EURADIA Newsletter

March 2017


As Spring approaches, welcome to our first newsletter of the year. Our big news is that we are delighted to introduce our new Chair and Board of Trustees, you can read about them recently re-launched EURADIA website. We would like to say a huge thank you to Professor Michael Stumvoll who has been our Chair since 2013. We hope that you like the design, but most importantly the content, which consists of news about EURADIA's activites and advocacy work, along with that of our partners and other stakeholders. EURADIA is grateful to our Board of Trustees who collaborate with us on a voluntary basis to govern the charity and direct how it is managed and run. Our current Trustees took up post in January 2017 and please find more about them in the brief biographies below. We are delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Boulton as the new EURADIA Chair.

Professor Andrew Boulton, EURADIA Chair, is Professor of Medicine with a special interest in diabetes and its complications at the University of Manchester and Consultant Physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  He is a Past-President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).

Dr Carlo Acerini is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician (Diabetes and Endocrinology), Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He is also a member of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE).

Mrs Anne-Marie Felton is currently working within the voluntary sector, nationally and internationally.
 She is the Co-Founder and President of the Foundation for European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND). Mrs Felton is also a Co-Chair of the European Coalition for Diabetes (ECD) and an Honourary Member of the EASD. 

Professor Luc Martinez is a former Professor of General Medicine at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. He has been Vice President of the French Society of General Medicine since 2000. Prof Martinez is a Board Member of Primary Care Diabetes Europe (PCDE).

Diabetes UK Professional Conference, Manchester, UK 8-10 March
We are delighted that EURADIA will have a presence during the Diabetes UK Conference. Please come along to say hello at stand F10 in the Exhibition Hall to find out about our activities.

DIAMAP 2020 Road Map for Diabetes Research in Europe
The DIAMAP Road Map for Diabetes in Europe is being updated. Professor Chantal Mathieu (Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, KU Leuven, Belgium), is leading the DIAMAP 2020 project. The DIAMAP website is currently undergoing a complete upgrade and will be launched in the near future. The website will host interactive research roadmaps along with the European diabetes research and funding databases. EURADIA is currently updating the Expert Groups from the original project and looking at ways to engage the diabetes research community in this initiative.  It is intended that DIAMAP will become a living and ongoing resource for diabetes research. We will keep you informed of upcoming DIAMAP-related events. 

Latest news items from some of our members:
The 13th International Symposium on the Insulin Receptor and Insulin Action (IR2017) will take place from 20–22 April in Nice, France. Leading international researchers will discuss their most recent findings, involving both world-experts and younger scientists. More details here  
FEND Doctoral Fellowships have been created to give diabetes nurses the opportunity to undertake a PhD project that addresses an important clinical project relevant to the health and care needs of people with diabetes. Full details at Closing date: 31 March 2017.

Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement This new report by leading type 1 diabetes researchers, including experts from JDRF, has provided unique consensus guidelines on managing the condition while exercising. The JDRF-funded report sought to understand the current level of activity of those living with type 1, and identify how different types of exercise can reduce or increase glucose levels, to help inform changes to exercise routines while ensuring safe and effective type 1 management. The guidelines, Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement, involved an international team of 21 researchers and was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. Dr Aaron Kowalski, JDRF’s Chief Mission Officer, and a lead contributor to the report said: “The lack of reliable information on how to exercise safely has created obstacles for people with T1D who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These consensus guidelines, as well as JDRF’s new PEAK program, are breaking down those barriers.”

PCDE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Meeting at the EASD 
2017 is an important year for Primary Care Diabetes Europe (PCDE), which will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with several activities at the EASD Annual Meeting in Lisbon. PCDE is organising a celebration meeting with colleagues and partners who have been crucial for PCDE’s development and growth.

The meeting will reflect on 20 years of continued commitment to supporting primary care professionals and people with diabetes. The programme for this session is currently being prepared and updates will follow in due course on the PCDE website ( On the morning of Friday 15 September, PCDE’s new chairman Xavier Cos and Prof. Kamlesh Khunti will participate in the EASD Symposium “Diabetes in primary care in Europe”. The proposed title of Assoc. Prof. Cos’ lecture is “Prevention of diabetes in primary care: Is it feasible?” The proposed title of Prof. Khunti’s lecture is “Diabetes research in primary care: fiction or reality?” PCDE invites you to attend these lectures, further details about which will be published shortly on the EASD and PCDE websites. Preparations for a possible pre-EASD Symposium together with the Diabetes Education Study Group (DESG) are also underway. See Upcoming Events for more information about other forthcoming PCDE events. Register for the Symposium here.
There have also been a number of important changes to the organisation of PCDE. In February 2017 Chairman Prof. Johan Wens handed over his 8 year chairmanship to Assoc. Prof. Xavier Cos (Spain) and Prof. Pinar Topsever (Turkey) was appointed Vice Chair of PCDE. Furthermore, PCDE is delighted to welcome two new members to the Executive Board: Dr. Sam Seidu (UK) who was also recently appointed as Chair of the PCDE EASD Study Group and Dr. Gerardo Medea (Italy). The PCDE Executive Board would like to thank Prof. Wens for his dedication and achievements in bringing PCDE to this point, and welcome the new Chair, Vice Chair and new Executive Board members, wishing them every success in their new roles. 

EFSD Funding Programmes The EFSD is currently running a number of research programmes and funding is available through the year. See here for full details of the programmes and deadlines. 

EFSD Mentorship Programme AstraZeneca is proud to support an unrestricted educational grant for the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) inaugural Future Leaders Mentorship Programme for Clinical Diabetologists in Europe. The aim of the Mentorship Programme, which has officially launched, is to identify and promote the advancement of the next generation of leading clinical diabetologists in Europe. “At AstraZeneca we’re committed to developing and supporting programmes that help to advance the science in the treatment of diabetes, and ultimately help enable access to high-quality healthcare for the estimated 415 million worldwide adults currently living with diabetes. We’re excited to be able to support the EFSD to identify and foster future clinical leaders in diabetes, at a time when we’re seeing increasing innovation and advances in the treatment of this disease,” Danilo Verge, VP of Global Medical Affairs, CVMD at AstraZeneca said. 

Those awarded a Mentorship will be provided the opportunity to take part in a broad range of educational and training opportunities centered around a clinical research project, with leading European clinical diabetologists serving as personal mentors. “There is a real global challenge to recruit and train the next generation of clinical investigators, not least in endocrinology/diabetes. We welcome this collaboration with AstraZeneca and the opportunity to reach-out to the clinical community to identify and support pioneering diabetologists across Europe,” said EASD/EFSD President Juleen Zierath. 

It is the ultimate goal of the Mentorship Programme to help award recipients develop into leaders by refining their skills in the three cardinal areas of clinical diabetes, research and communication, thereby keeping them in the field of diabetes and facilitating their appointment to senior academic positions at major European institutions. Learn more about the this programme here

Kick-Off Meeting, European Patients' Forum Campaign on Access to Healthcare, Brussels, 27 February 2017
Access to healthcare is a long standing priority for EPF and its membership, and is at the heart of the vision of the organization. The policy meeting, 'How to Achieve Universal Health Coverage for All Patients by 2030’ is open to all high-level stakeholders and patients who want to discuss concrete actions at EU-level to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all by 2030. 
Expert Panel on Health helps strengthen EU health systems
The newly appointed Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health recently held its first Plenary Meeting in Brussels on 24 January 2017 and will now begin work on three new Opinions. Prof. Jan De Maeseneer, chair of the Expert Panel and Head of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at Ghent University, explains the Panel's role, work and impact here
The Expert Panel helps the Commission make evidence-based policy on country-specific and cross-country knowledge by publishing Opinions on various health-related topics, helping to raise public awareness about the EU agenda and ultimately helping support the pursuit of sustainable health systems in Europe.

European Parliament back better access to medicines for all Europeans
On 31 January, the European Parliament's Environment Committee backed a report by S&D member Soledad Cabezón Ruiz to improve access to medicines in Europe. Miriam Dalli, S&D spokesperson for health, said: "It is imperative that we establish cooperation programmes on research and development and innovative technologies to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are properly addressed”. Soledad Cabezón Ruiz commented: "Today, the environment committee backed our call for strong political action to guarantee the fundamental right to health for all Europeans…Clearly, we have to review the pharmaceutical system to address the shortages of essential medicines, to move from profit-oriented to patient-driven research, to improve transparency of research data and costs and look into the potential of generics."

Maltese Presidency - Expert Group Technical Meeting on Childhood Obesity, Sliema, Malta.
Malta has identified childhood obesity as one of the priority areas in the health sector. The Maltese Presidency will be hosting a workshop on “Childhood Obesity: Halting the Rise”, on 22-23 February. The meeting will include presentations from keynote speakers and experts in the field. Interactive discussions will explore how to tackle the problem of childhood obesity and work in synergy.


Reasons for the Commission's Failure to act on Endocrine Disrupters
January 17, 2017
Mireille D'Ornano (ENF) 
Presence of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Sweets
December 22, 2016
Mireille D'Ornano (ENF) 
E-health System
December 15, 2016
Jiří Maštálka (GUE/NGL) 
Childhood Obesity
December 13, 2016
Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu (S&D) , Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D)


See EURADIA's latest funding bulletin for a listing of the latest opportunities for diabetes researchers here. 

IMI launches new project in diabetes
IMI has launched a number of new projects in the last couple of months, including in diabetes, from IMI2 – Calls 5 and 6. BEAT-DKD aims to deliver tools and knowledge that will facilitate the development of new, personalised treatments for diabetic kidney disease (DKD). 

EU eHealth Competition 2017

The eHealth Competition is an initiative that rewards the best eHealth/mHealth solutions produced by SMEs (European Small and Medium Enterprises). Its objective is to support business success of SMEs by giving them visibility together with marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital. The EU eHealth Competition final 2017 will be held in Barcelona, on the 3rd of May, in cooperation with Health 2.0 and Healthio.This year the Competition includes a new track on Diabetes, which will reward the best ideas for the management of the disease. More details here.


Fixed Combination Therapy in Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia and Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome
2-5 March
Cannes, France
6th Global Diabetes Conference and Medicare
22-23 March
Rome, Italy

IR2017 International Symposium on Insulin Receptor and Insulin Action
19-22 April
Nice, France,
2nd Joint Meeting of the EASD ISLET Study Group and Beta Cell Workshop
7-10 May
Dresden, Germany

International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics - IPC2017 
19- 22 June 
Budapest, Hungary
22nd WONCA Conference
28 June-3 July
Prague, Czech Republic
PCDE workshop on GLP1R agonist use
Chaired by Asso/c. Prof. Xavier Cos and Dr. Sam Seidu
47th EASD Annual Meeting
11-15 September
Lisbon, Portugal

22nd FEND Annual Conference
8-9 September 
Lisbon, Portugal
Hotel Olissippo Oriente, "Parque das Nações", Lisbon

2018 International Primary Care Diabetes Europe Conference
April 2018
Barcelona, Spain

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EURADIA: The Alliance for European Diabetes Research

Who we are: EURADIA is an alliance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and healthcare companies working for diabetes research. The NGOs include European academic and clinical researchers, healthcare professionals and patient groups.

What we do: We provide a platform for all those undertaking research to work together to benefit the wellbeing of people with diabetes, through advocacy for increased funding and improved coordination of diabetes research in Europe.


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