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SWEET e.V. - 10th Anniversary Meeting - April 11 – 12 , 2018 (Florence, Italy)

This was the 10-year anniversary of SWEET.  Ninety persons participated in the meeting. There are 32 centers with > 150 patients and 14 centers with < 150 patients who now are members, 57 centers are “in progress”. Seventy-six centers have contributed to the database with 46,000 patients and 498,000 visits.

Discussion on open / un-blinded benchmarking is ongoing among members and will enable improvement. More and more centers agree to this as it is the only way to find out which individual centers are performing well in different areas of care and why, and then be able to improve other services in a similar way. Centers then can learn and benefit from each other.
A new structure for the management of the program is provided by 5 HUB centers in different regions (Europe, Asia/Middle East, Australasia, North America/Canada, South America) with defined responsibilities. One hub will be in India, led by Banshi Saboo who has invited Anju and ISPAE to collaborate. Hubs will provide audits of clinics in nearby countries.
ISPAD@SWEET can be the way forward for smaller centers (<150 patients). The purpose is:

  •  Help establish and maintain local, regional and national international registries of young people diagnosed with diabetes
  • Help centers to join SWEET as collaborative centers, but also make it possible for small centers to join (< 150 pat.)
  • Encourage benchmarking around the world

24 centers from all over the world already expressed their interest.
Lilly grant for ISPAD@SWEET:

  • Stipend for 2 weeks incl. travel for tutor from SWEET center
  •  Computer for DPV database
  •  1 month salary for local person to set up registry
  • 2 years of membership fee

The grant supports a strategy for sustainability of SWEET and will grant 8 centers in the first year, and 5 centers in the second year.
The chosen countries are:

  •  > 150 patients (Center of reference/Collaborating center)
    Iran, Egypt, Thailand
  • < 150 patients (Associated center)
    Romania, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal

The constitution of an Advisory Board was introduced in addition to the Executive Committee, which can flexibly be adapted to the needs and interests of SWEET, and which isn’t stated in the bye-laws. The current constitution is: 

  •  Brigitte Klinkenbijl Dexcom 
    Stefan Kaspers Boehringer 
    Felipe Lauand Sanofi 
    Alexander Seibold Abbott 
    Reinhard Holl University Ulm, Germany 
    Anja Strootker Incite-PA, consultant 
    Ragnar Hanas SWEET@ISPAD Initiative 
    Bärbel Aschemeier Diabetes center, Hannover, Germany 
    Maurizio Guidi Lilly, Peer Review working group, SWEET@ISPAD Initiative

SWEET Executive Committee has been elected during the membership assembly in Florence on April 11/12. 

  • Chairman: Thomas Danne (SWEET center member)
  • Vice Chairman: Natalie Papo (Medtronic)
  • Treasurer: Peter Gerhardsson (Dexcom)
  • 3 Board members: 

o Michael Witsch (SWEET center member)
o David Maahs (ISPAD)
o Imane Benabbad (Lilly)


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