31th October 2014 "From research to therapy for the treatment and prevention of diabetes"

It was held on the 31st of October the seminar entitlet: "From research to therapy for the treatment and prevention of diabetes" at the Sala Maffei (Cremona Chamber of Commerce). The event was organized by the Avantea Foundation within the European project Xenoislet.

Xenoislet is a research program founded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).  Five partners are partecipating in the program: Avantea (Italy), Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Glasgow Caledonia University (United Kingdom), Biotalentum Tudasfejleszto and Avidin Kutato (Hungary). The aim of the meeting was to bring the public closer to the scientific research and, in particular, to disseminate the knowledge of the current research for the cure of diabetes.

The event was attended by a large number of secondary school students from Cremona. During the first session of the conference the current state of research for the treatment of diabetes both in the field of stem cells and in the transplantation of pancreatic islets was illustrated. The first aspect has been addressed by prof. Henrik Semb from University of Copenaghen and director  of the Danish Stem Cell Center, while the session on transplantation of pancreatic islets was illustrated by the Prof. Pierre Gianello from the Chatolic University of Louvain (Belgium) and coordinator of Xenoislet project.

The themes of immunosuppression and complications related to organ transplantation  and the theme of prevention were the issues addressed in the second part of the conference. The speakers were Dr. Angelo Pan, director of the Unit of Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Cremona’s Hospital ”Istituti Ospitalieri” and Dr. Patrizia Ruggeri responsible for the Diabetes Center of the same Hospital. The Diabetics Association of Cremona also took part to the event with the talk of its president Mrs Alida Maestri Madini and of one of its member who described the experience with the disease and expressed his point of view with regard to scientific research in the field of diabetes.

The conference ended with a panel discussion which was attended by all the speakers.
The event was streamed live and recordings of the speeches are now available, click here.

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