun and we are currently looking for tutors fo

Nairobi - March 2014 (exams in Nairobi) and November 2014
Lagos - February 2014, April 2014, February 2015, July 2015 and September 2015

If you’re interested, please send an email to:

Nairobi - Ragnar Hanas
Lagos - Carine de Beaufort

Tutors should be ISPAD members, having attended at least one ISPAD Annual Conference.

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 here.

Date: October 16-19, 2013
Gothenburg, Sweden

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

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

Click here for the ISPAD Event Calender
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