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ISPAD Newsletter 05/2019
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ISPAD NEWS No V / May 2019
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A message from ISPAD's President

As May draws to an end, I hope all are making plans for our Scientific Meeting in Boston: a very good number of abstracts have been received so far.

I draw your attention to a great step forward in diabetes care which is the “Time in Range Consensus Statement” led by Tadej Battelino, Thomas Danne and Moshe Philip. It has now been endorsed by ADA as well as ISPAD; and will be presented at ADA next month and has been accepted for publication in “Diabetes Care”.

ISPAD Executive Board and Advisory Council will have meetings at ADA in June. The joint ADA/ISPAD Symposium is on Monday afternoon, June 10, 14:15-16:15, Understanding Heterogeneity in Pediatric Diabetes—First Step to Improving Outcomes. It is chaired by Ingrid Libman and David Maahs and speakers are Dana Dabelea, Andrea Steck, Maria Redondo and Silva Arslanian. There is also a discussion session Screening for Complications in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes - are we on the right path? on Friday June 7, 11:30-12:30, chaired by Petter Bjornstad and Katharine Garvey with presentations by myself and Des Schatz.

Thanks to ISPAD's historian, Stu Brink for the recent update on our website.

Lastly in my April newsletter message, I referred to the terrible events in Sri Lanka but failed to acknowledge the similar tragedy which occurred in Christchurch. Terrorism is to be deplored in all its guises.



Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020
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ISPAD 2019 - Early Registration Deadline!


Don't wait, register now to benefit from the Early Registration Fee and save up to 525 USD if you are registering as an ISPAD Member now!

Click here for an overview of the registration fees.

Early Registration Deadline: July 31, 2019

Want to know more about the scientific program? Click here to view the schedule.
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ISPAD 2019 - Submit an Abstract!
Last Chance to submit an abstract!

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 deadline: May 27, 2019, 23:59 CET.
For more information about Abstract submissions please see here.
Submit an Abstract now!
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ISPAD 2019 - Scientific Program


The program for the 45th annual ISPAD scientific meeting has been developed with the theme “The future of pediatric diabetes care and research starts NOW!”.

Advances in the care of young persons with diabetes are based on rigorous basic and clinical science that increases knowledge and understanding and leads to innovation in practice and care delivery. In addition to daily oral and poster sessions featuring new work in 15 distinct themes, each day will begin with a plenary session by world renowned investigators, followed by parallel symposia both in the morning and afternoon sessions devoted to major topics in basic and clinical science followed by clinical care applications.

The scope is ambitious, ranging from Family Education to Beta Cell Regeneration to Closing the Loop, just to name a few sessions, and is intended to attract and inform all members of diabetes multi-disciplinary care teams. Time has been deliberately allotted to allow delegates an opportunity to visit the exhibition area and for networking between sessions. The preliminary program (and ALL speakers have already confirmed their attendance) is available for viewing on the iPlanner.

We look forward to welcoming you to Boston and to an exciting and interactive ISPAD meeting!

ISPAD 2019 Conference Co-Presidents:



Lori Laffel Joseph Wolfsdorf
View the program here!
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Conference Resource Platform - Highlighted Chapters


Type 1 Diabetes in Preschools Children and in Adolescents


During the entire year 2019, we will facilitate your guidance through the ISPAD Guidelines 2018 by focusing at least once a month on a special chapter!

This month we are focusing on two new chapters!


Diabetes in Preschool Children
Preschool children are dependent on others for all aspects of their care. Diabetes during early childhood creates a psychosocial challenge for the families of these children. Successful management of infants and toddlers with diabetes depends on a well functioning and educated family, the availability of a diabetes health care team experienced in the treatment of these youngsters, and the involvement of the extended family, childcare personnel and others who play a role in their daily care.

For the families (primarily parents), diabetes teams, and other caregivers, including school and day-care staff members and babysitters, diabetes treatment is a constant challenge. Optimizing glycemic control for children in this age group often requires treatment using strategies that differ from those employed for older children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. These strategies need to take into consideration the cognitive, motor, and social immaturity of preschool children as well as their small body size and growth pattern.


Read more about the challenges that families of the youngest patients with diabetes face and how health-care professionals could support them in the ISPAD Guidelines chapter.

Watch the lectures from our online resource platform:
How to treat toddlers? by Frida Sundberg
Predictably unpredictable: managing food, insulin and expectations for toddlers with type 1 diabetes by Michelle Raymond

Chapter 17: Diabetes in Adolescents

Puberty is being recognized as one of the most challenging developmental stages of life. Adolescence is the transitional phase of development between childhood and emerging adulthood that incorporates the biological and psychosocial changes of puberty. It poses unique challenges on the individual with diabetes, the family, and the diabetes care team.

Therefore this ISPAD chapter focuses solely on Diabetes in Adolescents and aims to explain the challenges above, propose advice to solve or avoid them, and highlights the adolescents’ needs, including a need for independence, diabetes education about sexual health and contraception, alcohol and drug intake, and transition into adulthood and adult care. It’s a must read for any diabetes team member, both pediatric and adult care specialists.

Check the study on adolescent and parent attitudes towards transition and adolescent diabetes services by Vincent McDarby.

Find out more about behavioral interventions in adolescents with type 1 diabetes by Elizabeth Mayer-Davis


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




Click here for access to the platform and start browsing ISPAD content now!
Click here for access to the platform!
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Elections 2019 - Call for Nominations


Do you want to contribute more to ISPAD? Here is your chance to get involved!

We are looking for ISPAD's next:

  • President
  • Secretary General
  • Advisory Council members (3)

Applications from all continents are welcome!

Don't miss this chance to shape & drive our society's future and submit a nomination form now!
Deadline for Nominations is: July 15, 2019

Submit your Nomination!
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ISPAD Draft Guideline - Fasting Ramadan by young people with Diabetes

The launch of the ISPAD Guidelines 2018 was a great success! We are happy to announce one additional chapter ready for you to review and comment on:

Fasting Ramadan by young people with Diabetes

Authors: Asma Deeb, Nancy Elbarbary, Carmel Smart, Salem A Beshyah, Abdelhadi Habeb, Sanjay Kalra, Ibrahim Al Alwan, Amir Babiker, Reem Al Amoudi, Aman Bhakti Pulungan, Khadija Humayun, Umer Issa, Mohamed Yazid, Rakesh Sanhay, Zhanay Akanov, Lars Krogvold, & Carine de Beaufort

Special thanks to Professor Joseph Wolfsdorf for editorial work on this chapter.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and input on this chapter.

Kind regards,

David Maahs
ISPAD Secretary General

Read the entire Chapter!
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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 $ 25,000 USD in research related expenses!

Application Deadline: September 19, 2019

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

Apply Now!
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CDiC Manual - Spanish Translation




Already published in English and in French, the Changing Diabetes in Children manual is now available in Spanish!
In collaboration with ISPAD, Novo Nordisk has developed a training manual specific to the diagnosis, treatment and organizing of diabetes care for children in developing countries.The manual is specifically geared towards healthcare professionals in developing countries.

discover the whole manual here
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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 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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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!

Read other member testimonials
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ISPAD Donation


Would you like to support ISPAD more?

Members can now donate to ISPAD here!

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 above link.

Make a donation here!
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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

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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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