More than 100 delegates attended the public gathering ‘Diabetes- it’s complicated’ last evening in Aras Moyola at National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway. Six multidisciplinary talks were delivered on a variety of topics including what makes Galway a great place for cell therapy and for advancing treatments in diabetes, diabetic eye disease, what are stem cells and why they are medically interesting, impaired bone fracture repair in people with diabetes, current state of the art treatment for foot ulcers and keeping pre-diabetes in check.
The purpose of the gathering was to raise awareness of what Irish researchers are doing in conjunction with expert partners across the EU to address the clinical challenges of caring for people with complications of Type 2 diabetes.
Speakers included NUI Galway Professor of Medicine, Consultant Endocrinologist and REDDSTAR Coordinator Tim O’Brien; Prof Noemi Lois MD of Queen’s University Belfast; Danielle Nicholson REDDSTAR Dissemination Officer, Dr Cynthia Coleman PhD NUI Galway, Prof Caroline McIntosh Discipline of Podiatry at NUI Galway and Dr Donal O’ Gorman of the DEXLIFE project based at Dublin City University.
In conjunction with the event, the NUI Galway students of Podiatry conducted a free foot screening for the public in the afternoon. This took place in the Podiatry Skills Laboratory in Aras Moyola. One meeting delegate wrote:
Thank you for inviting me to this presentation; it’s always great to hear the perspective of other disciplines, I was particularly interested in the lecture on diabetic retinopathy and the fact that lifestyle choices can make such a difference to the progression of type II diabetes.
You did a great job explaining the difference between embryonic stem cells and those derived from bone marrow and the possible uses of stem cells.
A most informative evening, thank you.