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Study Groups in the field of diabetes

AIDPIT - Artificial Insulin Delivery, Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Study Group

The AIDPIT Study Group addresses key research areas, that offer the most progress in comparison to current treatment options:

  • Therapeutic devices, in particular development of insulin delivery systems and glucose-sensors (along with fast- or long-acting insulin or insulin analogues) and
  • Biologic therapy, such as replacement of the defunct endogenous pancreatic islet cells by transplantation of vascularised pancreas, isolated islet cells or pancreas regeneration.

D&CVD - Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Study Group


  • Promote advancement of knowledge on all aspects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes through active co-operation between interested diabetologists and other specialists, particularly cardiologists
  • Bring together researchers working in the field of cardiovascular disease in diabetes to exchange experiences in research and to promote discussions during regular meetings
  • Work actively for the establishment of European and international collaborative studies
  • Act as a reference group in matters related to cardiovascular disease and diabetes


DCSG - Diabetes and Cancer Study Group

There has been a recent surge of interest in the potential associations between diabetes, diabetes treatments and cancer risk, backed by confirmation that a mounting number of cancer types are associated with type 2 diabetes.


DESG - Diabetes Education Study Group

The aims of the DESG are to encourage and support therapeutic education about diabetes and the rapid diffusion of acquired scientific knowledge in the field.


DFSG - Diabetic Foot Study Group

The aim of the Diabetic Foot Study Group is to promote an advancement of knowledge on all aspects of diabetic foot care through active co-operation and collaboration between diabetologists, podiatrists, specialist nurses, orthopaedic and vascular surgeons and all other specialists with an interest in caring for diabetic patients with foot problems.


DIAB IMAGE - Biomedical Imaging in Diabetes Study Group

The aim of the Study Group is to further research and education in biomedical imaging in all type of diabetes, but mainly Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes (T1D/ T2D). Particularly, DIAB IMAGE aims to foster the use of biomedical imaging in T1D and T2D, exploit complimentary expertise between diabetologists, imaging experts and researchers in related fields, build up networks across the related disciplines, defining the most important scientific questions that need to be addressed and help to define European science policy in respect to imaging in diabetes.

DNSG - Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group

Aims of the DNSG are to promote scientific interchange on clinical and metabolic effects of nutrition in relation to diabetes and the implementation of appropriate dietary therapy in individuals with diabetes.


DPSG - Diabetes Pregnancy Study Group

The aims of the DPSG are to improve the detection and management of diabetes in pregnant women and their offspring by fostering research, treatment and education in the subject of diabetic pregnancy.


EASDec - Eye Complications Study Group

EASDec is a study group with special responsibility for all eye complications of diabetes. Its aim is to promote the advancement of knowledge on all aspects of diabetic retinopathy, including epidemiology, pathology, pathophysiology, imaging, prevention and treatment through an active cooperation between ophthalmologists, diabetologists and a wide range of laboratory and clinical scientists.

The ultimate goal of the Group is to search for the best treatment for diabetic retinopathy to prevent the development of visual impairment in people with diabetes.


EDEG - European Diabetes Epidemiology Group

The goal of the group is to lead and facilitate epidemiological research on disorders of glucose tolerance and its complications and to act as a forum for interchange and dissemination of findings.


EDNSG - European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group

The Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group is established with the aim of assembling researchers interested in diabetic renal disease in order to study epidemiology, pathology, pathophysiology and treatment of this complication of diabetes mellitus. The ultimate goal of the Group is to prevent the appearance or the development of kidney disease and to search far the best treatment of this condition in diabetic patients.


EGIR - European Group for the Study of Insulin Resistance

The aim of the EGIR group is to study insulin resistance and its relationship with beta cell function, risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other metabolic diseases.


ExPAS - Exercise and Physical Activity Study Group

The aim of the Study Group is to promote communication, scientific collaborations and clinical education in the areas that link exercise sciences to metabolism and diabetes.

HSRHE-SG - Health Services Research and Health Economics Study Group

The aim of the group is to strengthen already existing research initiatives in the analysis of clinical and cost-effectiveness of diabetes routine care with a focus on a patient-centered approaches. The group will establish joint research projects to further develop the link between basic science, clinical science and health services research studies.

IHSG - International Hypoglycaemia Study Group

A group of healthcare professionals (HCPs), with relevant clinical and/or research expertise and interests, who examine issues associated with the problem of hypoglycaemia in people with diabetes. The IHSG seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of hypoglycaemia and its complications, enable strategies to enhance patient care by adequately managing the risks of hypoglycaemia and considering tools for prevention, through proactive scientific communication within the HCP community.


INCSG - Incretin Study Group

The overall goal of the INCRETIN Study Group is to confront knowledge and ideas related to incretin physiology and clinical applications with the aim to identify key questions that need to be addressed in clinical and fundamental science and propose key clinical trials; to diffuse news and organize meetings about incretins and related topics. These goals are achieved through organization of round tables discussions, which take place every other year, to discuss what is “known, new, controversial” in the incretin field.


ISG - Islet Study Group

The Islet Study Group arose from discussions of participants of the islet meeting held at Coleraine 15-18 September 1991. Since this time, the Group has held meetings annually in close association with the main EASD Congress. Approximately 120 participants attend each meeting, which are of 2-days duration. 


MSSG - Study Group on Metabolic Surgery


  • To promote an ongoing dialogue between diabetologists, surgeons and gastroenterologists/endoscopists in order to integrate the clinical and research expertise of these different disciplines.
  • To encourage scientific collaboration among clinicians and basic scientists and to facilitate translational mechanistic and precision medicine studies to further investigate the cross talk between gut, liver, pancreas and the CNS.
  • To establish a European network of interested investigators and strengthen their competitiveness for research grant applications and to networking with sister associations in United States, South America and other countries.
  • To promote the knowledge of metabolic surgery within physicians and patients through eLearning and teaching courses.
  • To promote liaison with stakeholders involved in obesity and morbid obesity and with patients’ organizations.


NAFLD - Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

NAFLD is currently the most common liver disorder both in the US and Europe. The fatty liver may progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which markedly increases the risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD is the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome and characterizes the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes.


NEURODIAB - Diabetes Neuropathy Study Group

NEURODIAB is a study group with special responsibility for Diabetic Neuropathy. Its aim is to promote the advance of knowledge on all aspects of diabetic neuropathy through an active cooperation between interested diabetologists and other specialists such as neurologists, neurophysiologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, etc. In pursuit of this aim it will also encourage appropriate surveys and clinical trials.


PCDE - Study Group on Primary Care Research in Diabetology

PCD Europe exists to provide a focal point for primary care clinicians and their patients. Its purpose is to promote high standards of care throughout Europe. Emphasis is placed on incorporating evidence-based medicine into daily practice as well as promoting diabetes education and research in primary care.


PSAD - Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group

The aims of the PSAD Study Group are:

  • to stimulate communication between researchers and clinicians in the field of psychosocial aspects of diabetes
  • to improve the quality of psychosocial research in diabetes
  • to stimulate dissemination of effective psychosocial interventions in diabetes care


RM-SG - Reactive Metabolites in Diabetes Study Group

The major focus of the Study Group is to define the role of reactive metabolites, such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive carbonyl species (RCS), in diabetes, especially the role in promoting late diabetic complications. Understanding the formation of those metabolites and the molecular mechanism(s) of their action with respect to late complications will facilitate the development of new diagnostic but also therapeutic strategies.

SGGD - Study Group on Genetics of Diabetes

Aim: To promote research into the genetic basis of all forms of diabetes (and related conditions), as well as to promote the interaction and transfer of knowledge between basic scientists and the clinical community.