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ISPAD News 09/2019

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ISPAD NEWS                                                      No. IX / September 2019

A message from ISPAD's President

I start the Newsletter with the sad passing of a former ISPAD President, Professor Hans Akerblom, on August 19, in Finland. Hans was the 6th President of ISPAD having joined in 1975. He served on the ISGD Advisory Council 1979-84; and was Convenor of 23rd Annual ISPAD Meeting in Turku in 1997. For those of us who remember him, he attended his last ISPAD Meeting in 2013. He was a quiet but very warm and gentle person with a great passion for science. He received the ISPAD Prize of Achievement in 2002.
On a much brighter note, thanks to the mentors and young members of ISPAD who have developed the JENIOUS Group. Their Vision is to create a unique, innovative platform in order to connect young physicians, residents, PhD students and other healthcare providers under 40 years and to create a community of young ISPAD Members to promote and develop dedicated programs for the youngest members of the Society. 

JENIOUS is one of several Special Interest Groups meeting in Boston at our 45th Annual Meeting October 30-November 2. We will also welcome Patient Advocate Groups to our meeting. Hopefully ISPAD members are finishing their travel preparations; and will have time to also enjoy the rich history of the New England area.

Finally please make sure you have paid your Membership and vote in the upcoming Elections for Executive and Advisory Council positions. 
Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020

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Memorial Message for Professor Akerblom

Professor Emeritus Hans K. Åkerblom passed away on the 19th of August this year at the age of 84. Hans was a long-term friend and supporter of ISPAD, being amongst the earliest members. He was President of ISPAD in 1996-99 and organized the ISPAD meeting in Turku in 1997. In 2002 he received the ISPAD Prize for Achievement.  Through ISPAD (then ISGD), he made long-lasting friendships around the world with the pioneers of pediatric diabetes of whom he was one.

Hans was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, University of Helsinki, 1985-1999. During that time he was actively involved in the training of medical students and young doctors specializing into pediatrics. His most lasting contribution was that to science. Hans was the father of modern pediatric diabetes research in Finland. In the mid-1980’s he initiated the “Childhood Diabetes in Finland”-study, which generated new insights into the interactions between genetic and environmental factors in the development of T1D. He was also a mentor to many international young diabetologists being very generous with his time and contributions.

Hans’ international contacts were the underpinning of his creation of the TRIGR (Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk) study started in 2002 and set out to test the hypothesis that weaning risk infants to an extensively hydrolyzed formula will decrease their later risk of T1D. This study, which is so far the only primary prevention trial in T1D appropriately powered, was carried out in 75 study centers in 15 countries under the skilled leadership of Hans. The outcome was that the early dietary intervention did not reduce the T1D risk. It brought to an end the suspicion that early exposure to cow’s milk proteins could increase the risk of T1D. He engaged the PI’s of this trial in its development and 3 separate grant applications and the worldwide collaborations resulted in an incredibly successfully completed study with a clear result.

As a person, Hans was a kind and modest soul. He is greatly missed by his wife Leena, his strong support of nearly 58 years, and daughters Johanna and Pia as well as many of his ISPAD friends. Hans’ legacy lives on in the world of T1D science, and in the hearts of his family and friends across the globe.

by Mikael Knip and Dorothy Becker

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!

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The deadline for standard registration is today September 26, 2019, 23:59 CET!

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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.
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Special Interest Group Meetings

Don’t miss the Special Interest Group Meetings that are taking place from Wednesday to Saturday parallel to the official scientific program!

  • Nurses: Wed, Oct 30 at 13.15 - 14.15 in Room Hampton
  • Psychologists: Thu, Oct 31 at 13.15 - 14.15 in Room Beacon B
  • JENIOUS Mentorship: Thu, Oct 31 at 17.30 - 19.00 in Republic Ballroom
  • Dietitians: Fri, Nov 01 at 13.00 - 14.00 in Room Hampton


Check the Full Timetable
ISPAD Networking Space

Visit us at the ISPAD NETWORKING SPACE located in the exhibition area.

You can learn more about ISPAD activities (Science Schools, Postgraduate Courses & much more!), become a member at a reduced rate, pick up your ISPAD Member Welcome Set, meet up with friends & colleagues, read the latest Social Media feeds, and take part in the ISPAD Networking Space Challenge & win a prize!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ISPAD Elections 2019 - Cast your Votes!

Remember ti cast your vote in the ISPAD Elections 2019!

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

JENIOUS Group Elections - Call for Candidates!

