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.

Photo: Maria Deckeman

KI Diabetes Day 2024

Time: Thursday November 14, 9.00-18.00

Place: Biomedicum, Eva & Georg Klein Hall, Karolinska Institutet Solna campus

Confirmed speakers:

Amélie Bonnefond (EGID/Université de Lille, France)

Marcela Brissova (Vanderbilt University, USA)

Yuval Dor (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)    

Marta Guasch-Ferré (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Robin Klemm (Oxford University, UK)

Fredirick Mashili (Muhimbili University, Tanzania)

Amy Jayne McKNight (Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Thue Schwartz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Registration: free of charge, will open after the summer.

Speakers and chairs at the Diabetes Day 2019 Photo: Stefan Nobel

Recaps of earlier symposia

KI Diabetes Day 2023

On November 14 we had a yet another successful symposium with these eight great speakers! Lot of good discussions and interactions.

Ben Stocks (U Copenhagen) "Proteomics in the study of type 2 diabetes and exercise"

Karyn Esser (U Florida) “Circadian clock in skeletal muscle: critical component of glucose homeostasis and metabolic flexibility”

Navdeep Chandel (Northwestern U) “Metformin targets mitochondrial complex I to regulate physiology and disease”

Frances Ashcroft (U Oxford) "Metabolic regulation of insulin secretion in health and disease"

Sarah Richardson (U Exeter) “Leveraging new knowledge from the human pancreas to advance and improve understanding and treatment of Type 1 diabetes”

Carmella Evans-Molina (Indiana U) ”The Ailing Beta Cell in Type 1 Diabetes: Insights from a Trip to the “ER”

Timo Müller (Helmholtz Munich) “Novel Insights into GIP Regulation of Energy Metabolism”

Zach Gerhart-Hines (U Copenhagen) “Uncovering Novel GPCR Pathways for the Treatment of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes”

Diabetes Day 2022

On World Diabetes Day on November 14, we had the pleasure to host eight excellent scientists and speakers:

“Nuclear Receptors: Overcoming Insulin Resistance” Ron Evans (Salk Institute)

“Developmental Programming of Type 2 Diabetes – Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Consequences” Allan Vaag (Lund University)

“Heterogeneity of NAFLD, implications for risk of type 2 diabetes” Hannele Yki-Järvinen (University of Helsinki)

“The role of the microbiome in visceral adipose expansion” Suzanne Devkota (Cedars-Sinai/UCLA)

"Genetics of diabetes complications, myth or reality?" Valeriya Lyssenko (University of Bergen)

“Genetic subclassification of obesity and its role in precision health” Ruth Loos (Copenhagen University)

 "Mitochondrial diseases open vistas to mechanisms of metabolic disorders" Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara (University of Helsinki)

 "Subcellular Molecular Architecture is a Critical Determinant of Metabolic Homeostasis" Gökhan Hotamisligil (Harvard School of Public Health)

Diabetes Day 2021 - cancelled due to pandemic

Diabetes Day 2020 - with the Jacobaeus Prize lecture

Karine Clement, Sorbonne University/INSERM, has been awarded the 2020 Jacobaeus Prize by Novo Nordisk Fonden, and will give her prize lecture on February 12 at noon.

Due to the pandemic the Diabetes Day 2020 will now be transformed to a webinar series primarily on Fridays during the spring term of 2021. The same set of excellent speakers have all agreed to each give a separate talk. So far, five of the talks have been scheduled – more information on topics and how to join will be given at our seminar page! You may also sign up for our email list to get invitations directly in your mailbox.

Friday January 22, 15.00 Swedish time – Andrea Dunaif (Mount Sinai NY, research on women’s health and diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, https://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/andrea-e-dunaif) Host: Elisabet Stener-Victorin.

Friday February 12, 12.00 Swedish time – Karine Clement gives the Jacobaeus prize lecture, (Sorbonne University/INSERM, research on pathophysiology of obesity and nutrition-related disorders, https://www.nutriomique.org/) Host: Anna Krook.

Friday February 26, 15.00 Swedish time – Marc Donath (Univ Basel, research on islet inflammation in physiology, obesity and type 2 diabetes, https://biomedizin.unibas.ch/en/research/research-groups/donath-lab/ ) Host: Per-Olof Berggren.

Friday March 12, 12.00 Swedish time – Chantal Mathieu (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, research on the prevention of type 1 diabetes, effects of vitamin D on the immune system and diabetes, and functioning of the insulin-producing beta cell, http://ceed-diabete.org/en/membre/mathieu-chantal/ ) Host: Juleen Zierath.

Friday February March 26, 12.00 Swedish time – Matthias Blüher (University Leipzig, research on adipose tissue function in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes development, talk on “Healthy obesity – a myth?”, https://www.ifb-adipositas.de/en/prof-dr-matthias-bluher ) Host: Peter Arner.

Date TBD, Jorge Ferrer, (Imperial College London/Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, research on genome regulation of pancreatic beta cells and its implications for human diabetes, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.ferrer ) Host: TBD

Date TBD, Jean Schaffer, (Joslin/Harvard, research on diabetic cardiovascular complications, lipotoxicity and tissue response to metabolic stress, https://www.schafferlab.org/ ) Host: TBD

Date TBD, Christian Wolfrum, (ETH Zurich, research on cellular heterogeneity of adipose tissue affecting adipose tissue quality and metabolic homeostasis. https://tnb.ethz.ch/ ) Host: Mikael Rydén

Diabetes Day 2019

To highlight the World Diabetes Day on November 14 eight internationally recognized scientists visited KI and presented their findings at the Biomedicum Seminar Hall 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.

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

Download program for Diabetes Day 2019

Diabetes Day 2018

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

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 downloadedhere

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)!

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.

Stefan Nobel