More than 120 physicians, nurses and students took part in the
4th ISPAD Postgraduate Course and Conference “CHANGING DIABETES” www.ispad.org. Representatives of 14 countries (Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, Romania, the
Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, etc.) had the opportunity to listen to
lectures, participate in discussions and meet contemporary leaders in childhood
diabetes, including Prof.
Francesco Chiarelli from
Chieti, Italy - Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology
(ESPE) and Prof. Orit Pinhas-Hamiel from Israel, leader in insulin pump therapy. During the high-level scientific forum, state-of-the-art science and
practice in the field of diabetes arising from genetic mutations beyond the
neonatal period were presented,
as well as information on direct access to free diagnostics. It was also noted that
Bulgaria is at the forefront of well-diagnosed cases, ahead of many European
countries and even the United States. For the first time a young scientist
session was organized, in which
Bulgarian and Italian doctors presented interesting cases from their practice.
The poster session, in which only Bulgarian posters took part, gave rise to a
strong interest.The second main focus of the course was the rare diseases, in which Varna
occupies a leading role in our country. Prof.
Faisal Ahmed from Glasgow, Chair of the
ESPE Scientific Committee, acquainted the participants with the registry for disorders
in sex differentiation as well as with the direction of future care
development. The course participants worked together with Prof.
Annemieke Boot, current director of
ESPE E-Learning Portal, on the diagnosis of rare bone diseases - Osteogenezis Imperfecta, genetic
and acquired forms of osteoporosis, etc. Prof. Anita Hocken-Kollega, director
of the Dutch Growth Foundation, presented the
current behaviour in Prader-Willi syndrome, sharing the difficulties on the way to
achieving it.Traditionally, the course was held with the support of Medical University-Varna
and University Hospital "St. Marina". For the first time in the forum
a lecture was organized for non-medical persons and parents interested in
contemporary knowledge on diabetes, after which Prof.
Chiarelli, Prof. Hamiel, Dr. von Zengbusch and Prof.
Yotova answered the questions of those present.You can watch an interview with Prof.
Chiarelli here.You can watch a video of the forum and listen to
Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova here.