On March 19-24, 2017, a total of 99 Post Doc fellows, third-year PhD students and prominent national and international speakers attended Danish Diabetes Academy's 3rd Winter School in Malaga with focus on different aspects of prevention and treatment of diabetes as well as career development.
Before the beginning of the official programme on March 20, attendees were welcomed with an openning reception dinner on March 19, where people were seated according to their Diabetes Challenge 2017 teams in order for them to get properly introduced to each other.
THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WITHIN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DIABETES WERE COVERED
The overall sessions of the scientific programme included: Pharmacology; Foetal Programming; Diabetes epidemiology; Integrative physiology of type 2 diabetes; Early onset diabetes; Lifestyle interventions; Career development; Diabetes complications; Technology.
INFORMAL LATE AFTERNOON POSTER SESSIONS
The first two late afternoons were scheduled to one-minute poster presentations followed by an informal poster session that generated a lot of questions and strengthened networking. Lise Bjerregaard won the 1st prize and Marie Aare Bentsen won the 2nd prize for best poster presented by Professor Kurt Højlund, Danish Diabetes Academy board member.
DIABETES CHALLENGE GROUP WORK AND SOLUTION PITCHES
All participants were invited to take part in the Diabetes Challenge 2017 based on two individual tracks: one on Precision Medicine presented by Professor Paul Franks and one on Diabetes Epidemiology presented by Professor Daniel Witte. The key purpose was to create an interdisciplinary learning context where basic and clinical researchers cooperate across different research areas and as a result hopefully come up with great ideas to help patients getting a better life with diabetes.
Go to www.diabeteschallenge.dk for more information about the challenge and its content.
On Thursday March 23, all 16 challenge teams presented their very creative and inspiring solutions in 5 minute pitches on 9 power point slides.
The teams' solutions were evaluated by a panel of 7 judges: Henning Beck-Nielsen, Daniel Witte, Paul Franks, Kurt Højlund, Dorte Møller Jensen, Torben Hansen and Louise Torp Dalgaard.
The winners of Diabetes Challenge 2017 within the three stated categories are:
Team 14 (Daniel Witte's challenge): Ekaterina Maslova, Anna Sofie Husted, Laura Dearden
Team 4 (Paul Franks' challenge): Kasper Olesen, Pernille R. Mogensen, Anne Mette Lund Würtz, Eleonora Galosi
Most Visionary Solution
Team 10 (Daniel Witte's challenge): Elahu Sustarsic, Juan De Toro Martin, Pedram Shokouh, Venessa Pellegrinelli
Team 6 (Paul Franks' challenge): Pall Karlsson, Tulika Arora, Marie Aare Bentsen
Most Promising Team
Team 1: Adam Hulman, Andrea Van Hulst, Camilla Maria Mandrup, Florence Figeac
FREE TIME ACTIVITIES - PADDLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
During the allocated time for free time activities the participants were challenged to take part in a paddle tennis tournament, which awoke certain people's inner competitive side. All in all, the excellent weather allowed the participants to enjoy the surrounding nature and outdoor sports activities during the breaks - the hotel resort had everything you could possibly think of in one place including 3 restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, paddle tennis, tennis, beach volley, a gym, a spa and even a hair dresser.
WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO REPEAT THE SUCCESS AGAIN NEXT YEAR
The Danish Diabetes Academy secretariat thanks all invited speakers for sharing their knowledge and research and all Post Docs and PhD students for raising relevant questions, taking part in discussions, and presenting their work - you all took part in making the Winter School a success, which we hope that we will be able to repeat again next year!