Posted on February 26, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group, will host the 3rd Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference on 3 and 4 March at the Westin Doha Hotel. The conference will bring together over 500 key opinion leaders, wound care specialists, community nurses, foot surgeons, physiotherapists and allied health staff from across the region.

“This conference will bring together global experts in the field of diabetic foot care in Doha. We have an impressive lineup of speakers who are leaders in their respective fields. They will highlight the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment associated with the surgical and medical management of diabetic foot,” said Dr. Talal Khader Talal, Head of Podiatric Services at HMC and Chair and Head of the Scientific Committee for the conference. Dr. Talal added that the conference aims to address the growing global healthcare challenge posed by diabetes-related limb amputations. Experts from across the world will discuss and share the latest developments towards the assessment and management of diabetic foot disease.

Keynote speakers from the USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Middle East and GCC countries are scheduled to present during the two-day event, including Dr. David G. Armstrong, University of Arizona, USA; Dr. Lawrence Lavery, UT South Western Medical Center, USA;  Dr. Joon Pio Hong, University of Ulsan and Asan Medical Center, South Korea; Dr. F. Javier Aragón-Sánchez, La Paloma Hospital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; Dr. Kristien Van Acker, International Working Group on Diabetic Foot, Belgium; Dr. Stephanie C. S. Wu, Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research, USA; Dr. Kartik Hariharan, Royal Gwent Hospital, UK; Dr. Ajit Kumar Varma, Department of Podiatrist Surgery, India; Dr. Bijan Najafi, Baylor College of Medicine, USA; Dr. Jorge Berlanga Acosta, Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cuba and Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, USA. Conference sessions will cover the latest research developments in diabetic foot disease, including a focus on prevention, infection, osteomyelitis, diabetic Charcot foot and offloading.

“The conference program consists of theory and hands-on workshops delivered in parallel. This conference will deliver the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices in dressing and pressure offloading equipment. Scientific information for healthcare professionals will be disseminated over two days, providing opportunities for hospital leaders, industry leaders, managers, academics, healthcare professionals and government officials to exchange ideas on technology trends and best practices,” said Mrs. Mounia Mustafa Sabasse, President, Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group and Head of the Scientific Committee for the conference.

She added that the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group has undertaken major initiatives to raise awareness about the prevention of diabetes, noting that foot complications related to uncontrolled diabetes can have life-altering consequences for the patient so diabetic foot care and amputation prevention efforts must become a collective agenda for practitioners worldwide. Diabetes is a chronic and complex condition affecting approximately 415 million people worldwide. In Qatar and the wider Gulf region, Type 2 diabetes is a major health challenge, and diabetic foot and lower limb amputations are among the most significant and devastating complications of the disease.

Held under the leadership of the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group (GDFWG), a non-profit and non-government organization established in 2012 and led by expert, multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman, this is the third Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference. The first was held in Oman in April 2015 and the second in Kuwait in March 2016. The Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference is one of the GDFWG’s major outreach events.

For more information on the 3rd Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference, visit https://www.hamad.qa/EN/All-Events/3-GDFC/Pages/default.aspx.

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