October 16, 2013

What: For the first time ever, the Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism’s (CDA/CSEM) annual conference will take place at a unique Vascular Conference. This is in recognition of the need to exchange knowledge in vascular health. The Vascular Conference program involves the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Stroke Network, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Hypertension Canada.

Media are invited to attend select sessions for interview opportunities with the experts presenting at this year’s conference.  Advance interviews with presenters may also be available for interested media.

Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal
201 Viger Avenue West
Montréal, QC
Media registration is at http://www.vascular2013.ca
Follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc and tweet #cda13

When: Thurs., Oct. 17 to Sat., Oct. 19, 2013

Why: For people living with diabetes, there is an increased chance of developing several different types of vascular disease. This is unique, one-time Canadian event will bring four separate annual scientific meetings together. Close to 6,500 delegates will come together for a collaborative event promoting vascular health and care, education and research.

Select conference highlights include:

Diabetes and Mental Health (Thurs., Oct. 17)
Leading health care experts across various sectors (primary care, diabetes management, and mental health) will challenge colleagues to consider how they might redesign the care system to improve results for people with mental illness. The audience will better appreciate and understand the disparity in diabetes burden for individuals with mental health conditions.

Diabetes and Eating Disorders: Are We Feeding the Problem? (Thurs., Oct. 17)
The first literature recognizing the coexistence of diabetes and eating disorders was published just over 30 years ago, however each has been individually documented for centuries. Montreal doctors Preetha Krishnamoorthy and Suzanne MacDonald will identify risk factors for eating disorders for those living with diabetes, possible red flags that point towards an eating disorder and treatment goals for those impacted.

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Type 1 Diabetes in Children and Youth: A Personal Journey (Thurs., Oct. 17)
The Canadian Diabetes Association presents Dr. Denis Daneman with the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his more than 40 years of commitment to the care of children with diabetes and their families. Dr. Daneman will deliver a personal lecture on the stages of his career in pediatric endocrinology, the importance of mentorship in achieving career goals and his contributions to diabetes research.

Young Scientist Award Lecture: Diabetes, Bariatric Surgery and the Gut (Thurs., Oct. 17)
The Canadian Diabetes Association, together with the Canadian Institute of Health Research – Institute of Nutrition, Diabetes and Metabolism, presents Dr. Tony Lam with the Young Scientist Award for outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists in the field of diabetes. Dr. Lam will present his research methods and findings based on experimental bariatric surgery lowering blood sugar levels in rats with type 1 diabetes. For the first time, his research showed that a surgical intervention induces a rapid blood sugar-lowering effect in rats with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes, independent of a reduction in food intake and body weight as well as changes in blood insulin levels.

Serving Fresh Today: The Next Level of Meal Planning (Thurs., Oct. 17)
What impact does dietary intervention have on diabetes management? Dietitians and certified diabetes educators Sarah Blunden and Michelle Corcoran will address how to counsel people living with diabetes on appropriate diets to meet individual nutrition needs. The interactive discussion will highlight the new additions and changes to the nutrition therapy recommendations in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada, and strategies to implement this new information in a practical way to help patients.

Scientific Evidence to Support Exercise is Medicine® (Fri., Oct. 18)
Physical activity is often linked to managing or controlling risk factors associated with chronic disease; however Dr. Steven N. Blair, a professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, states physical activity is underestimated in the prevention and treatment of numerous chronic health conditions, including diabetes. This session will describe the relative importance of physical inactivity as a risk factor for illness and death and the need for increased attention by physicians and health care providers. Exercise is Medicine® is a global initiative to address how to implement physical activity into clinical practice, and thereby help more patients improve their health.

2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines: Tips and Tools to Help You Help Your Patients with Diabetes (Sat., Oct. 19)
The internationally acclaimed 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (Guidelines) sets the gold standard in diabetes care and management.  However, this 212-page, 38 chapter, evidence-based resource has little value to people living with diabetes if health care teams aren’t translating the findings into improved care. Attendees will learn about the five major Guidelines themes and what tools are available to support health care providers in their own clinics and patient treatment plans.

My Big, Fat Diet: Carbohydrate Restriction in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes and Related Conditions (Sat., Oct. 19)
The obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics have been health topics of interest worldwide over the last few years. Prevention measures based on the conventional theory that these epidemics are related to excess calories have failed. Vancouver’s Dr. Jay Wortman and Alberta’s Dr. David Lau will debate the effectiveness of carbohydrate restriction for the management of conditions related to insulin resistance. This session explores carbohydrate restriction as a viable therapy for conditions such as type 2 diabetes and how it should be a first-line therapy.

The P.O.W.E.R. Trial: Physical Activity for Overweight Youth at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (Sat., Oct. 19)
Little data exists to describe the role of physical activity in the prevention of type 2 diabetes in children. Completed January 2013, this community-based exercise trial examined the effects of high versus low intensity exercise training on several risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including liver fat, insulin sensitivity and metabolic syndrome. Winnipeg-based clinicians will review outcomes from this important trial study.

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About the Canadian Diabetes Association
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About the 16th Annual Canadian Diabetes Association and Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference and Annual Meetings
Diabetes clinicians, researchers and educators from across Canada and around the world will come together to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences at this year’s Professional Conference and Annual Meetings from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19 in Montréal, Que. as part of Vascular 2013. Access conference news releases and real time updates at http://www.diabetes.ca or follow conference highlights on Twitter at #cda13.

About Vascular 2013
Vascular 2013 is a unique, one-time Canadian event bringing four separate scientific meetings together under one roof: the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference, the Canadian Stroke Congress and the Canadian Hypertension Congress.  www.vascular2013.ca

It is a joint initiative of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Canadian Stroke Network, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Hypertension Canada.

Statements and conclusions of study authors are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect Vascular 2013 host organizations’ policy or position. They make no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability.

For interviews or for more information, please contact:

Katie Ostler
Manager, Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Cell/On-site: (416) 316-5334

Conference information and media registration is at www.vascular2013.ca