International Diabetes Experts Meet in Munich

In the next few days, Munich will be the focal point of diabetes research. From September 11-20, 2016 a series of events will take place for an expected 20,000 leading researchers and diabetologists. The experts can exchange ideas at the largest diabetes conference of the EASD, the DZD Diabetes Research School and the Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference. Information for interested lay people and people with diabetes and their families is available at the DiabetesMARKT, at Diabetes Patients’ Day or during the telephone campaign of the newspaper "Münchner Merkur".

One objective of the series of events is to create a stronger international network for research. “In the various meetings and conferences in Munich, experts from around the world have the opportunity to exchange their current research results and approaches to treatment,” said Professor Martin Hrabě de Angelis, member of the Executive Board of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). This is extremely important because more and more people in the world are developing diabetes. Already today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO ), about 400 million people are affected by the disease – and the incidence is rising. WHO estimates that by 2030 diabetes will be one of the seven leading causes of death.
The DZD Diabetes Research School in Freising (September 11-12) will be the first event in the series. Starting on Sunday, about 80 young scientists will inform themselves about the current status of research and present their own results. On Monday, the world’s largest diabetes conference will begin, the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). The Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference (September 18-20) will bring together internationally renowned metabolism experts. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen the Meeting of the Islet Study Group of the EASD 2016 will focus on new findings concerning the insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells.

Information for patients and the interested public
Another goal of the series of events in Munich is to better inform patients and lay people about the metabolic disease and its prevention. On September 14th, the DZD, the German Diabetes Foundation (DDS) and the Diabetes Information Service of Helmholtz Zentrum München will host a DiabetesMARKT at Odeonsplatz in Munich under the patronage of the Bavarian Health Minister Melanie Huml. Experts at the stand of the DZD and the Diabetes Information Service will present the latest findings of research on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, provide information about various treatment options, and answer questions. Interested visitors can test their diabetes risk by filling out a questionnaire.
The subject of diabetes is also the focus of a telephone campaign held by the newspaper Münchner Merkur on Friday, September 16th. From 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, four diabetes experts will answer questions concerning the metabolic disease and various options for treatment. Interested individuals can ask questions about diabetes to Professor Andreas Fritsche, Professor Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Professor Rüdiger Landgraf and Dr. Katharina Warncke.
At Diabetes Patient’s Day held at Klinikum rechts der Isar on Saturday, September 17th, experts will report on new treatment concepts and technologies, approaches for regenerative therapies, and possibilities of early detection and prevention through lifestyle changes (including a healthy diet and physical exercise). Patients’ Day is organized by the Diabetes Information Service.

Overview of the upcoming events:

11. - 12.09.2016: DZD Diabetes Research School, Freising near Munich
12. - 16.09.2016: EASD Jahrestagung, ICM Messe, Munich
14.09.2016: DiabetesMARKT, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Odeonsplatz, Munich
16. 09. 2016: Telephone campaign of the Münchner Merkur with diabetes experts from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm 
17.09.2016: Diabetes Patient's Day, 10 am to 3 pm, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich
16. - 18.09.2016: Islet Study Group Meeting der EASD 2016, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
18. - 20.09 2016: Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference, Lenbach Palais, Munich

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The participating institutions:
German Diabetes Foundation (DDS)
German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD)
Helmholtz Zentrum München