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ISPAD Newsletter 12/2018

ISPAD NEWS No IX/ November-December 2018

A message from ISPAD's President and Past-President

I am greatly honored and very excited to become the new President of ISPAD. I have been inspired during my year as President Elect on the Executive Board and Advisory Council: it has been a pleasure to work with you all.

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Joe Wolfsdorf who as President, has shown outstanding vision and clear leadership for ISPAD. He has served ISPAD’s mission unswervingly, steering the course of advocacy for all children and young people with diabetes globally. This was demonstrated so clearly by ISPAD visiting India, the country with the second highest population of childhood diabetes. Always warm and gentlemanly, Joe has fostered many new projects and ideas; and expansion of ISPAD for all healthcare professionals looking after children with diabetes.

Read full message from ISPAD President

Kim Donaghue
ISPAD President 2018-2020

Because ISPAD had never before hosted a conference on the Indian subcontinent, I confess I had some trepidation about whether the conference would be well attended. My concerns were unfounded, and I was profoundly gratified to participate in and preside over a wonderfully successful 44th Annual Conference whose theme “Reaching the Unreached” was attended by 1035 delegates from 69 countries, including 472 from India, 26 and 18 from Bangladesh and Iran, respectively. If not for some difficulties obtaining visas in a timely fashion, attendance would undoubtedly have been even greater.

The resounding success of this conference can be attributed to the savvy, hard work and careful planning of the local conveners, Drs. Anju Virmani and Banshi Saboo and their scientific committee, together with Franck Brizé and colleagues from K.I.T. Group, and the local team from KW Conferences. To all, we owe our profound gratitude for their tireless efforts. Their responsiveness and meticulous attention to innumerable details – both large and small – ensured that more than 1,000 delegates from all over the globe had a marvelous educational, cultural, culinary, and social experience in Hyderabad. We cannot hold you accountable for the Friday night traffic in Hyderabad! There were many highlights (click on ISPAD 2018 - Conference Highlights in this newsletter) – among them the Udaan troupe of 21 dancers (all happen to have type 1 diabetes) who entertained us at the opening ceremony. The children travelled by train nearly 600 kilometers from Aurangabad to Hyderabad to entertain us with a variety of classical and folk dances that captured the color and energy of India and its youth. These children from poor families in remote villages are supported by Dr. Archana Sarda and CDiC. They stole my heart and reminded me why I am deeply committed to the ISPAD mission.

Read full message from ISPAD Past-President

Joseph Wolfsdorf
ISPAD Past-President (2016-2018)

ISPAD 2018 - Conference Highlights

The 44th Annual Conference of ISPAD, in Hyderabad, India was the first time ISPAD went to a low-resource country.

ISPAD 2018 Conference Presidents Anju Virmani and Banshi Saboo have written about what made this conference so special. Click here to read about the highlights!


ISPAD 2018 - Conference Resource Platform

Did you miss a session during ISPAD 2018 in Hyderabad, India? Want to see a session again? Or perhaps you couldn’t participate this year? Then visit our online Conference Resource Platform that hosts the webcasts, abstracts, and ePosters of the last three annual conferences. All you need to do is create an account – it is absolutely free of charge.

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!

ISPAD 2019 - Save the Date!


Date: October 30 – November 2, 2019
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Boston, USA

Boston, as one of the oldest cities in the United States, is the perfect place to meet and reach for the summits of diabetes research and care. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet your peers, share experiences and exchange research insights! The program will focus on current basic and clinical research and provide up-to-date reviews in the field of pediatric diabetes care.

Take a look at to get a first insight. Early registration and abstract submission will open in March 2019.

We will inform you about the exact date by the beginning of 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you in Boston!

ISPAD Future Conferences


ISPAD is well known for the variety and diversity of its conference destinations.
We carefully select destinations that balance the need to reach our global constituents with the need for first class conference infrastructure. The Executive Board’s decision follows a rigorous process with criteria including questions of finance and sustainability and the willingness of the local community to host the conference.

