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Uni launches Europe's first institute to tackle diabetes in the elderly

Uni launches Europe's first institute to tackle diabetes in the elderly

The first dedicated Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) in Europe will be launched at the University of Bedfordshire on 23 May 2008.

Headed by Professor Alan Sinclair, an international expert in diabetes and geriatrics and Deputy Dean at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School, IDOP will work with health professionals and the public to enhance the health and wellbeing of aging adults with diabetes and related problems.

This will be the first Institute of its kind to specifically combine clinical practice, education and research in the field of diabetes.

The aims of IDOP include:

  • facilitating research into diabetes
  • creating important links with health organisations in the UK and Europe to raise awareness of this problem
  • developing courses, seminars and workshops at the University
  • creating opportunities for networking and collaboration between researchers, clinicians and health professionals

Professor Sinclair said: "Diabetes is a serious and increasingly common condition, especially among the growing older population. Our University and Postgraduate Medical School is ideally placed to develop this important initiative and lead the way in the development of diabetes care within this often vulnerable group of people."

University of Bedfordshire

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