Report from ISPAD Science School 2013 in Sydney, Australia

14th Annual ISPAD Research School for Physicians

A very successful Science School was organised by Maria Craig and her team in Australia. It was a pleasure to welcome 20 fellows from across the world to participate in an intensive, absorbing week of scholarship ”˜down under’ in Sydney – the first time the school has been held in the southern hemisphere. The international faculty (Prof Mikael Knip - Finland, Dr Lori Laffel - Boston, US and Dr Michael Haller - Gainsville, US), along with Australian faculty (Prof Kim Donaghue - Sydney, Prof Fergus Cameron - Melbourne, Prof Jenny Couper - Adelaide) gave us their time, energy and passion for diabetes research during the 5-day course. The faculty and guest lecturers (Prof Tom Kay, Prof Anand Hardikar, Prof Stephen Twigg, Prof Bill Tamborlane, Dr Shubha Srinivasan, Dr Andrzej Januszewski, Dr Shihab Hameed and Dr Kate Hansen from CLAN - Caring and Living as Neighbours) covered a broad range of topics including research methodology; evidence-based medicine; basic, clinical and translational research; and child health advocacy. We heard presentations on cutting edge science in diabetes immunology, genetics, complications, transplantation, epidemiology, physiology and microRNAs, as well as many important aspects of clinical care.

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It will be a difficult act to follow but the planning for 15th Research School is already ongoing. Please note the dates! We invite pediatric endocrinology/diabetes fellows and early pediatric endocrinology/diabetes faculty from around the globe to attend the 14th Annual ISPAD Research School for Physicians, sponsored by Sanofi Aventis. The Research School will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, April 7-11, 2014. Lori Laffel MD MPH will convene the meeting, which will take place at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Being an ISPAD member is a core requirement; members who have previously attended an ISPAD Science School for Physicians are not eligible to apply.