DIABESITY - A World-Wide Challenge
Towards a global initiative on gene-environment interactions in diabetes/obesity in specific populations
European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170
Brussels, 9-10 February 2012
Diabetes causes severe health complications and is the fifth leading cause of death world-wide. The number of persons suffering from the "type 2" form of this disease is set to rise to some 900 million globally by 2030, with devastating health and economic implications. To counter this sinister scenario, increasing attention is given to research into the environmental and genetic risk factors for diabetes and obesity in specific populations. Under its current Research Framework Programme, the European Union supports a series of major scientific projects to better understand and combat type-2 diabetes.
The Health Directorate of the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation organised the conference DIABESITY-A World-Wide Challenge , in Brussels on 9-10 February 2012. The conference took place at the European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, in the presence of Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI, Director for Health, DG Research & Innovation.
This conference brought together, leading scientists in the field from across the globe, national funding agencies from different parts of the world, national, european and international policy-makers, other key players in the field. The conference took this global approach further by presenting the state of play and by exploring opportunities for even greater international cooperation and new partnerships.
Conference report ( 1.26MB).
Please consult the list below to view conference material:
Find further information on research EU-funded projects in the area of Diabetes& Obesity here
You can access the SICA cluster of 4 EU-funded projecs in diabesity on specific populations here ( 1.12MB)