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IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy

Headlines for the Week of April 14, 2008

"Diabetes: Solutions for the 21st Century -- Research, Economics, Policy and Ethics"

Friday, April 18
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Diabetes has moved to the center stage of health policy both in the United States and around the world, with its combination of lifestyle and social factors and enhanced levels of minority incidence. Policymakers face daunting challenges that span traditional public health concerns and many other disciplines. How do we best reduce the impact of diabetes while ensuring fairness to groups at high risk and advancing local and global health objectives?

To address these issues, IIT's Center for Diabetes Research and Policy is hosting a conference that brings together some of the key voices in our discussion of the chronic disease of the 21st century. This conference will draw on experts from across the disciplines to review the latest developments in research, clinical practice and public policy, with a focus on health economics approaches and ethical implications. RSVP to to secure your place.

Presenters include:

  • Alberto Barcelo, regional adviser on Noncommunicable Diseases, Pan American Health Organization/WHO, presenting Global Health Perspectives: Diabetes in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Richard K. Burt, M.D., chief of the Division of Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases, Northwestern University, presenting Stem Cell Transplantation for Diabetes
  • Krista Donahue, deputy director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, presenting Diabetes: Public Health Policy Challenges
  • Eric A. Finkelstein, director, Public Health Economics Program, RTI International, presenting An Economic Framework for Determining the Appropriate Government Response to Rising Rates of Obesity
  • Benjamin Littenberg, M.D., Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine & Professor of Nursing; director, General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont; CEO, Vermont Clinical Decision Support LLC,, presenting Laboratory-Based Chronic Disease Surveillance: Clinical, Economic and Policy Controversies
  • Laurie Zoloth, professor of medical humanities & bioethics and religion, director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society, Northwestern University, presenting Diabetes, Policy and Ethics
  • Jennifer Kang Derwent, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, IIT, presenting Ocular Complications of Diabetes and Treatment Options
  • Edward Kraus, associate professor of clinical practice, Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, presenting Disability, Diabetes and the Law
  • Ali Cinar, professor of chemical engineering; vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate College; director, Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education, IIT, presenting Engineering and Science Research at IIT to Support New Technologies to Cure Diabetes and its Complications
  • Eliezer Geisler, professor and director, IIT Center for the Management of Medical Technology, Stuart School of Business, and Nilmini Wickramasinghe, associate professor, Stuart School of Business, presenting Technology-Enabled Solutions for Monitoring of Chronic Diseases: The Case of Diabetes

The event will be moderated by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D., associate dean and research professor, Intervention, Cost and Ethics Project, IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy.

The event is free, but RSVPs are required. Lunch will be provided, and there will be a catered reception after the conference. To RSVP, e-mail or call 312.906.5337. Please include names, positions, institutions of persons attending, and a telephone contact number.


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