Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: A Historical Perspective

It was Mao Zedong who famously coined the timeless adage that ‘you need knowledge of the past in order to understand the present, and thus be able to prepare for the future’. These wise words have been taken up as the motto of a new Stream at the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne later this year: Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: A Historical Perspective. Despite the title of this report, please do not expect to find a Jurassic Park of endocrinology, where you might learn about the prehistoric origins of diabetes itself – drawn after millions of years from dinosaur fossils or from insects preserved in ancient blobs of amber... Would that we could! Nevertheless, our Stream will reveal the origins of much of our contemporary diabetes knowledge – and there will be dinosaurs.


Attachment: