Posted on December 03, 2017

Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari attended the opening of the Second Qatar Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Conference (QDEM-2), which brought together local and international experts in the fields of endocrinology, obesity, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

The conference, hosted by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI), examined strategies and approaches for the prevention of diabetes and disease management and provided the latest updates on other endocrine topics. More than 700 physicians, allied healthcare professionals, and scientists working in healthcare, research, and academic organizations attended the event, held from 30 November to 2 December.

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“Diabetes is one of the most pressing health challenges in the world today and Qatar has among the highest incidence rates globally,” Her Excellency said. “It is imperative that we collaborate with local and international healthcare leaders and experts to find solutions and strategies to address this challenge. This conference is also an opportunity to share the work being done here in Qatar to deliver population-specific improvements in health and disease outcomes, such as the establishment of the National Obesity Treatment Center at HMC.”

Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at HMC, and QMI Director, Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra said the event highlighted the work being done at HMC and internationally, to develop a better understanding of such diseases in the region.

“It is estimated that approximately 17 percent of the adult Qatari population currently live with diabetes,” said Professor Abou-Samra. “Many of these people live with other associated complications such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, and vision impairment. These conditions not only reduce their life expectancy and compromise their quality of life but also negatively impact our health system. It is important for the medical community to meet and discuss trends, best practice, and long-term strategies for the prevention and mitigation of complications.”

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Dr. Mahmoud Ali Zirie, Senior Consultant and Head of HMC's Endocrinology and Diabetes Division and Chair of the Conference’s Organizing Committee, said the event included sessions dedicated to insulin therapy, thyroid cases, dyslipidemia, and a variety of other topical issues. “This conference was one of the year’s most significant gatherings of endocrinology clinicians and professionals in this region,” Dr. Zirie said. “This conference enabled healthcare professionals to share their own experiences and get up-to-date with the latest research, treatment, and prevention options.”