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ISPAD News 07/2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
ISPAD NEWS                                                                          No.VII / July 2020

A message from ISPAD's President

We continue to live and work in a time of ambiguity and uncertainty with COVID-19. We need to remember all the great things that we have done in the past, and and focus on what we do now and in the future.

ISPAD congratulates Past President Zvi Laron on the recent opening of the Zvi Laron Library at Tel Aviv University. He has been a pioneer in Pediatric Endocrinology globally and indeed a founding member for ISGD (International Study Group for Pediatric Diabetes) in 1974. He was ISGD’s first Secretary General 1975-1979, and President 1993-1996 while Stu Brink was Secretary-General, and thus oversaw the transitioning to ISPAD. It is planned for some ISGD and ISPAD Memorabilia to be available there.

The awaited ISPAD JDRF survey is now active, “The global state of T1D”. We plan to have an update of the survey and other results with early action plans at our 46th Annual Conference in October.

Thank you for submitting abstracts for our Annual Conference, we received a record number for a virtual meeting: 220 abstracts. We look forward to their presentation during our 46th Annual Conference in October 15-17. Please organize your clinics so that you can fully participate in ISPAD 2020 Virtual: Connecting. Collaborating. Caring. "A better world for children, adolescents and people with diabetes".

2020 is the year ISPAD marks 20 years of education with the Science Schools. I include a photo of the 6th ISPAD Science School for Physicians in 2005 convened by Joe Wolfsdorf in Boston.
Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020

Table of Contents 

ISPAD-JDRF Survey: The Global State of T1D

The ISPAD-JDRF survey is now active, “The global state of T1D”, designed to better understand health outcomes and access to care of people living with Type 1 Diabetes globally. The goal is to equip patients and health professionals with fresh new evidence that will help secure the resources they need. In the lead-up to the centenary of insulin’s discovery, these data will help the global community sound the call for change. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete in the next three weeks, by August 12.

It is planned to have an update of the survey and other results with early action plans at our 46th Annual Conference in October. There are also opportunities for you to get involved right now, e.g. providing commentary on initial results (e.g. for your country) and helping develop action plans for health professionals. You can indicate your interest in the survey itself or by reaching out directly to Jami Goodman (

Take the survey

ISPAD 2020:

Scientific Program Now Online!

Join the ISPAD community from 15 to 17 October 2020! The scientific program promises a high-level conference, so be part of our virtual adventure! Click below to access the iPlanner.
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New Registration Fees!

Our registration fees for the ISPAD 2020 Virtual edition have been designed to address the widest attendance! From now on, attendees from all regions of the world that do not belong to the High Income Countries benefit from a reduced fee. And of course, an additional discount applies as usual to all ISPAD members as well as students and Allied Healthcare Professionals. Learn more here .
Register Now!

Help us Spread the Word!

Do not hesitate to forward this Newsletter to your friends, peers and colleagues! If you want to become the ambassador of ISPAD 2020 Virtual, you’ll find here  our media kit that will allow you to forward or insert in your messages our banner, logos and save the date message. Thank you in advance!
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Latest information on COVID-19: 

Forum on COVID-19

ISPAD´s Forum on COVID-19 was created two months ago to discuss together how this unprecedented global pandemic is affecting patients with diabetes.

We are looking to exchange more information and experiences with you all. In order to comment or share your observations on COVID-19, please sign in to your member profile here.

Need content ideas? Check out ISPAD COVID-19 Section here
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COVID-19 Outbreak & Pediatric Diabetes - Survey Results Online!

2020 will be remain in our memory as the year of the pandemic with a huge impact on individuals, families, societies, and healthcare.

How have healthcare professionals and young people with diabetes in their care as well as their families perceived this?

To collect some insights, in early April our Egyptian colleague Nancy Elbarbary proposed a survey amongst healthcare professionals (HCP) that care for children with diabetes, to document their perceptions, challenges and experience during this period. This was realized as a team effort; with over 200 centers in 75 countries that participated.  A big thanks to all of you who filled out this survey!

The good news is the mild/moderate symptomatology in children with diabetes (as opposed to adults with diabetes) and increased use of telecommunication. More details on the outcome and the reported challenges are now published in Pediatric Diabetes.

Carine de Beaufort

Download the paper here

ISPAD Membership Fees Important Updates!

ISPAD is pleased to introduce three new ways through which we are responding to our members’ needs, starting from July 1, 2020:

1 - A revision of the Income Groups & Fee Structure
2 - A new Membership Category for the entire Diabetes Teams
3 - A new Membership Term: Rolling Membership

With this new structure, ISPAD is looking to encourage a broad and diverse membership, which will represent different regions and professions around the world.
We encourage all our members to carefully read about the new fees prior to renewing their membership!

If you have any questions, please contact the ISPAD Secretariat!
Find out more about the new fees!

ISPAD-JDRF Research Fellowship 2020

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

Expected project start: November 2020 - June 2021.

Please adhere to this timeframe as much as possible

Application deadline is September 4, 2020.
Read more

JENIOUS Group Elections 2020 - Stay tuned!


The JENIOUS Group elections will be held in autumn. Further information will follow soon.

Click here to find out more about the JENIOUS Group. 

Health care professionals, exercise and type 1 diabetes questionnaire

The ISPAD group of young investigators (JENIOUS) and the organization DiAthlete have joined forces to create a questionnaire to evaluate the global range of knowledge and attitudes towards exercise prescribed to children (and their carers) and young people with type 1 diabetes.

Please support us with your valuable answers to our type 1 diabetes and exercise questionnaire to help generate an impact towards the strategies in which healthcare professionals are trained in this field and share it with your friends/colleagues who take care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Questionnaire form:

Thank you.

Paula Chinchilla, DiAthlete
Gavin Griffiths, DiAthlete
Klemen Dovc on behalf of the JENIOUS Leadership

Upcoming Events

ISPAD 2020
Dates: 10/15/2020 » 10/17/2020
Format: Virtual

ISPAD Science School for Physicians
Dates: 05/02/2021 » 05/06/2021
Location: Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
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