Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal (APDP – Portuguese Diabetes Association) is a non-profit organization and dean of IDF’s Member Associations. It is currently an international reference as a diabetes healthcare Centre. It is the first IDF Centre of Education (in 2009) and is a Certified Centre of Reference of Pediatric Diabetes (SWEET).

Main areas of activity:
  • Social: Fighting for the rights of people with diabetes;
  • Clinical: Providing multi-specialized healthcare services to more than 100.000 people with diabetes;
  • Training courses aimed at HCPs (physicians, nurses, dieticians); Professionals of communitarian support institutions; University students and patients and their families.
  • Research: in basic and clinical science and epidemiology; It collaborates with Gulbenkian Science Institute, Medical Sciences Universities and Portuguese Cancer Institute.
  • International Collaboration: IDF, Euradia, IMAGE and SWEET Projects, EURODIAB and DIRECT.
  • Collaboration with the Portuguese Government: Scientific consultancy in diabetes; Implementation of the Portuguese Program for Diabetes; Technical standards in the area of diabetes; Postgraduate training.

In 2010 a new Department was created – APDP Education and Research Centre – in order to expand and deepen our Research activities in basic investigation in the area of Diabetes.