EURADIA Newsletter

Summer 2015




DIAMAP Roadmap for Diabetes Research in Europe EURADIA is in the process of updating the DIAMAP Road Map Report and is very pleased that Professor Chantal Mathieu, Professor of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, will Chair the DIAMAP project. Initially, DIAMAP will be occupied with information collection. DIAMAP was originally a European Commission FP7-funded project that undertook a wide survey of the European diabetes research landscape, from which expert opinion could identify gaps and highlight strengths in order to guide a Road Map strategy for diabetes research in Europe. If you are a member of a European organisation that funds diabetes research, we would very much welcome your input. Please click here to complete the survey.

The European Coalition for Diabetes (ECD) is keeping a close eye on the changes in Brussels, particularly around the European Parliament, and is keen to bring diabetes matters to the attention of MEPs in the EU Diabetes Working Group (EUDWG) and beyond. The Coalition also closely follows activity of the European Commission, which is especially relevant with the new Commissioners and their Cabinets in place since 2014. The ECD Secretariat is currently hosted by the EURADIA office. To find out more about the ECD and its activities click here.
EUDWG, with the support of the ECD, organised a meeting on 5 May 2015 in the European Parliament entitled Diabetes in Europe: the state of play. Key priorities for the European Institutions, with keynote speaker Mr Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner Andriukaitis. Read the full meeting report here. (Photo from left to right: Mrs Anne Marie Felton (FEND), Mr Arūnas Vinčiūnas (EC), Ms Christel Schaldemose MEP, Ms Theresa Comodini MEP, Mr Chris Delicata (ECD), Ms Sarah Hills (EURADIA). 

Good Practice and Chronic Disease: The EU Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life-Cycle CHRODIS is a European collaboration that brings together over 60 associated and collaborating partners from 26 Member States. These partners, including the ECD, work together to identify, validate, exchange and disseminate good practice on chronic diseases across EU Member States and to facilitate its uptake across local, regional and national borders. The JA-CHRODIS work strand on Type 2 Diabetes (work package 7) finished collecting data from 19 countries to provide an overview of quality of care in the area of diabetes. Work package partners are now finalising a summary report that will be available after the summer and will provide relevant and useful information on the status of diabetes across the EU. A second round of data collection has already started on good practices on diabetes. WP7 leader Marina Maggini states: “We hope to reach consensus regarding the quality indicators for good practices in the area of diabetes and to finalise our first report on quality of care.” Find out more information about CHRODIS here.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 51st EASD Annual Meeting in Stockholm, from 14-18 September. We will be meeting with a wide range of stakeholders, and supporting the InterConnect and DALI FP7 projects. If you would like to arrange an appointment to meet with us, please contact


InterConnect FP7 Initiative
Global Data for Diabetes and Obesity Research
Pre-EASD Non-Commercial Symposium
Monday 14 September 2015, Stockholm

 The FP7-funded InterConnect project ( aims to change the way that data are used in population research into the causes of diabetes and obesity. EURADIA is specifically responsible in its work package for developing a sustainable and dynamic network of stakeholders and we will also be disseminating information about InterConnect to the research community, funders, stakeholders and the wider public. You are warmly invited to take part in an interactive Symposium on Global Data for Diabetes and Obesity Research immediately before the 2015 EASD Annual Meeting in Stockholm. This Symposium is to engage scientists, research funders and stakeholders in a new approach to optimising the use of existing data that is secure, scalable and sustainable within a simple governance framework.  It will include how InterConnect is:
  • Enhancing discovery of data via a searchable study registry
  • Optimising data for re-use via harmonisation and new toolkits
  • Creating a network for federated meta-analysis across cohorts where the data stays at source and the analysis comes to the data.
This is an interactive meeting, and we look forward to hearing how InterConnect can help you:
  • As a scientist – to make cross-cohort research more tractable
  • As a funder – to maximise your investment and make data sharing a reality
  • As a stakeholder – to see the policy, social and economic benefits of more effective use of existing data.
The Symposium will be held in the Press Conference Room (K21) in the Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, on Monday 14 September 2015 from 14:30 until 17.00. To register for the Symposium, please follow the instructions on the webpage here. 
DALI FP7 Project
Diabetes and Pregnancy Vitamin D and Lifestyle Intervention for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Prevention

Final Outcomes Meeting
Thursday 10 December 2015, Brussels

The FP7-funded DALI project is the framework for 13 partners from 11 countries to cooperate in a Europe-wide and large-scale study with the aim to develop effective preventive measures for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Registration is now open to all those interested in attending final DALI meeting, to be held in Brussels, to explore the final outcomes of the Project. The meeting will bring together key European stakeholders in this interactive forum, which will present the main findings and results of the DALI project. Interactive workshop discussions will also generate recommendations on screening and prevention for pregnant women. In addition, expert speakers will discuss issues such as transgenerational transmission of diabesity risk and its prevention in pregnancy. To find out more information or to register for the meeting, please follow the instructions on the webpage here. 

