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29.06.2012 13:33

"Tsunami" Diabetes: In Focus of Experts from Northern Europe and Arab Countries

Dr. Heinrich Cuypers General Secretary

    The life style disease Diabetes mellitus has become a dramatic global challenge, not at least due to increased living standards worldwide. About 25% of the Arab and 7%of the German adult population is affected. Diabetes experts from the Baltic Sea Region and the United Arab Emirates meet at the 2nd Baltic Sea Region Health Meeting “Diabetes mellitus – Global Challenge and Innovative Solutions” in Rostock, Germany, to present and discuss latest developments and examples of best practice to develop joint strategies to combat the disease. The international conference is held in parallel to the 8th National Conference for Health Economics, July 4th to 5th , 2012.

    The aim of the two-day meeting is to present recent development of the global disease Diabetes mellitus, to learn from newest examples of disease management and control methods, and to strengthen collaboratation between Northern Europe, the Arab countries and overseas. Northern Europe is recognized as one of the leading clusters of excellence in diagnosis, therapy and prevention of diabetes. The participation of experts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a result of North Germany´s presentation at the health fair "Arab Health" in Dubai in early 2012 realized in cooperation between the German Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Economy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the competence network BioCon Valley.

    Diabetes mellitus occurs in the Arab world at a young age to above average frequency. About 25% of the adult population is affected according to the Ministry of Health in Dubai, local medical doctors estimate the prevalence of the disease higher than 50 %. The spread of the disease is rising worldwide. It is a creeping disease whose harmful effects increase over years and cause deleterious effects such as blindness, neuropathy, myocardial and cerebral infarction and loss of extremities in patients who are not in state-of-the-art care. Diabetes is not only a severe burden to the patient, but also to society in general since the costs of therapy have increased tremendously. The IDF International Diabetes Federation speaks of the "epidemic of the 21st Century".

    More than 70 experts will discuss the topic in three main workshops: " Diabetes Mellitus – How can we Escape the Tsunami?", " Diabetes Management and Prevention - Examples from the Baltic Sea Region" and "Innovative Solutions for a Personalized Diabetes Management and Prevention" with case studies from Germany, the Baltic Sea Region, the UAE and the USA.

    The meeting is part of the framework of the ScanBalt Health Region Flagship, lead by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, and Lithuania in cooperation with ScanBalt BioRegion. ScanBalt Health Region Flagship was approved by the EU-Commission within its Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The mission of the Flagship is to set up cross-sectoral and transnational reference projects for collaboration and innovations in both health and in life sciences in order to promote Public Health on a high and sustainable level and to make the region a globally leading and prosperous Health Region. Financial support from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the European Union is kindly acknowledged. The event is part of the EU project "Eco4Life - South Baltic Network for Environmental and Life Sciences to boost cross-border cooperation".

    The National Conference for Health Economics is implemented since 2005 by the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, and realized annually in Rostock. The conference deals with the entire width of the healthcare industry and attracts usually more than 600 participants. In plenary sessions general trends are presented in the healthcare industry and the potential for interdisciplinary successful collaboration is discussed. Congress President is the President of the Board of Health Economics of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Prof. Dr. Dr. hc (mult.) Horst Klinkmann.

    We welcome you in Rostock!

    Dr. Wolfgang Blank
    Chairman ScanBalt fmba, CEO BioCon Valley GmbH

    Prof Dr Wolfgang Motz
    Klinikum Karlsburg GmbH, Stiftung "Der herzkranke Diabetiker"

    Media representatives are cordially invited!

    PROGRAM of the 2nd Baltic Sea Health Region Meeting: “Diabetes mellitus – Global Challenge and Innovative Solutions”

    Wednesday, July 4th 2012

    14.45 - 15.15 Introduction
    Dr. Wolfgang Blank | ScanBalt Chairman, CEO BioCon Valley (R) GmbH, Greifswald-
    Rostock, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Motz | Direktor Klinikum Karlsburg, Karlsburg, Germany
    Dr. Abdulrahman Shihabi | Deutsch-Arabische Medizinische Gesellschaft

    15.15 - 17.15 Workshop: "Diabetes Mellitus as a Global Challenge – How Can We Escape the Tsunami?”
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Diethelm Tschöpe l Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad
    Oeynhausen, Germany
    Dr. Abdulrazzaq Al Madani l Dubai Health Authority, UAE

    Diabetes Mellitus – the Underestimated Global Challenge
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Diethelm Tschöpe | Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad
    Oeynhausen, Germany

    Diabetes in the Arab World – Experiences and Challenges
    Dr. Abdulrazzaq Al Madani l Dubai Health Authority, UAE

    80 Years of Experiences in Therapy of Diabetes
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kerner | Herz- und Diabeteszentrum Klinikum Karlsburg, Germany

    Transcultural Diabetes Care
    Dr. Thomas Kunt | Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Prerequisites for Comprehensive Telemedicine Networks – Case Analysis for Diabetes
    Ralph-Georg Wöhrl | Deutsche Telekom, T-System, Germany

    18.30 Reception together with the 8th National Sector Conference on Health Economy

    Thursday, July 5th 2012
    09.00 Welcome session 8th National Sector Conference on Health Economy
    Dr. Bernhard Heitzer State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economy, Berlin, Germany
    Harry Glawe Minister of Economics, Labour and Tourism State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin, Germany

    09.30 – 11.00 Workshop "Diabetes Management and Prevention - Examples from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond”
    Prof. Dr. Ralf Schiel | Inselklinikum Heringsdorf, Germany
    Jaanus Pikani l ScanBalt fmba, Estonian Genome Foundation, Estland

    Campus Diabetes Karlsburg
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Motz & Dr. Eckhard Salzsieder | Herz- und Diabeteszentrum
    Klinikum Karlsburg, Deutschland & “Gerhardt Katsch”Institut Karlsburg e.V.,

    Best Practice: Translating Diabetes Research into Health Services
    Dr. Wilfred de Jonge | University Hospital Groningen, Netherlands

    Diabetes Therapy in Lithuania
    Dr. Vida Augustiniene | Litauische Diabetes Gesellschaft, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Diabetes Management and Prevention in Arabic countries
    Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Nicolas Abu-Tara | Universität Hamburg, Germany

    Diabetes and Cancer: Situation in Westpomerania
    Prof. Dr. Jan Lubinski | Pomeranian Medicine University Szczecin, Poland

    11.00 - 11.15 Coffee Break

    11.15 - 12.45 Workshop “ Innovative Solutions for Personalized Diabetes Management and Prevention“
    Prof. Dr. Hans Jochen Brauns | DG Telemed, Berlin, Germany
    Dr. Eckhard Salzsieder | Institut für Diabetes “Gerhardt Katsch” Karlsburg e.V., Germany

    Best Practice: Crossborder Personalised Diabetes Management in UAE
    Dr. Raman Shihabi & Dr. Petra Augstein | Institute of Diabetes Shihabi Clinic / Al Ain Center Dubai UAE & Institute of Diabetes “Gerhardt Katsch” Karlsburg e.V., Germany

    Mobile IT Tools for Personalised Health Care in Diabetes
    Prof. Ole Hejlesen | Aalborg University,Denmark

    Innovative Solutions from the Patients Viewpoint
    Prof. Dr. Hans Jochen Brauns | DG Telemed, Berlin, Germany

    Global Diabetes Health Initiative
    Dr. Fouad Kandeel | City of Hope, Los Angeles, USA

    12.45 - 13.00 Summary

    13.15 - 14.00 Closing Session together with 8th National Sector Conference on Health Economy

    BioCon Valley GmbH
    Dr. Heinrich Cuypers
    Walther-Rathenau-Straße 49 a
    17489 Greifswald, Germany
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