Globally, diabetes is a disease in evolution affecting more and more children and adolescents.
The INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY for PEDIATRIC and ADOLESCENT DIABETES (ISPAD) is a professional organization whose aims are to promote clinical and basic science, research, education and advocacy in childhood and adolescent diabetes. The strength of ISPAD lies in the scientific and clinical expertise in childhood and adolescent diabetes of its members. ISPAD is the only international society focusing specifically on all types of childhood diabetes. All forms of diabetes treatment in childhood should be based upon scientific evidence or clinical consensus. Parents are urged to contact their doctor regarding any type of treatment to take part of the evidence for it.
Who may become an ISPAD member?
Full Members of ISPAD are medical health professionals (pediatricians, internists and other disciplines), non-medical health professionals (diabetes nurses, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and other members of diabetes teams) and scientists committed to clinical care, education, research or advocacy relevant to children and adolescents with all forms of diabetes mellitus.
Pediatric Diabetes is our official journal and included in the membership fee is a subscription and free web-access. The initial two years of membership is free for applicants from low income countries according to the World Bank list.
What does ISPAD do?
Our activities include:
The Annual Scientific Meeting is held yearly in different international locations. ISPAD publishes Clinical Practice Consensus Guidelines for the management of diabetes in children and adolescents. These are published in Pediatric Diabetes and the 2009 Guidelines are freely accessible through our website by clicking here.
The yearly ISPAD Science School offers research training in the field of diabetes for young doctors. ISPAD Science School for Health Professionals is also held each year and is organized for nurses, dietitians, psychologists and other allied health professionals. The participation in the Science Schools is for members only, and includes free travel, accommodation and meals.
The ISPAD Rare Diabetes Collection provides clinical details on rare types of diabetes, as well as serving as a repository of stored DNA for research.
Other activities include postgraduate courses, particularly in less developed countries, scientific symposia, workshops and training programs, facilitation of collaborative studies, individual training programs, assistance with other organizations and societies in promoting education and research on childhood and adolescent diabetes mellitus as well as raising public awareness about diabetes mellitus.
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