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ISPAD News 03/2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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ISPAD NEWS                                                                   No. III / March 2020 

A message from ISPAD's President

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us. This is a difficult time and constantly changing. We need to discard our fears, and remain logical, careful and calm. We need to stay on task, be responsible and encourage our patients. Pleasingly our colleagues in Italy and Middle East report that the children and adolescents with diabetes have not been adversely affected by infection, and many centers are using telemedicine for routine reviews rather than face to face consultations. Indeed just prior to ATTD in Madrid, there was a working party on "The Digital Clinic" led by Tadej Battelino and Moshe Phillip which was very timely.

JDRF have some great links for advice: and

The 6th ASPED-ISPAD-Lilly Diabetes Academy scheduled to be held in Bahrain has been rescheduled to October immediately before our ISPAD Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi. We welcome the delegates to our meeting. The conference is definitely going ahead at this stage and registrations are now open. We are monitoring the situation continuously.

2020 is the year ISPAD especially celebrates education with 20 years of the ISPAD Science Schools for Physicians. Many of you have been involved and it is a time for reflection and celebration. We are all educators, most of us enjoy teaching. Are we good teachers? What makes a memorable learning moment and how can we do better?
First Science School for Physicians in Berlin, 2000.
In postgraduate education in Africa, Neela Ray (from London, UK) spent two weeks teaching in February at PETCWA in Lagos representing ISPAD. The ASPAE Summer School has recently been held in Botswana with ISPAD representation by Chizo Agwu and Joe Wolfsdorf.

On a different education note, my University, University of Sydney, in its celebration of International Women's Day this month was proud that the first woman to study Medicine began in 1885, and then quoted from one of the Founders of our Medical School reflecting the views of the time: "Within certain limits, women have played a useful part in medical life" but advised whether a girl should study medicine "They would be much better employed if they got a nice frock and a nice man". How far have we come! More than half of ISPAD members are female!

Please spend your time wisely, and keep preparing your abstracts for submission to our Annual Congress in Abu Dhabi. We have opened up a Forum for discussion on COVID-19, I suggest you sign up!
Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020

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New Forum: COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The ISPAD Communications Committee would like to start a forum discussion for diabetes providers to discuss how the unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting their patients with diabetes.

Please share any clinical observations of the virus' impact on children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes. Please share any developing best practices from your unit's experience thus far. We are especially interested in hearing from providers from countries that have seen large surges of patients into the health care system.

In order to comment or share your observations on COVID-19, please click
here and sign in to your member profile. Click on “New Topic” in order to start a new discussion thread!

In order to subscribe to all future updates / comments in the COVID-19 Forum, simply click
here and select Forum Actions > Subscribe to Instant Updates.

Jamie Wood
Communications Director and Secretary General Elect

Children with Diabetes and ISPAD 20 Year Celebratory Dinner

The occasion was entitled “20 years of making a difference for children and adolescents living with diabetes”. This was a great occasion when we celebrated 20 years of ISPAD and Children With Diabetes working together. The speakers included Children with Diabetes Board Members: Jeff Hitchcock (the founder), Dr. George Grunberger, Kerri Sparling (PWD/mother/ author), Marissa Hitchcock Town (PWD and catalyst for CWD), Prof. Fiona Campbell (UK National Quality Improvement Programme) and Prof. David Maahs celebrating 20 years of Science Schools.
More than 100 people from 16 countries attended, and we finished with an astonishing Spanish birthday cake.
Many thanks to Sylvia Lyon, Mike Swearingen, Jeff Hitchcock for the organization, and for the generous support of Dexcom Inc., Tandem Diabetes, and Abbott Diabetes Care. 

CWD donated $25 per attendee to Life for A Child.

ISPAD Session at ATTD 2020 

The ISPAD-ATTD joint symposium titled “Unmet Technology Needs in Pediatric Diabetes” was held February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.  Three speakers gave perspectives from their regions: Dr. Roque Cardona-Hernandez “Unmet technology needs in minority people in Europe”, Dr. Asma Deeb “Unmet technology needs in Arabic region, Africa and Asia”, and Dr. Priya Prahalad “Unmet technology needs in minority people in North and South America”.
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ISPAD Clinical Practice Consensus Guidelines 2018

Chapter 15: Management of children and adolescents with diabetes requiring surgery

Surgery is a challenge for all – a patient with diabetes, family, diabetes team, and the medical team of surgeons, nurses, and anesthetists. This challenging situation requires trust that the medical team will manage diabetes-related tasks well – during the surgery and after, and that the poor control of diabetes will not affect the healing process.

