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Diabetes Day

A one-day open international symposium on diabetes related research is organized annually at KI campus. The aim is to increase interactions between internationally recognized researchers within diabetes and metabolism and the research community at KI and in Sweden.

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Diabetes Day 2019

Time: November 14, 9.00-18.00

Place: Biomedicum Lecture Hall, KI Solna campus

To highlight the World Diabetes Day on November 14 eight internationally recognized scientists are visiting KI and will present their recent findings in the areas of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, gut hormone regulation of metabolism, beta cell pathogenesis and circadian metabolism. Please see the poster and program below.

International guests:

Karin Bornfeldt, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Robin Choudhury, University of Oxford

Zoltan Arany, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Miriam Cnop, ULB Center for Diabetes Research, Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Geltrude Mingrone, Catholic University, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy

Fiona Gribble, University of Cambridge, UK

Kristina Schoonjans, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland

Paolo Sassone-Corsi, UC Irvine School of Medicine, USA

Registration Diabetes Day 2019 

the conference is an open meeting and free of charge, however there are a limited number of seats and food and coffe are served, why registration is required. Registration has now closed!


Download program for Diabetes Day 2019

Download poster for Diabetes Day 2019

Recaps of earlier symposia

Diabetes Day 2018

In 2018 the diabetes day was combined with the 3rd Swedish Diabetes Summit, also held at KI.

From left: Stefan Nobel (SRP Diabetes), Mikael Rydén (SRP Diabetes), Vincent Poitout, Charlotte A. Peterson, Kirsi A. Virtanen, Juleen Zierath (SRP Diabetes), Patrick Collombat, Silvia Corvera, Michael P. Czech, Susan Ozanne, Anna Krook (SRP Diabetes) and Patrick Schrauwen.

Diabetes Day 2017

The conference took place on November 17, 9-16 in Aula Medica with the following highly appreciated talks:

Susan Ozanne, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, UK "Eating for two during pregnancy: a developing obesity crisis"

Charlotte A. Peterson, University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences, USA "The evolving roles of satellite cells in muscle adaptation"

Kirsi A. Virtanen, Turku University Hospital, Finland "Recent advances in the studies of human brown adipose tissue"

Patrick Schrauwen, Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands "Stimulating energy turnover to combat type 2 diabetes; insight from human translational interventions"

Patrick Collombat, Institut de Biologie Valrose, Nice, France "Induction of pancreatic beta-cell neogenesis"

Vincent Poitout, University of Montréal Hospital Center, Montréal, Canada "The pancreatic beta-cell response to metabolic stress"

Silvia Corvera, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA "Origin and function of human beige/brite adipose tissue"

Michael P. Czech, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA "Crosstalk between fat metabolism and neuronal signaling"

Program: can be downloaded here

From left Mikael Rydén (SRP Diabetes), Erik Näslund (SRP Diabetes), Deborah Clegg (Cedars-Sinai), Per-Olof Berggren (SRP Diabetes), Steven Kahn (U Wash), Robert Gerszten (BID Boston), Debbie Thurmond (City of Hope), Anna Krook (SRP Diabetes), Mark McCarthy (Oxford), Juleen Zierath (SRP Diabetes), Stefan Nobel (SRP Diabetes), Frances Ashcroft (Oxford), Joseph Takahashi (U Texas), Scott Sternson (HHMI Ashburn)

Diabetes Day 2016

Was held on November 11, 9-16 in Aula Medica and had the following highly appreciated presentations:

Scott M Sternson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia, USA "The Neurobiology of Need"

Deborah Clegg, Bairey Merz Laboratory, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, USA "Sex Differences in Metabolism: Critical Role of Sex Chromosomes and Sex Hormones"

Mark McCarthy, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, University of Oxford, UK "From p-values to proteins: making mechanistic sense from human genetics"

Steven E. Kahn, Dept. of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA "Diabetes Prevention: Recent insights, new approaches, future questions"

Frances Ashcroft, Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, UK "Hyperglycaemia induces metabolic dysfunction and glycogen accumulation in pancreatic β-cells"

Debbie C. Thurmond, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, City of Hope, USA "Rethinking targets for insulin sensitization"

Robert Gerszten, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , Boston, USA "Mining the blood for new cardiometabolic hormones"

Joseph Takahashi, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA "Circadian transcriptional architecture in the mouse: genome-wide regulation of metabolism"

Program can be downloaded here

We thank the speakers for their inspiring lectures which gave us an all time high of participants (over 250 registrations)!

Standing from the left: Markku Laakso, Peter Arner, Ana Maria Cuervo, Inês Barroso, Sally Marshall, Stefan Nobel, Juleen Zierath, Kerstin Brismar, Anna Krook. Sitting from the left: William T Cefalu, Sarah Wild, Nathalie Delzenne, EvaToft and Daniel P Kelly.

Diabetes Day 2015

Took take place on November 13, 9.00-16.00 in the Aula Medica on KI Solna Campus with 240 registered participants. Below is the program and a photo of the speakers, chairs and organizers.

Speakers included:

Eva Toft, Ersta Hospital, Stockholm "The 4D Type 2 diabetes project: Standardized care process, a platform for excellent care and research"

Sally Marshall, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, UK "The Kidney in Diabetes"

Sarah Wild, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK "The diabetes epidemic: fact and fiction"

Inês Barroso, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK "Genes and Metabolism: What lessons have we learned so far?"

Markku Laakso, Dept. of Medicine, University of Kuopio, Finland "Insulin resistance in cardiovascular disease development"

William T. Cefalu, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, New Orleans, USA "Metabolic dysregulation and insulin action: human phenotypic considerations"

Daniel P. Kelly, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, Orlando, USA "Obesity-related Insulin Resistance: A Systems Approach"

Nathalie Delzenne, Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group, Catholic
University of Louvain, Louvain Drug Research Institute (LDRI), Belgium "Taking care of the gut microbiota to control diabetes and related metabolic diseases"

Ana Maria Cuervo, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA "Aging of the autophagic system: Metabolic consequences"

Program and abstracts for the 2015 symposium can be downloaded here.

Diabetes Day 2014

This conference was held on November 21 with well over 200 participants. Eight highly appreciated talks were given:

Program and abstracts and poster for the Diabetes Day 2014.

Diabetes Day 2013

Diabetes Day 2013 was held on November 15 and was organized with the Novo Nordisk Foundation and included the 2013 H.C. Jacobeaus prize awarded to Dr. Lewis Cantley.

Time: Friday November 15, 9.00 - 17.00

Place: Aula Medica, KI campus Solna

Final program Diabetes Day 2013 (Pdf file, 276 Kb)


Diabetes Day 2012

Final program Diabetes Day 2012 (Pdf file, 626 Kb)


Diabetes Day 2011

Diabetes Day 2011 was very succesful! We thank the lecturers and the participants for making it to such an interesting event. Media coverage: Swedish Radio has made three broadcasted interviews, two with Anna Krook from SRP Diabetes (Kropp och Själ, SR International Somali), and one with Lubna Al-Khalili from SRP Diabetes (SR International Arabic). A journalist from Svenska Dagbladet was also present during the day. Three of the lectures were recorded and are freely available on youtube, see videos 15-18 at link below.

Program Diabetes Day 2011 (Pdf file, 1 Mb)
KI Youtube channel with lectures by Camillo Ricordi, Cynthia Kenyon and Frances Brodsky and introduction by PO Berggren.