The combined ADS and ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting will focus on special groups of patients with diabetes in an ‘extensive and exciting program’ that highlights the heterogeneity of the disease.
ADS CEO Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos told the limbic the meeting would encompass the range of diabetes including and beyond the “classical” patient who was middle-aged with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
“For example, our joint ADS ADEA Indigenous Health session will look at diabetes and its management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”
“We are also very privileged to have a cohort of endocrinologists from China attending our program and are looking to learn from them as the Asian phenotype is slightly different to the Caucasian patient with diabetes.”
“We know that Asian patients can get diabetes even though they have a normal body weight and there is some evidence they respond better to the incretin class of diabetic medications.”
Associate Professor Andrikopoulos said the meeting would also include a session on one of the most difficult patient groups to manage – adolescents.
“Diabetes in childhood and again in adults are the easiest groups to manage but the transition period in terms of social development, puberty, schooling and independence can be extremely challenging.”
One of the featured international speakers is Professor Andrew Hattersley, from the University of Exeter, who is world renowned for his understanding of the genetic mutations associated with some forms of diabetes.
Professor Hattersley will present in a Meet the Expert format (Wed, 1.15pm), a genetics of diabetes symposium (Thurs, 3.30pm) and a plenary lecture on precision diabetes (Fri, 11.30am).
Recipient of the ADS Kellion Award, Professor Mark Febbraio will deliver the ADS Kellion Plenary Lecture (Thurs, 11am) followed by the recipient of the ADS Ranji and Amara Wikramanayake Clinical Diabetes Research Award, Professor Jerry Greenfield (Thurs, 11.45am).
The Limbic will be reporting from the ASM in Perth. Follow our coverage online and on Twitter at #adsadea2017.
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