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EASD Scientists Training Course 2019

Topic: Practical course to study epidemiology, physiology, and treatment of diabetes and related complications

EASD will hold its 26th Scientists Training Course in Gentofte, Denmark, from Sunday November 17th to Friday November 22nd 2019, with the objective of promoting new talents in the field of diabetes research and fostering diabetes research in centers throughout the world.

The Scientists Training Course is open to EASD members who hold some experience in research and who work in an academic environment. Applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English, the language in which the Scientists Training Course will be conducted. A maximum of 16 applicants will be admitted in order to maintain a high level of personalized attention and interaction. Participants are required to attend the course for its entire duration.

Venue and organizers

The 26th Training Course will be hosted by the Clinical Research at the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Gentofte, Denmark. Prof Peter Rossing, Prof Tina Vilsbøll, Prof Flemming Pociot, Prof Marit E Jørgensen, Dr Kirsten Nørgaard, Dr Cristina Legido-Quigley and their colleagues are responsible for organizing the course.

Format

A hands-on practical course will be provided for a maximum of 16 participants who will rotate in four groups through the clinical research facilities. The concept of small groups will provide intensive interaction with trainers and trainees. Course contents will be structured into thematic blocks, each of which will consist of introductory lectures followed by practical training.

Focus

The course is designed to provide hands-on training on some of the basic aspects of research of diabetes physiology and intervention. The course will offer participants a comprehensive view of both theoretical background and practical methods with the end goal of applying and transferring this newly acquired knowledge to their respective home institutions.

Contents

Daily hands-on sessions will include:

(1) How to apply data from several sources – conventional cohort studies, large clinical data sets as well as National and international health registers, with the aim to develop preventive strategies for persons with impaired glucose metabolism and treatment strategies for persons with diabetes.

(2 How to apply new technologies including pumps sensors and integration with apps, in diabetes research aiming at improving glycaemic control.

(3) Assessment of the vascular system in clinical studies

(4) How to study the complexity of prediction of DM or DM complications with composite biomarker signatures including changes in pancreatic beta cell protein, metabolites, mRNA, non-coding RNA, and DNA signatures across a number of clinical, pre-clinical, and in vitro platforms.

Criteria and eligibility for acceptance to the course

Applications may be made by any paid-up member of EASD having received their highest degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM) no more than five (basic scientist) or seven years (clinician) before 1 January in the year of the course. The number of participants is strictly limited and the most suitable candidates will be selected by the sub-committee on the basis of the information provided in the application form.

Cost of the course

Applicants will be asked to pay 300 € as registration fee, as well as their transportation to and from Gentofte, Denmark. All other expenses, including board and lodging, will be covered by EASD funds, supported by Lilly Diabetes. Following individual requests and evaluation for eligibility, the registration fee may be waived. In exceptional circumstances and following a formal application, EASD may, if necessary, also provide a travel grant.

Application procedures

Interested candidates should submit their application as a Word file attachment to mary.hata@easd.org.

The application must include the following:

1. A curriculum vitae giving date and place of birth, current professional address (with telephone and email address) and full details of education and academic and/or clinical career to date. There should be a complete list of publications and mention of any meetings or workshops attended. It is important to include all courses attended which were funded by EASD.

2. A one-page letter of support from the head of the applicant’s current department. Aside from attesting to the qualities of the candidate, this letter should clearly state how the department proposes to provide the necessary facilities and support to allow the candidate to continue in diabetes research.

3. A one-page description of the applicant’s current research interests, including a brief explanation of how the applicant feels the course will help in a future career in diabetes research.

4. Proof of EASD membership number

Applications not including these pages will not be considered.

Applications must be received at the EASD Secretariat in Düsseldorf before 27 September 2019.