Diabetes is one of the fastest growing public health problems worldwide. It affects all populations
and is increasing everywhere. It causes severe complications and shortens life expectancy
significantly. Treatment of diabetes is usually life-long, and therefore expensive. However, there are
good news: diabetes and its complications are preventable! By preventing diabetes all the suffering
related to this disease and unnecessary costs associated with it can be avoided.
The World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications is a global forum where experts on diabetes and prevention meet and all participants can enjoy high quality scientific discussions on principles of diabetes prevention and listen to the experiences from diabetes prevention programmes that have been implemented in various countries. The World Congress of Diabetes and Its Complications has taken place regularly since 1996 when the first historic Congress took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. It then traveled to Fiuggi (Rome), Italy, Hong Kong, Chennai, India, Helsinki, Finland , Dresden, Germany and Madrid Spain. During these years increasing evidence on the potential for prevention of type 2 diabetes has been obtained, included pharmacologic treatment, and the knowledge on the prevention of complications of diabetes has been strengthened.
It is now the time to take the next step with the 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications to be held in Atlanta, USA, 2 - 4, December 2016. As the earlier Congresses, the coming Congress will combine theory and practice, and will form a forum to disseminate new information, to learn from best practices and to have constructive debates around one of the most important public health issues, the prevention of diabetes and its complications. Although we can declare today that the work targeted to the prevention of diabetes and its complications has been a true success story, there is still a long way to go and many lessons to be learned. The history of public health is full of success stories – let’s make sure that the prevention of diabetes and its complications will be one of them! This conference is also a good opportunity to present and discuss your research works, meet with colleagues and friends from all over the world, and enjoy the pleasant mild climate and the many attractions of the beautiful city of Atanta.
The congress will be conducted 2 - 4, December 2016 in the beautiful City of Atlanta, USA. We look forward to welcoming you at this unique Event.
Jaakko Tuomilehto ,MD , MA, PhD
Mahmoud Ibrahim , MD