Redefining Diabetes: Putting a "chronic progressive disease" into remission

16 - 17 Jun 2018

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

About the event

A great interest in the BMJ/ Swiss Re conference "Food for thought: The science and politics of nutrition" will lead to many of the world's experts in nutrition being present in Zurich in June. A number of these expert clinicians, scientists and researchers do key work in the field of diabetes, particularly the remission and reversal of diabetes.

Diabetes is a key focus of Swiss Re's Life and Health division and we believe furthering this science is key not only to helping our clients and their policyholders, but also the hundreds of millions suffering from type 2 diabetes, and even more who suffer from metabolic syndrome leading to increased weight, obesity and prediabetes.

We are planning a small intimate event with many of these experts to cover what is known of this diabetes remission/ reversal, to ask questions and try to find answers, and to discuss what the best way forward is to drive change globally.

Please join us for this questioning and challenging day and a half, sharing the latest trial information, best practises in clinical practise, learnings from reversal programs and networking with the passionate people who want to redefine diabetes!

Agenda Day 1

 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

08.30

Welcome and Introduction
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re
 

Session 1
The biology and pathophysiology of T2DM
A description of insulin, liver, physiology, and pancreatic fat

09.00

T2DM: Getting ill, what really happens
(via video conference)
Tim Noakes, Author and Professor Emeritus, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town TBD

09.15

How does reversal happen?
Steve Phinney, Author and Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of California-Davis

09.30

Why does reversal not always happen? Biology of remission vs. reversal
Speaker TBD

09.45

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Tony Butler

Panelists:
Steve Phinney, Author and Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of California-Davis
Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University TBD

10.30

Break

 

Session 2
Nutrition's role and the evidence
Why the massive increase: Is it simply fat reduction - or increasing sugar?

11.00

Is sugar to blame?
Gary Taubes, Science and Health Journalist, Co-Founder and President of the Non-Profit Nutrition Science Initiative

11.15

Evidence around fat
Zoë Harcombe, Author and Researcher

11.30

Nutrition for the metabolically healthy: How important are resistant carbs?
Peter Voshol, Senior Scientist, Louis Bolk Institute

11.45

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Mark Hyman, Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine; Founder, The UltraWellness Center TBD

Panelists:
Zoë Harcombe, Author and Researcher
Gary Taubes, Science and Health Journalist, Co-Founder and President of the Non-Profit Nutrition Science Initiative
Peter Voshol, Senior Scientist, Louis Bolk Institute

12.30

Lunch

 

Session 3
Strategies of reversing/remitting T2DM

 

13.30

Low carb results from the VIRTA type 2 diabetes intervention trial
Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Weight Loss Program, Indiana University Health

13.45

Does caloric restriction work?
Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University

14.00

The role of fasting
Megan Ramos, Program Director, Intensive Dietary Management

14.15

Maintaining weight loss and remission of diabetes
Michael Lean, Chair of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, and Consultant Physician Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, New Zealand

14.30

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Arjun Panasar, Co-Founder and CEO, Diabetes.co.uk

Panelists:
Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Weight Loss Program, Indiana University Health
Michael Lean, Chair of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, and Consultant Physician Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, New Zealand
Megan Ramos, Program Director, Intensive Dietary Management
Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University

15.15

Break

 

Session 4
From the coal face: Real life successes and challenges

15.45

Life in general practise
Vipan Bhardwaj, GP and Executive Partner, Modality Partnership
Campbell Murdoch, GP and Medical Officer, Diabetes.co.uk

16.00

Studies in behaviour
Laura Saslow, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing

16.15

Experience from the biggest online diabetes community
Charlotte Summers, COO, Diabetes.co.uk

16.30

A pharmacist driven program
Sean McKelvey, CEO, Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

16.45

Moderated discussion
Moderator: David Unwin, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP), and Senior Partner of the Norwood Surgery

Panelists:
Vipan Bhardwaj, GP and Lead, Modality Partnership
Campbell Murdoch, GP and Medical Officer, Diabetes.co.uk
Sean McKelvey, CEO, Institute of Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition
Laura Saslow, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing
Charlotte Summers, COO, Diabetes.co.uk

18.00

Drinks and pre-dinner presentation
Catherine Crofts, Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology 

19.00

Dinner


This event may be photographed, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Institute’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Agenda Day 2

 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

08.45

Welcome
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re

 

Session 5
Long term morbidity & mortality (without the data)

09.00

A view on possible harm reduction
Rod Tayler, Anaesthetist and Founder, Low Carb Down Under
 

09.15

A cardiologist's long term view
Aseem Malhotra, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Lister Hospital Stevenage and ROC Private Clinic

09.30

Cancer and diabetes
Speaker TBD

09.45

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Urs Widmer, Senior Life Guide Medical Officer, Swiss Re 

Panelists:
Rod Tayler, Anaesthetist and Founder, Low Carb Down Under
Aseem Malhotra, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Lister Hospital Stevenage and ROC Private Clinic

10.30

Break

 

Session 6
Closing session: The future
What are the next steps in this journey?

11.00

What studies are in the pipeline?
Speaker TBD

11.15

Is there a better way to use data?
Speaker TBD

11.30

Guidelines and how these might change                                                    
Nina Teicholz, Science Journalist and Author; Executive Director of the Nutrition Coalition

11.45

ADA review
Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Weight Loss Program, Indiana University Health

12.00

Moderated discussion
Moderator: TBD

Panelists:
TBD

12.45

Lunch

13.45

End of event


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Speakers

General information

Conference

Redefining Diabetes: Putting a "chronic progressive disease" into remission

Date

16-17 June 2018

Venue

Centre for Global Dialogue
Gheistrasse 37
8803 Rüschlikon
Switzerland
Telephone +41 43 285 8100

Conference language

English

Conference fee

There is no fee for this event.

Target audience

The event targets professionals involved in nutritional research from medical, research and public policy backgrounds.

Registration

Participation is by invitation only. Please refer to the separate registration tab.

Dress code

Business casual

Hotel Accommodation

Please refer to the separate accommodation tab.

Transportation to and from the Centre

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Airport transfers will be the responsibility of the participants. Click here for travel directions to the Centre.

Meals and refreshments

Lunch as well as a dinner will be served on Saturday, 16 June 2018.

An optional Lunch will be offered on Sunday, 17 June 2018.

If you have a special meal or dietary requirement, please note it on the registration form.

Cancellation

For cancellation, please contact Flavio_Caspar@swissre.com or +41 43 285 8846.

Disclaimer

This event may be photographed, videotaped, filmed and/or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re's and the Swiss Re Institute's internal and external websites and in printed materials.

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Registration / Accommodation

Registration

Participation is by invitation only.The event targets professionals involved in nutritional research from medical, research and public policy backgrounds. For questions about the invitation process and the event programme, please contact Andreas_Obrist@swissre.com.

Hotel accommodation at the Centre for Global Dialogue

A limited number of rooms are available at the Centre for Global Dialogue. The rate per night including breakfast is CHF 300.

In order to reserve a hotel room, we kindly ask you to send us an email to FrontOffice_Rueschlikon@swissre.com indicating your arrival and departure date.