The IDF 2019 scientific programmeme is comprised of eight streams. The descriptions and learning objectives for each stream are listed below.
Basic and Translational Science
This stream deals with recent progress in both basic and translational diabetes research and also focuses on the latest advances that are linked to the etiopathogenesis of diabetes mellitus.
After attending a session in the Basic and Translational Science stream, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the latest advances in basic research related to the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes mellitus
- Understand evidence-based research that will affect the people with diabetes across the world
- Take the evidence and underpinnings of current translational research and be able to apply them to the interpretation of clinical setting
- Better understand the cause of diabetes mellitus
Clinical and Therapeutic Research
This stream deals with recent progress in clinical diabetology with the focus on lifestyle, medication and technology for improvement of diabetes care.
After attending a session in the Clinical and Therapeutic Research stream the participant will be able to:
- Understand current treatment approaches and use them in a patient-centred, individualised form
- Understand the integration of results of clinical trials and real world data into daily care for persons with diabetes
- Choose clinically relevant diagnostic and therapeutic tools according to an evidence-based background
- Apply the most up-to-date research including technical advances to daily clinical practice
Diabetes and Women
This stream focuses on all aspects relating to hyperglycaemia in pregnancy including diabetes complicating pregnancy as well as gestational diabetes. It will cover aspects ranging from updates on the epidemiology, diagnosis and latest management of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy, impact of maternal obesity, diabetes and reproduction, the short-term and long-term complications for mother and offspring and public health impact and socio-economic considerations.
After attending a session in the Diabetes and Women stream the participant will be able to:
- Understand that hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (HIP) is one of the most common medical conditions women encounter during pregnancy
- Understand that HIP is associated with a higher incidence of maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, perinatal and neonatal morbidity and long-term consequences for both mother and child
- Understand that pregnancy offers a window of opportunity to establish services, improve health and prevent intergenerational transmission of non-communicable diseases
- Achieve a broad understanding of the relevance of developmental origins of diabetes
- Take the evidence and underpinnings of current clinical research and the latest treatment updates of HIP and be able to apply them to the interpretation of clinical data
- Apply the advanced evidence-based research regarding HIP to clinical practice
Diabetes Complications and Comorbidities
This stream deals with the basic and clinical science of diabetic complications including the latest research on the aetiology of complications, prevention strategies, and treatments.
After attending a session in the Diabetes Complications and Comorbidities stream the participant will be able to:
- Understand the epidemiology, physiopathology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the complication developed in the session
- Decide how to individualise the diagnostic, prevention and treatment tools in the setting where he/she operates as healthcare practitioner
- Define the appropriate moment to refer the patient to a level of greater complexity
Diabetes in Society and Culture
This stream will deal with all aspects of the vulnerability of diabetes in different ethnicities, societies and cultures and how these impact the design of interventions and prevention and management strategies.
After attending a session in the Diabetes in Society and Culture stream the participant will be able to:
- Better understand the complexity of real life interventions for primary and secondary prevention and chronic care management of diabetes
- Define how environmental and cultural factors influence the management of diabetes and the life of people with diabetes
- Identify roles and responsibilities for improving the life of people with diabetes according to opportunities and barriers present in different societies and cultures
Education and Integrated Care
This stream will present cutting-edge research and clinical practice approaches, tools, and methods in diabetes care, education, and support from around the world.
After attending a session in the Education and Integrated Care stream, the participant will be able to:
- Discuss the evolving roles and responsibilities of diabetes educators in the research, clinical, and community settings and the use of innovative methods for delivering quality diabetes care and education and achieving positive outcomes
- Compare and contrast various approaches to lifestyle modification and describe ways to integrate a new method, tool or treatment modality in your practice to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes
- Describe a new model, technological advance, or change in workflow that will enable members of the health care team to heighten the quality and effectiveness of care and support provided to patients with diabetes and their caregivers
- Identify obstacles to providing effective diabetes care and education in various regions of the world and discuss potential solutions and engagement of stakeholders to meet the challenges
Epidemiology and Public Health
This stream focuses on global trends in the burden of diabetes and its complications, new developments in the identification of risk factors, and public health approaches for prevention of this condition and its sequelae.
After attending sessions in the Epidemiology and Public Health stream the participant will be able to:
- Describe the latest trends in the global incidence and prevalence of diabetes, its complications, and its most impactful risk factors
- Understand how current epidemiological data can be used to help shape the implementation future public health policy and healthcare initiatives
- Conceptualise the translation of successful primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies from projects presented at the sessions into future innovative prevention programmes
Living with Diabetes
This stream will provide insight into the perspective, day-to-day challenges and successes of the person with diabetes. The role of people affected by diabetes in healthcare decision making and the design of health care delivery systems to address the diabetes epidemic will be presented.
After attending a session in the Living with Diabetes stream the participant will be able to:
- Recognise and better understand some of the day-to-day challenges faced by people living with diabetes
- Consider how people with diabetes can be included in all aspects of healthcare programme design and development
- Identify technologies with potential for positive impact on diabetes management
- Be a powerful enabler of and advocate for positive self-care