Senior specialists from Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) are set to lead the way at one of the regions’ largest gatherings of healthcare professionals.
The second Middle East Diabetes Conference on January 27 and 28 runs alongside Arab Health 2014 and takes its place among 19 specialist conferences accredited by HAAD for Continuing Medical Education (CME).
Karim Meeran Chairman of ICLDC’s Medical Board and Professor of Endocrinology, Imperial College London, noted, “The conference will have an important focus on the region. We know that the Middle East is particularly affected by diabetes and its related complications and recent figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) confirm this. So its vital that subjects covered in this important meeting, like dealing with diabetes during Ramadan, are specifically geared towards the region.”
Recently released figures from the IDF estimate that 18.98% of the UAE population lives with diabetes, placing the country 15th worldwide. The figures also suggest diabetes is a regional problem with three GCC nations featuring in the top ten countries for diabetes prevalence. The two-day programme will inform GPs, Family Physicians and those dealing with diabetes patients on the best practices for managing diabetes.
There will also be up-to-date talks looking at trends such as bariatric surgery as a treatment and insulin pump treatment. The Middle East Diabetes Conference is one of several major events being led by ICLDC specialists this year. In fact, the second Clinical Update from the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE), in collaboration with ICLDC, was held earlier this month and featured more than 15 international expert sessions.
Meanwhile the Middle East Diabetes Conference gets underway the day after a group of doctors complete the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) part 1 at ICLDC’s Abu Dhabi facility. Further educational events include the Advanced Diabetes Conference on Sept 26th and 27th this year and a further European Endocrinology Clinical Update on January 16th and 17th 2015.
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