ISPAD 2019, October 30 - November 3, Boston United States
Conveners - Dr. Lori Laffel, Chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Section at Joslin Diabetes Center and Dr. Joseph Wolfdorf, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital

ISPAD 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Conveners -Dr. Asma Deeb, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Clinical Professor at Mafraq Hospital and Gulf University

ISPAD 2021, Lisbon, Portugal
Conveners -Prof. Dr. Catarina Limbert, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Lusiadas Hospital


ISPAD 2022, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Conveners -Drs. Henk Veeze and Henk-Jan Aanstoot founders of the Diabeter Clinics in the Netherlands.

Click here to see the destinations for ISPAD's upcoming conferences!


ISPAD Elections 2018 - Results

Thank you to all the dedicated ISPAD Members who took the time to vote!


Click here to see who recently joined ISPAD’s Executive Board and Advisory Council.

For the nominees who did not get elected this year, we thank you for your participation. We welcome your nominations to run in the next elections!



Welcome New Members!

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of ISPAD!

We are pleased to welcome over 150 new members who have joined us since June!

Click here to see who has joined ISPAD over the past 6 months


World Diabetes Day 2018: The Family and Diabetes


The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day was the Family and Diabetes.

ISPAD fully recognizes the role of the family in pediatric diabetes care and is aware of the impact that T1D has on the family.

Read more about the psychological challenges of families of children & adolescents with diabetes here and help raise awareness by sharing this article on social media!

ISPAD Guidelines 2018

Released last October, ISPAD’s Clinical Practice Consensus Guidelines are the only comprehensive set of clinical recommendations for children, adolescents, and young adults with diabetes worldwide! Authors include experts from across the globe and a chapter on limited care for developing healthcare systems has also been developed.

Click here to view the full list of chapters and find out more about them!

Click here to find out what's new in the 2018 Guidelines
(presentation given by ISPAD Guidelines 2018 Co-Editor, Dr. Ethel Codner). You just need a free account to view this webcast on ISPAD's Conference Resource Platform.

The distribution of the ISPAD Guidelines 2018 at ISPAD 2018 was kindly supported by Lilly Diabetes*

*Lilly Diabetes had no influence on the contents or scope of the ISPAD Guidelines 2018


Science School for Healthcare Professionals
- Call for Faculty Members!

Every year ISPAD organizes a three-day Science School specifically designed for allied healthcare professionals (e.g. dietitians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers) who have or wish to develop a research interest in diabetes in children and adolescents.

We are currently looking for ISPAD Members interested in joining our course Faculty from October 2019 onwards in the course of 3 consecutive years.

Click here to learn more about the application criteria and how to apply.


Science School for Physicians 2019 - Save the Date!


We invite pediatric endocrinology and/or diabetes fellows as well as early pediatric endocrinology/diabetes faculty from around the globe to attend the 19th Annual ISPAD Science School for Physicians.The Science School will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on September 8- 12 , 2019.

Call for applications will be opened in January 2019!

ISPAD Science School for Physicians 2019 – Call for Mentors!

Dr Dick Mul, the convenor of ISPAD's Science School for Physicians 2019 (SSP 2019) is looking for 3 or 4 mentors for the SSP 2019.

Applicants must:

  • Be members of the JENIOUS Group
  • Have previously attended an ISPAD Science School for Physicians

Applicants should preferably come from Europe (due to the School's location in 2019).

All interested people, who would like to be mentors at the 2019 Science School for Physicians in Rotterdam, may submit their CVs, including information regarding which Science School they have previously attended to Agata Chobot:


Pediatric Diabetes Reviewers


Reviewing manuscripts is an important part of academic and scientific life and one of our responsibilities as members of the Pediatric Diabetes Community. High-quality and timely reviews are critical to the continued reputation of Pediatric Diabetes.

Find out more about how to become involved by reading here a statement by Philip Scott Zeitler MD, PHD, Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Diabetes.



Over the past years ISPAD has supported the integration of diabetes clinical data in the SWEET database. This is becoming progressively a worldwide clinical registry. Such a registry will not only allow comparisons - benchmarking - between centers, but it can also contribute to combine forces in tackling diagnosic challenges, and in improving care for the rare forms of diabetes.

Click here to read the latest news about the SWEET project and find out how your clinic can join the ISPAD@SWEET Network!


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.


Upcoming Events

ISPAD Science School for Physicians 2019
Dates: 9/8/2019 » 9/12/2019
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

16th ISPAD Science School for Health Care 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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