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IDF and BRIDGES span the globe to tackle diabetes

Translational research helps to apply successful outcomes from basic science into practical real-life applications in communities. Today, this type of research is gaining widespread attention in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

A time to every purpose

Just six years ago, it would have seemed too bad to be true. At the end of 2006, as I received the mandate from the global diabetes community – assembled at the IDF General Council meeting in Cape Town – to take up the role of IDF President-elect, some 246 million people were living with diabetes worldwide. By the time I took over the mantle of leadership in Montreal in 2009, that number had risen to 285 million.

The Global Diabetes Forum: driving multisectoral partnerships for diabetes

Just three months after the UN High-Level Meeting on Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York and the adoption of the first ever UN Political Declaration on NCDs, IDF convened over 15,000 of the diabetes and global health community at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai. In order to maximize this sequence of events, IDF held a unique event immediately prior to the official opening of the Congress.