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ISPAD News 08/2019

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ISPAD NEWS                                                                   No. VIII / August 2019

A message from ISPAD's President

The planning for our 45th Annual Conference is going very well with healthy registration figures already. A special thanks to the Abstract Committee led by Linda DiMeglio for high-quality review (538 abstracts including 57 late breakers). There will be a record of 64 oral and 550 posters presentations. Congratulations to those who will be offered Travel Grants this week.
Next month ESPE (European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology) will be convening in Vienna (September 19-21). ISPAD has a joint symposium with speakers: David Maahs (US), Loredana Marcovecchio (UK), Kim Donaghue (Australia), chaired by Zdeněk Šumník (Czech Republic) and Thomas Danne (Germany). We will have other collaborative meetings with the International Consortium of Pediatric Endocrinology (ICPE formed 2015) which will also be convening.
Thanks to all who are continuing to educate others globally, with plans in development for new courses in Cambodia and Cameroon in the near future; as well as the ISPAD Science School in Rotterdam next month.
Please make sure you have paid your Membership so that you can vote in the upcoming Elections for Executive and Advisory Council positions. Also please prepare your submissions for ISPAD-JDRF Fellowship Grants due September 19.
Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020

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ISPAD Elections 2019 - Cast your Votes!

We are pleased to announce that the ISPAD Elections 2019 have now opened.

As a fully paid member, you are invited to cast your vote via the button below, on the following positions:

ISPAD President (2020-2022)
ISPAD Secretary General (2020-2022)
ISPAD Advisory Council Members (2019-2022)

E-voting will be available during the following period:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (CET) - voting opened
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 15:00 (EDT)  - voting ends

Click here to find out more about the candidates!*
*ISPAD Member login required
Vote Here

ISPAD Booths @ ESPE 2019 & EASD 2019

Come & visit the ISPAD Stand at these upcoming events:

ESPE 2019: Vienna, Austria.Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 – Saturday, Sep 21, 2019

We are excited to participate in the ESPE 2019 Meeting next month. Visit us at booth 28!
We are pleased to be sharing our stand with ASPED (Arab Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes). Together we will promote both our societies, as well as ISPAD 2020 which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE - October 14-17, 2020.

EASD 2019: Barcelona, Spain. Monday, Sep 16, 2019 – Friday, Sep 20, 2019

ISPAD looks forward to participating in the EASD Meeting. See you at booth 12 in the Associations' Village!

ISPAD Members can come & pick up a member-only giveaway at both booths, check their membership status or simply find out more about upcoming ISPAD activities throughout the globe!

If you're not an ISPAD Member yet but are interested in finding out more about our activities or are considering joining, then drop by and speak to us. We look forward to your visit!

ISPAD 2019 - Standard Registration Deadline

Register now for the standard registration fee for ISPAD's 45th Annual Conference in Boston and save up to 240 USD!

Click here to see registration fees

Deadline for standard registration is September 26, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Should you have any questions regarding registration, please don't hesitate to write to


ISPAD 2019 - New Patient Advocate Registration

ISPAD is pleased to open its registration to patients, patient representatives and patient advocate associations. Read more about it and access the special registration form designed for patients and patients advocates here.
Register Now!

Conference Resource Platform - Highlighted Chapters: 

Nutritional Management & Hypoglycemia

Chapter 10: Nutritional management in children and adolescents with diabetes 

Nutritional management is one of the cornerstones of diabetes care and education. Different countries and regions have widely varying cultures and socio-economic status that influence and dominate dietary habits. Although there is strong evidence for nutritional requirements in young people, the scientific evidence base for many aspects of diabetes dietary management is still emerging and it is important to individualize nutrition interventions and meal plans. ISPAD consensus guidelines (see here) reflect national and international pediatric position/consensus statements and evidence derived from recommendations for adults with diabetes. Dietary recommendations for children with diabetes are based on healthy eating recommendations suitable for all children and adults and therefore, the whole family. Nutritional advice must be adapted to cultural, ethnic and family traditions and the psychosocial needs of the individual child. Likewise, the choice of insulin regimen should take into account the dietary habits and lifestyle of the child. This chapter describes the strategies to minimize the postprandial excursions caused by carbohydrate, protein and fat, and recommends considering all the ingredients in the calculation of the meal-time insulin dose.