This ISPAD chapter is crucial for all health-care professionals who take care of a patient with diabetes during surgical procedures. It covers topics like recommended blood glucose values during and after surgery and considers different types of insulin regimes.
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Registration and Abstract Submission for ISPAD 2020 is Now Open!


Our fee structure has been thoroughly revised in order to make ISPAD Conference more accessible for those who do not come from High Income Countries (as per World Bank classification) and thus, encourage a broader and more representative attendance. Click here for an overview of the registration fees.
If you are an ISPAD member, you can save up to $184 on the Early Registration Fee! ISPAD members are not only eligible for a reduced conference fee but also benefit from a variety of other advantages. Become a member

Any doubt? Please contact
Register now

Abstract Submission

Presenting your research at ISPAD‘s Annual Conference is a powerful way to make useful connections, gain international recognition for your work and receive valuable feedback. Accepted abstracts benefit from high visibility during and after the Conference.

Abstract submission is open since 26 February and will close on Friday, 1 May, 2020 at 23:59 CET. Have a look at the abstract categories for ISPAD 2020
here and a closer look at the scientific program here.
Submit your abstract here

ISPAD Science School for Healthcare Professionals 2020 - Call for Applications!

The 17th ISPAD Science School for Healthcare Professionals will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 11-13, 2020, immediately prior to the 46th Annual Conference of ISPAD. The three-day Science School is a foundation course in research methodology designed for allied healthcare professionals (dietitians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers) who have or wish to develop a research interest in diabetes in children and adolescents.
Applications are due by April 30, 2020.
Apply now

ISPAD Prizes: Call for Nominations and Applications!

ISPAD has a series of endowed prizes which reward individuals’ achievements in the field of diabetes in the young. All our prize recipients have demonstrated a commitment to the society’s values of Science, Education and Advocacy. All of the Prizes listed below are awarded during ISPAD’s Annual Conference:
  • ISPAD Prize for Achievement
  • ISPAD Lestradet Prize for Education and Advocacy
  • ISPAD Prize for Innovation in Pediatric Diabetes Care
  • ISPAD Young Investigator Award
The deadline to submit your nomination or application is May 11, 2020.
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Allan Drash & ISPAD-JDRF Fellowships 2020 - Call for Applications

ISPAD-JDRF Fellowship for ISPAD members below age 40, who wish to pursue a career in diabetes related research. It will cover $ 25,000 USD in research related expenses.
Expected project start: November 2020 - June 2021.
Please adhere to this timeframe as much as possible.
Application Deadline: September 4, 2020

Allan Drash Fellowship is for ISPAD members, physicians as well as non-physicians, below age 45 seeking to expand their clinical experience in diabetes management. The award is currently for US$7,500 and is intended for spending time (approximately 6 weeks) at an ISPAD Drash Host Center.
Expected fellowship start: June 2020 - June 2021.
Please adhere to this timeframe as much as possible.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020.
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Do you want to join SWEET for free?

Eight countries were included in the first round of the ISPAD@SWEET initiative, kindly supported by Eli Lilly. The grant allows smalls centers (< 150 patients) from non-high income countries to take part in the SWEET initiative. Selected centers will get free SWEET membership for two years, visit of a tutor to help them get started with the registering of patient data, a computer, a free database for the registry and one month’s salary for a local person to enter data into the database. The traveling costs to the annual SWEET meeting is covered for two years. After 2 years in this program, we assume that you will be able to take over the activities yourself in a self-sustainable way.  All data export to SWEET will be de-anonymized to meet ethical requirements.

We are happy to announce the second round of the ISPAD@SWEET initiative which will involve four more countries. If you would like your center to apply, please send a message to SWEET ( copying Ragnar Hanas ( in order to receive the application forms. Deadline is March 30, 2020.
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Upcoming Events

Science School for Physicians 2020
Dates: 09/13/2020 » 09/17/2020
Location: Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom

Science School for Healthcare Professionals 2020
Dates: 10/11/2020 » 10/13/2020
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

ASPED-ISPAD-Lilly Diabetes Academy
Dates: 10/12/2020 » 10/13/2020
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

ISPAD 2020
Dates: 10/14/2020 » 10/17/2020
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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