World Diabetes Day events at the School of Medicine

World Diabetes Day, the global awareness campaign for diabetes, will be celebrated on Nov. 14, 2008. The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization introduced the campaign in 1991 in response to the alarming rise in diabetes prevalence. The date marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, conducted pioneering research that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

The Washington University Diabetes Research Training Center (DRTC) will hold a Diabetes Day Symposium on Nov. 14, 2008 in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center. The target audience is Washington University physician-scientists with an interest in diabetes and its complications, as well as their trainees.

The event will showcase outstanding recent developments in diabetes research, increase knowledge related to diabetes research and foster new scientific collaborations. The program will enhance knowledge directly related to the care of patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome and provide insights on emerging diagnostics and therapeutics in the field.

The scientific symposium is being coordinated with a hypertension and diabetes program on Nov. 15, 2008 at the Farrell Conference Room in the Center for Advanced Medicine. Washington University physicians will discuss the link between diabetes and hypertension. Blood pressure and diabetes screening will be available. The goal of this program is to increase awareness of hypertension and diabetes, promote risk-factor modification, and educate the public regarding on-going clinical studies at Washington University.

World Diabetes Day Symposium Nov. 14, 2008 Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)

12 noon-2 pm: Posters and lunch in the atrium

Presenters are trainees and principal investigators from Diabetes Research Training Center. Posters will be judged by the DRTC board members.

Followed by program in the Connor Auditorium

2:00-2:10 Kenneth Polonsky, M.D., Adolphus Busch Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Welcome, Introductory Remarks

2:10-2:30 Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Regulation of beta cell growth and plasticity by akt/PKB signaling

2:30-2:40 M. Alan Permutt, M.D., Professor of Medicine; Director, Diabetes Research Training Center; Washington University School of Medicine

Remarks and presentation of poster awards

2:40-3:30 Graeme Bell, Ph.D., Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine, University of Chicago

Diabetes mellitus—a model for genetics and personalized medicine

3:30-4:20 Domenico Accili, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Columbia University

Forkhead proteins and the pathogenesis of diabetes

4:20-4:30 Jean Schaffer, M.D., Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor in Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Closing remarks

Diabetes Day Events at Center for Advanced Medicine Nov. 15, 2008 sponsored by Barnes-Jewish Hospital

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Angela Brown, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, and Janet McGill, M.D., associate professor of medicine, as they discuss the link between diabetes and hypertension and the vital steps to help control the risk factors.

Light refreshments will be served and cardiac clinical specialists will be available from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. to check blood pressures.

Center for Advanced Medicine Farrell Conference Room, third floor 4921 Parkview Place St. Louis, MO 63110

For information, contact Marsha Farmer at 747-3357 or