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Diabetes UK Professional Conference Insider programme


Thanks to everyone who attended our very first Insider Event in 2018. We look forward to seeing you all in Liverpool on March 9th 2019.


10.00 Registration

10.30-10.45 Welcome address

Chris Askew, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK

10.45-11.15 Banting Memorial Lecture

Diagnosis matters: Professor Andrew Hattersley

Diagnosing which type of diabetes a person has is crucial to make sure they get the right treatment at the right time. But misdiagnosis is all too common. Professor Hattersley explains how research has helped identify rare genetic types of diabetes and offers suggestions on how we may improve the diagnosis of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

About the speaker: Andrew Hattersley is a consultant diabetologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital and the Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Exeter.

11.15-11.30 Break

11.30-12.00 Choice of session

The diabetes tech revolution: Dr Pratik Choudhary

Technology has huge potential to transform diabetes self-management and treatment. Dr Pratik Choudhary will give us an update on what’s new in the world of tech – from implantable glucose sensors, to the apps making diabetes self-management easier than ever before.

About the speaker: Pratik Choudhary is the lead for the Type 1 diabetes service at King’s College London and the diabetes lead for islet and pancreas transplant services at King’s and Guy’s.


Will resistant starch change the way we think about carbs?: Dr Denise Robertson

Not all carbs are the same. Resistant starch is a form that isn’t broken down in the gut, so the glucose it’s made up of won’t be absorbed into the blood. Dr Denise Robertson will explore resistant starch and its potential to help people with diabetes control their blood glucose levels.

About the speaker: Denise Robertson is a Reader in Nutritional Physiology at the University of Surrey. Her research explores diet, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes prevention.

12.00-12.30 Choice of session

The state of play with the Type 1 diabetes immune attack: Professor Susan Wong

Professor Wong has been at the forefront of pioneering research to understand why and how the immune system attacks the pancreas in people with Type 1 diabetes. She’ll be talking about what we’ve learnt so far and how this may help us find new treatments to stop the immune attack.

About the speaker: Susan Wong is Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism at Cardiff University and consultant diabetologist at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.


The DiRECT route to Type 2 diabetes remission: Professor Roy Taylor

DiRECT is a ground-breaking trial testing if a weight loss programme, including a low-calorie diet, can help people put their Type 2 diabetes into remission and keep it there. Late last year, we heard the first results from DiRECT and they were hugely promising. Professor Roy Taylor will delve further into the results: what can we learn, what happens inside the body and what could they mean for people with Type 2 diabetes in the future?

About the speaker: Roy Taylor is Professor of Medicine and Metabolism at Newcastle. He’s been conducting research on Type 2 diabetes since 1978, and now co-leads the Diabetes UK-funded DiRECT study.

12.30-13.00 Choice of session

Advances in artificial pancreas technology: Dr Helen Murphy

Dr Helen Murphy has led on world-first research testing the artificial pancreas in pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. She’ll be filling us in on the latest research, which is paving the way towards making artificial pancreas technology more widely available to people with Type 1 diabetes in the future.

About the speaker: Helen Murphy is a Professor of Women’s Health at King’s College London and Professor of Medicine (Diabetes and Antenatal Care) at the University of East Anglia.


Psychological support and Type 2 diabetes: Dr Kirsty Winkley

Dr Winkley gives an overview of clinical trials to improve psychological support in people with Type 2 diabetes, and helps us understand if they have resulted in improved blood glucose control for those taking part.

About the speaker: Kirsty Winkley is a diabetes specialist nurse and health psychologist and has recently been appointed Reader in Diabetes and Primary Care at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Plenary

Diabetes stigma and the use of language: Bob Swindell

Bob Swindell will talk about the sources of the stigma that surround diabetes, and discuss how the languages used by healthcare professionals and people with diabetes can influence health outcomes.

About the speaker: Bob Swindell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in May 2013. He’s a keen runner, a parkrun outreach ambassador for diabetes, and a Trustee and Clinical Study Group member for Diabetes UK.

14.30-15.15 Plenary

Social media: Dr Partha Kar with Grumpy Pumper

Dr Partha Kar talks about the role that social media can play when it comes to managing your diabetes. He’s joined by Type 1 blogger Grumpy Pumper sharing his experiences of peer support and the diabetes online community.

About the speakers: Partha Kar is a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Associate National Director, Diabetes, NHS England. He’s also led nationally on access to Freestyle Libre on the NHS.

The Grumpy Pumper has had Type 1 diabetes for 23 years, being diagnosed at the age of 25. He sits on Diabetes UK’s Council of People Living with Diabetes.

15.15-16.00 Panel debate

Tomorrow’s world panel debate: What’s your biggest opportunity and challenge around diabetes research in the next 10 years?

Chair: Alex Ritson

About the chair: Alex Ritson has been a journalist with the BBC for much of his 20 year career in news. He currently presents one of the main news programmes on World Service radio, with an audience of 269 million people listening across the world. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged 18 and in December 2017, experienced a hypo while being broadcast on the World Service and Radio 4. He described it as ‘my worst ever day at work’ but turned it into a positive for others, sharing with listeners exactly what had happened just minutes later. The recording became a news story in its own right, and was widely covered in other programmes and in an article written by Alex about the experience on the BBC website.

Panel members:

Dr Partha Kar
Dr Denise Robertson
Professor Roy Taylor
Professor Susan Wong
Dr Kirsty Winkley

16.00-16.15 Closing address

Bob Swindell, Trustee at Diabetes UK

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