Learn more about carb-counting from Asma Deeb: Nutrition - debate PRO and CON carb counting Carbohydrate counting; just a part of a bigger picture

Learn more about the impact of fats and proteins on post-prandial glycaemia from Carmel Smart: Challenges to the second “Peanuts only peanuts”. On the effect of fat and protein on insulin therapy

This chapter is a must read for all pediatricians, diabetes educators and all dietitians!

Chapter 12: Assessment and management of hypoglycemia in children and adolescents with diabetes

Hypoglycemia is the common acute complication of type 1 diabetes. It presents a major physiological and psychological barrier to achieving optimal glycemic control and may result in significant emotional morbidity for patients and their caregivers. Although people believe that lower hemoglobin A1C was a risk factor for severe hypoglycemia for years, this association is no longer observed with contemporary therapy in recent surveys. Rates of severe-hypoglycemia – defined as an event with severe cognitive impairment (including coma and convulsions) requiring external assistance by another person to actively administer carbohydrates, glucagon, or take other corrective action - have fortunately reduced worldwide with no association of severe hypoglycemia with improved glycemic control. Therefore, parents and caregivers need to be reassured that good glycemic control can be achieved without severe hypoglycemic events and there is no reason to maintain “high” blood glucose values just to avoid “hypos”. Although young children remain at risk of severe hypoglycemia due to their reduced ability to communicate their need, the incidence of severe hypoglycemic coma has fallen over the last two decades with a current rate of 3 to 7 per 100 patient/years across international registries, mainly due to better treatment options – insulin analogues, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. Therefore, it is vital to address this important clinical problem during diabetes education and management.
To know more about hypoglycemia: what it is, what are its symptoms, treatment, the effect on the developing brain – you must read a very comprehensive ISPAD Guidelines chapter: Assessment and management of hypoglycemia in children and adolescents with diabetes. You can find it here.

Check also the ISPAD resource platform and watch the lecture about Acute Complications: Hypoglycaemia and brain development in toddlers by Ana Maria Arbelaez and Eli Lilly's symposium on Hypoglycaemia: Who’s afraid of Hypoglycemia? Partnering to Provide Confidence to Patients and Caregivers  or Hypoglycemia in Diabetes: incidence and clinical implications - what is the data telling us? by Dick Mul.

The Conference Resource Platform has been made possible thanks to an independent educational sponsorship from

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Increased Impact Factor Pediatric Diabetes Erratum

Dear Readers, 

We would like to extend our sincere apologies for an error that occurred in last month's Newsletter, where we stated that the Impact Factor of the Pediatric Diabetes Journal had increased to an all-time high of 3.347.

In fact, the Impact Factor for Pediatric Diabetes was 3.488 i
n 2015 and 4.267 in 2016, during which the Editor in Chief was Mark Sperling. 

ISPAD would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the past editors and their teams. Your contributions have been essential to the journal's success.
Access the Journal

ISPAD-JDRF Fellowships 2019 - Deadline Extended!

ISPAD-JDRF Fellowship - This grant is for ISPAD members below age 40, who wish to pursue a career in diabetes related research. It will cover $25,000USD in research related expenses!

Application Deadline: September 19, 2019

We highly encourage our applicants to read the fellowship reports for an insight into past research topics.
Apply Now!

ISPAD Special Interest Groups

Join one of the ISPAD interest Groups!
With these Groups, we aim to provide; a place for specific networking, a forum for discussion, a portal to share resources and ideas.
Do not hesitate to visit and and contribute to these group pages, that are open to all members having an interest in these groups!
Learn more about ISPAD Interest Groups!

Why are you an ISPAD Member?

Do you love being an ISPAD member and taking advantage of the great benefits? Do you want to share your experience with others? If so, ISPAD wants to hear from you! 

Whether you are a long-standing or recent ISPAD member, we look forward to your feedback.

Click here to submit your comments and/or video on why you are an ISPAD member and be entered for a chance to win a free one-year ISPAD membership or a mystery prize! 

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ISPAD Idea Box

ISPAD wants to hear from you - we welcome your ideas, suggestions, comments, or questions!

Simply log into your ISPAD Member profile and then click here to submit your feedback through the member idea box!

Members can also vote on their favorite ideas


Upcoming Events

ISPAD Science School for Physicians 2019
Dates: 9/8/2019 » 9/12/2019
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

16th ISPAD Science School for Healthcare Professionals
Dates: 10/27/2019 » 10/29/2019
Location: Boston, USA

ISPAD 2019
Dates: 10/30/2019 » 11/3/2019
Location: Boston, United States

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