Diabetes summit to look at more ways to prevent diabetes

by Sarita Sheth on August 13, 2012

Summit to be hosted by Joslin Diabetes Center

Diabetes experts from around the world will meet in the United States next month to discuss how to create innovative ways forward to treat and prevent diabetes.

The summit, Diabetes Innovation 2012 in Arlington Virginia is being hosted by the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

‘Simply put, we must forge new approaches and dramatically increase our sense of urgency to address diabetes head on. Despite all of our collective efforts, we are not keeping up with the global threats presented by obesity and diabetes,’ said John Brooks, chief executive officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

‘To effectively make a real difference, we need to convene, apply our collective energies, and work together, to truly create innovative policies and programmes that will involve all stakeholders and that will make a real difference. This world wide pandemic will not be solved until all of us use our combined resources, commitment, determination, and passion to map out an aggressive and meaningful path forward,’ he explained.

The aim it so produce ideas for a sustained advancement in all facets of diabetes prevention, treatment and payment reforms including social media and gaming, translational research breakthroughs, food sourcing, distribution to mobile patient technologies and everything in between.

‘Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. We need more preventive programmes that help improve individuals’ health and sustain behaviour change,’ said Donald Berwick, former president of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and senior advisor to the summit.

‘When consumers make better choices about diet, exercise and smoking, potentially disastrous outcomes like diabetes and heart disease can be avoided. We need to innovate processes, tools and incentives towards prevention for consumers and all stakeholders,’ he added.

Diabetes Innovation 2012 features leaders and innovators from all sectors, and will include innovations in prevention, delivery and adherence as well as innovations in process and policy. Among over 80 faculty, and hundreds of audience members, from industry and the payer, provider and purchaser community and academia, leaders from many of the most important government agencies will be on hand to encourage open dialogue and collaboration to speed system improvements.

‘At Sanofi, we know innovation is the key to fostering accelerated improvements. We are pleased to provide opportunities that stimulate innovation not only in products, but also in other solutions,’ said Dennis Urbaniak, vice president and head of US Diabetes at Sanofi US.

‘Our very successful pilot of this convening event that we held in Washington DC last July, convinced us that there is a tremendous amount of interest and enthusiasm for expanding this programme. If you really want to shape the future direction of diabetes, covering the entire spectrum of care, education, technology, prevention as well as the landscape of diabetes complications, co-morbidities, and related health conditions, you should sign up now so your voice can be heard,’ he explained.

Joslin Diabetes Center is one of the world’s leading diabetes research, clinical care and education. It aims to ensure that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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