Dear JENIOUS Group, Dear ISPAD Members,
We will soon be holding our first official Elections!
The JENIOUS Group is looking to formalize its leadership in order to continue developing the activities of the group as well as to formally represent the Group during meetings with ISPAD leadership. For more information about what we do and our mission, visit our Group Page here!
ISPAD’s Executive Board has appointed two of the JENIOUS Group founders, Klemen Dovc and Elisa Giani as the first official leaders of the Group. They will each serve for a period of 3 years.
A 3rd representative is to be elected this year for the 2019-2021 term (until ISPAD 2021).  You are warmly invited to apply for this position if you fulfill both of the following conditions. You are:
  1. ISPAD Member 
  2. JENIOUS Member
The goal is to form a 3-headed leadership with each person (except the first elected representative) serving for three years and with one member rotating each year in order to maintain continuity. 
Are you ready to submit your candidacy? Then complete the form here!
Make sure to submit your application by October 1, 2019 – midday (CET).

Submit your Candidacy!

ISPAD Annual General Meeting 2019

We would like to invite all ISPAD Members to this year's General Assembly!

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Constitution Ballroom. Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199, USA

We are looking forward to welcoming you!


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ISPAD Donations

Would you like to support ISPAD more? Members can now donate!

By donating to ISPAD, help us get one step closer to fulfilling our vision:
A better world for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes!

Simply log into your member profile and click on the button below.

We welcome all additional support for our activities!
Donate Here!

Conference Resource Platform - Highlighted Chapters: 

Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA) & Ambulatory Diabetes Care

Chapter 11: Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State

Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA) is the second most severe and dangerous complication of diabetes – after severe hypoglycemia. DKA is caused by a decrease in the effective circulating insulin level associated with increases in counter-regulatory hormone concentrations. DKA most commonly appears at the onset of diabetes – but there is wide geographic variation. Frequencies range from approximately 15% to 70% in Europe and North America.

DKA at diagnosis is more common in younger children (especially <2 years of age), it is also more common in ethnic minority groups, and in children whose families do not have ready access to medical care for social or economic reasons. DKA is often the consequence of diagnostic error or delayed treatment.

In recurrent DKA, insulin omission or failure to follow a sick day or pump failure management guidelines accounts for almost all episodes. Management of an episode of DKA is not complete until its cause has been identified and rectified.

The risk of DKA in established type 1 diabetes is 1% to 10% per patient per year and is increased mainly in children who omit insulin and in those with poor metabolic control or previous episodes of DKA. It is also strongly associated with psychosocial circumstances.

The ISPAD Guidelines Chapter: Diabetic ketoacidosis and the hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state focuses on DKA is a must-read for any clinician. It consists of basic information about DKA and specified guidelines for its treatment. Regarding the previous edition of this chapter, recommendations concerning fluid management have been modified to reflect recent findings from a randomized controlled clinical trial showing no difference in cerebral injury in patients rehydrated at different rates with either 0.45% or 0.9% saline.

To learn more about the recurrent DKA check the presentations from Michael Harris: Prevention and Treatment of DKA: Psychosocial and economic aspects and Nicole Glaser: New perspectives on intravenous fluid protocols and risk of cerebral injury that describes recent findings from a randomized clinical trial.

Chapter 7: The Delivery of Ambulatory Diabetes Care to Children and Adolescents with Diabetes

From the very first day of the onset of diabetes, it is necessary for children and adolescents with diabetes and their families to receive reliable, high quality, long-term diabetes care. Diabetes is a life-long condition, that is based on the “self-management” of a patient and his/her caregivers. And it is a 24/7 “job”. Therefore, the limited time that they can spend with health-care professionals (altogether, a couple of hours a year!), has to be used as effectively as possible.
Read this ISPAD guidelines chapter on how to deliver the best quality of ambulatory care to the youngest people with diabetes.

The child or adolescent with diabetes and his/her caregivers benefit from care delivered by a multidisciplinary team, promoting proficiency in self-management. Key elements of holistic, interdisciplinary care are presented, as are processes and outcomes of care. In this chapter, you can read about the guidelines on the use of current diabetes technologies, a transition from pediatric to adult diabetes care, anticipatory guidance, and addressing barriers to care.  Data collection and sharing for quality improvement programs and cost-effectiveness of optimal diabetes care so as to promote high quality, up-to-date care for all children are also described. Moreover, included is a section on the delivery of care in areas with limited resources. 

To learn more, check the ISPAD online resource platform and see the presentations about Resourcing diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries by François Bonnici and learn What to learn from a registry by Reinhard Holl. Also, listen to Kate Armstrong and find out what are the Rights of the child with diabetes from an international perspective with a focus on the developing world.
The Conference Resource Platform has been made possible thanks to an independent educational sponsorship from
Access the entire Platform

Vth ISPAD-VAPES Postgraduate Course - Report

After the success of the IVth ISPAD/VAPES Course and the support from its surplus training course devoted to psychologists from the whole country in diabetes care in October 2017, we were more than convinced that we have to continue our educational activity.

The Vth (jubilee) ISPAD-VAPES Course “DIABETES AND RARE DISEASES” was held on April 11-13, 2019 in Albena, Bulgaria. The program was concentrated on diabetes, rare forms of diabetes and had a special focus on rare diseases.

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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 contribute to these group pages, that are open to all members having an interest in these groups!
Learn more about ISPAD Interest Groups!

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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 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

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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