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Diabesity - A World-Wide Challenge
Brussels, Belgium
9 February 2012

Brussels, 8 February 2012

When? Brussels, 9 February 2012
What? "Diabesity ­ A World-Wide Challenge" – conference with media point
Where? European Commission, Charlemagne building
170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
Who? Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Director Health, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission 
When? Media point with Ruxandra Draghia-Akli: 9 February 2012, 13:15-13:45

This 2-day event will bring together some 200 leading scientists, funding agencies, policy-makers and other key players from Europe, Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, United States, and other countries.

It will present the research landscape and explore opportunities for greater international cooperation and new research partnerships to defuse the "ticking time bomb" of diabetes and obesity.

The media highlights of the event are:

  • the morning plenary of day 1 at which the main funding agencies will discuss the key challenges and the potential to link international research programmes and set up new partnerships;
  • during the afternoon of day 1, the presentation of a new EU-funded €16 million research project cluster on gene-environment interactions in diabetes and obesity, focussing on South Asian, Mediterranean, and sub-Saharan African populations (the Commission will publish a separate press release and memo on 9 February on this subject);
  • at the media point, organised in a dedicated area in front of the plenary room, you will have the opportunity to speak to Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli about the conference and its context.

Participating journalists will receive a press pack containing:

  • The press release and memo on the new diabetes research projects
  • The final event programme
  • The bionote of Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli

Media contacts:
Salvador Ruiz Carillo de Albornoz: +32 2 29 55589
Peter Löffler: +32 2 29 80761 (GSM on 9 February: +32 486 93 61 90)

The conference website is

Attendance is free of charge but travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered. Please report to the on-site registration desk after your arrival.

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