On August 28-31, 2017, a total of 70 PhD students, prominent national and international speakers and guests attended the 14th Summer School on Diabetes and Metabolism, since the establishment of the Danish PhD School of Molecular Metabolism in 2003, and the last within Danish Diabetes Academy's first 5-year project grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WITHIN DIABETES AND METABOLISM WERE COVERED
The overall sessions of the programme included: Obesity and weight regulation, Stratification and prevention of diabetes, The mitochondrial organelle seen from two sides, Type 1 diabetes and complications, and Metabolism. In addition to that, 10 of the PhD students were selected to give an oral presentation about their research.
In addition to the scientific programme the invited speakers gladly accepted to participate in the so-called 'Afternoon with a brain' session, the aim of which was to give the PhD students the opportunity to have an informal talk with an experienced researcher about their career paths and research experience.
WORKSHOPS AND DIABETES CHALLENGE ASSIGNMENT GROUP WORK
The PhD students were divided into 9 teams of 4-5 participants in which they were asked to work on a 'diabetes challenge' group assignment before, during and after a workshop related to the challenge. The 'diabetes challenge' assignments were based on the following workshop topics: Methods in muscle metabolic research, Adipose tissues, Mitochondria, Bloodglucose levels during stress and exercise, and Lipodystrophy and obesity.
INFORMAL PRE-DINNER POSTER SESSIONS
On day 1 and 2 we held pre-dinner poster sessions initiated by 1-minute teaser presentations in plenum followed by an open informal poster session.
FREE TIME ACTIVITIES AND LUNCH WITH A VIEW
The excellent weather especially on day 1 and 2 allowed the participants to enjoy the surrounding nature and outdoor sports activities during the breaks such as kayaking, frisbee, golf, bicycle riding.
THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
The Danish Diabetes Academy Education Committee thanks all invited speakers for sharing their knowledge and research, and all PhD students for raising relevant questions, taking part in discussions and presenting their work - as well as a special thanks to Professor Barbara Corkey, for attending all 14 Summer Schools - you all took part in making the Summer School a success, which we sincerely hope to able to repeat again the following years under a new project grant for Danish Diabetes Academy 2.0.