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
 

08.45

The science: How does Homo sapiens evolve to Homo diabeticus?
Steve Phinney, Author and Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of California-Davis

Session 1
Nutritional strategies used for diabetics

09.15

Low carb high fat: The latest 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

09.25

Intermittent fasting: The IDM program
Megan Ramos, Program Director, Intensive Dietary Management

09.35

Calorie reduction: Success stories from the Lancet DiRECT trial
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re

09.45

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Gary Taubes, Science and Health Journalist; Co-Founder and President of the Non-Profit Nutrition Science Initiative
 

10.30

Break

 

Session 2
Remaining questions and challenges for nutritional DM strategies

11.00

Maintaining weight loss and remission of diabetes: How sustainable is it?
Andreas Eenfeldt, Founder and CEO, Diet Doctor

11.10

Why do only some respond? How personalised does it need to be?
Campbell Murdoch, GP and Medical Officer, Diabetes.co.uk

11.20

Hyper responders (LDL): What does it mean and how to handle it?
Eric Westman, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University

11.30

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

12.15

Lunch

 

Session 3
From the coal face: Real life successes and challenges

 

13.15

Life in general practise
Vipan Bhardwaj, GP and Executive Partner, Modality Partnership

13.25

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

13.35

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

13.45

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

13.55

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

14.45

Break

 

Session 4
Preventing metabolically healthy becoming diabetic: Are they really healthy? And what should they eat, or not eat?

15.15

Insulin - measuring a root cause
Catherine Crofts, Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology

15.35

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

15.45

Nutrients as a first principle
Zoë Harcombe, Author and Researcher

15.55

Moderated discussion
Moderator: John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re

16.40

Surprise session
Moderator: Tony Butler, Independent Consultant

18.30

Networking reception

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
What does the future hold, and what is next?

09.00

What studies are necessary to inform the development of a new management paradigm for type 2 diabetes
David Cavan, Author and Physician

09.10

Is there a better way to use data?
Arjun Panesar, Co-Founder and CEO, Diabetes.co.uk

09.20

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

09.30

ADA review and updates
Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Weight Loss Program, Indiana University Health
Laura Saslow, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing

09.50

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Gary Taubes, Science and Health Journalist; Co-Founder and President of the Non-Profit Nutrition Science Initiative

10.30

Break

 

Session 6
Without longterm data, what do we predict?

11.00

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

11.20

A cardiologist's long term view
Aseem Malhotra, Consultant Cardiologist and Member, Academy Of Medical Royal Colleges Obesity Steering Group

11.40

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

12.20

Closing
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re

12.30

Lunch


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.

Gallery

Photos by: Pavol Sebo

Speakers