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) was delighted to receive an excellent review from the German government earlier this year.The report stated that “the DZD has done an excellent job in fulfilling the commission of the Federal Government to harness national capacities, competences and infrastructures in the field of diabetes research. The experts confirmed that the DZD has an outstanding international standard and were impressed by the structure of translational research that has been established, which in this form cannot be found in any other diabetes research center in the world”. Find more DZD news here.

The 51st EASD Annual Meeting will be held in Stockholm, from 14-18 September 20-15. The EASD programme is available for download here. The programme will comprise six parallel tracks which will include symposia, keynote lectures and debates covering basic and clinical science. From 2067 abstracts submitted, the Scientific Programme Committee has selected 1209 for presentation. Find out more about the EASD virtual meeting here. 

EURADIA member ESPE (European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology) warmly invites you to its 54th Annual Meeting to be held 1-3 October 2015 in Barcelona. The theme of the Meeting is “Improving patient care: a pluridisciplinary dialogue”. The Programme Organising Committee is preparing an exciting and varied programme covering the latest scientific information as well as providing a forum to update and debate theoretical and practical issues and meet with experts and peers from around the globe. Find out more here. 

FEND is looking forward to meeting you at their Annual Conference in Stockholm on 11-12 September, and you can register here.

Maney Publishing is now the new publisher of the FEND journal, under the new title International Diabetes Nursing. 
The Co-Editors welcome contributions to the journal of all types, whether original research, reviews, case reports, conference reports, conference notices, or comments etc. For further information and a copy of the Guidelines for Authors, please contact Co-Editors: Prof Angus Forbes and Dr Magdalena Annersten-Gershater, International Diabetes Nursing,

Major public health NGOs, including EURADIA member IDF Europe, have released a joint letter to WHO Europe in support of the WHO Nutrient Profile Model. The model is welcomed as an authoritative contribution to curbing marketing of unhealthy food to children and ultimately reducing levels of childhood obesity in Europe. Whilst recognising that many food and drink companies in the EU have also made a contribution by signing up to the EU Pledge, the letter states that voluntary initiatives by industry to self-regulate are insufficient, due to the wide variation in attitudes and behaviour within the food and non-alcoholic beverage and marketing industries. Read more here

The European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation and JDRF jointly organised a workshop on  Type 1 diabetes research: taking stock and maximising collaboration in Brussels on 23 June 2015. The overall objective of the workshop was to showcase and raise awareness about benefits, added value and impact of EU and JDRF supported research in the area of type 1 diabetes, explore up-scaling collaborations in areas of common interest, and brainstorm about the possibilities offered by personalised medicine approaches in this area. The meeting was attended by high level experts in this area from the private and public sector, learned societies, patients' associations and policy makers.

PCDE is pleased to announce that its Journal, Primary Care Diabetes, edited by Jaakko Tuomilehto, will undergo some changes in 2015.

There will be an increase in issue frequency, from four to six issues per year, reflecting a steady growth in article submissions and journal profile, and a transition from print to electronic format. These changes together reflect the journal’s growing stature and the broader move of scientific literature online with the additional functionality that offers. Follow this link for queries relating to article submission. 

Patient Empowerment Campaign

EURADIA welcomes the news that the EPF officially launched a major one-year campaign on Patient Empowerment on 20-21 May 2015. EPF will work alongside the health community to promote understanding of what patient empowerment means from the patient perspective among political decision-makers and health stakeholders. As part of the campaign deliverables, EPF will release a Charter of Patient Empowerment and a multi-stakeholder Roadmap for Action in November 2015. More information about the initiative here.


WHO Director-General addresses European Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

On 22 June 2015, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, addressed the European Commission, acknowledging that the complexities of childhood obesity make it an extremely difficult issue to address. Congratulating the Commission on its progress to date, she drew attention to the various interwoven factors that must be tackled head on, as a matter of urgency, if rates of childhood obesity are to decrease: “The biggest harm comes from the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages and ultra-processed, energy-dense, and nutrient-poor foods, which are often the cheapest and most readily available, especially in poorer communities.”

