Regional Chair

IDF Europe is an inclusive and multicultural umbrella organization of 70 national diabetes associations in 47 countries across the European region, representing people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Through our activities we aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, as well as promote the exchange of best practice and high-quality information about diabetes throughout the European region. We provide essential expertise and up-to-date evidence on diabetes, support awareness campaigns through a wide network of partners and stakeholders, and work with European and international organizations towards the development, implementation and monitoring of effective public policies for diabetes.

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PROF DR SEHNAZ KARADENIZ, IDF EUROPE REGIONAL CHAIRSehnaz website

 An ophthalmologist, Sehnaz has been actively involved in the field of diabetes for the past 20 years in a series of medical, scientific, and social projects both at national and international levels.

She is Teaching Faculty at the Ophthalmology Department of Medical Faculty of Istanbul Science University and also works as an ophthalmologist at the Ophthalmology Dept. of the Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital.

She is the Founding Member and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Turkish Diabetes Foundation (TURKDIAB), which was established in 1996.

Since then, she has been actively involved in the social and scientific activities of the Foundation, and also voluntarily coordinates its international relations since 2003. She also coordinates the DIABLIVA project of the Turkish Diabetes Foundation, an initiative that provides support for Turkish immigrants with diabetes.

She served as the President of the Living with Diabetes Association, a nationwide patients’ organisation, between the years 2004-2007, and as a Board Member between 2008-2014 for Association development.

Dr. Karadeniz joined the board of International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) in 2007, and acts as the Chair of IDF European Region as of Dec. 2015.

She is also a Council Member of EASD for the term 2014-2017.

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