The Commission was urged to monitor industry’s commitments to self-regulate in this area. Importantly, Dr Chan also pointed to the moral responsibility on all societies to act on behalf of the child: “Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child. It arises from environments created by society and supported by government policies. The argument that obesity is the result of personal lifestyle choices, often used to excuse governments from any responsibility to intervene, cannot apply to childhood obesity”. Read the full statement here.

DG Research and Innovation

Save the date! - Info Day, Horizon 2020 - 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing'
18 September 2015, Charlemagne Building, Boulevard Charlemagne, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Programme and registration information coming soon

European Parliamentary Research Service
Follow this link for a useful round-up of current obesity policy in the EU.

European Parliamentary Questions relating to Diabetes
Question: Obesity
Date: 21 May 2015
MEP: Siôn Simon (S&D)
Question: Diabetes in Europe
Date: 9 April 2015
MEP: Miriam Dalli (S&D)

Question: Misleading advertising for commercial bakery products for children
Date: 31 March 2015
MEP: Jordi Sebastià (Verts/ALE)
Question: European Strategy Against Diabetes
Date: 11 March 2015
MEP: Gabriel Mato (PPE) and  Carlos  Iturgaiz (PPE)

Question: Breast feeding and obesity
Date:  3 March 2015
MEP: Ian Hudghton (Verts/ALE)

Question: The health costs of endocrine disrupting chemicals
Date: 27 February 2015
MEP: Paloma Lopez Bermejo (GUE/NGL)

Question: Causes of type 1 diabetes 
Date:26 February 2015
MEP: Daciana Octavia Sarbu (S&D)

Question: EU Driving Directive stipulations concering type 1 diabetes
Date: 23 February 2015
MEP: Daniel Dalton (ECR)

Question: EU diabetes strategy
Date: 17 February 2015
MEP: Afzal Khan (S&D)

Question: Healthy lifestyle promotion
Date: 4 February 2015
MEP: Biljana Borzan (S&D)

Question: Antimicrobial resistance
Date: 29 January 2015
MEP: Simona Bonafe (S&D), Bijana Borzan (S&D), Miriam Dalli (S&D)


June 2015
OECD Report: Rising diabetes and obesity threaten progress in tackling cardiovascular diseases

Fewer people are dying from stroke and heart attacks than before, but rising levels of obesity and diabetes, particularly among younger people, are going to push mortality rates higher, according to a new OECD report. This report examines how countries perform in their ability to prevent, manage and treat cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. The last 50 years have witnessed remarkable improvements in CVD outcomes. Since 1960, overall CVD mortality rates have fallen by over 60%, but these improvements are not evenly spread across OECD countries, and the rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity are threatening to offset gains. Download report here.

June 2015 
Privacy Platform – Medical Research and Data Protection

How will the Parliament's and Council's proposals for a General Data Protection Regulation affect medical research? This edition of the Privacy Platform goes into the details of the Regulation, and the requirements of consent and pseudonymisation. The panel, Chaired by MEP Sophie in 't Veld (ALDE) consisted of representatives from medical research associations and legal experts. Watch the Livecast here.

EURADIA’s next funding ebulletin will be coming to you later in the summer. 

If you are in the process of putting together a consortium or seeking research partners, please do let us know and we will include your project details both here in our newsletter and on the EURADIA website. Please send a message to

11-12 September 2015

Stockholm, Sweden (before EASD)

13-14 September 2015
Stockholm, Sweden (before EASD)

The Patient Education Journey: Past, Present, Future
13 September 2015
Stockholm, Sweden (before EASD)

14 – 16 September
Stockholm, Sweden

Securing health in Europe: Balancing priorities, sharing responsibilities
30 September - 2 October 2015
Gastein, Austria

1-3 October
Barcelona, Spain
Recommendations and controversies in clinical nutrition (RECONUT)
4-6 March 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

8 - 9 March 2016 
Düsseldorf, Germany

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EURADIA: The Alliance for European Diabetes Research

EURADIA is an alliance of non-profit organisations and health care companies working together to further the cause of diabetes research. EURADIA has existed since 2003 and as a registered non-profit organisation in Germany since 2007. EURADIA UK was registered as an independent charity in 2013. 

EURADIA serves as a visible and effective advocate for diabetes research at the highest levels, representing the best interests of both academia and the healthcare industry. 


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