Navigation Links
UCL and Novo Nordisk partner to take action against urban diabetes
Date:3/28/2014

UCL is partnering with Novo Nordisk and the Steno Diabetes Center a world leading institution in diabetes care and prevention to launch the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative, an ambitious new partnership programme to fight urban diabetes.

The Cities Changing Diabetes programme will initially launch in Mexico City, with cities in North America, Europe and Asia to follow.

The aim of the programme is to map where the problem of diabetes is most acute, share solutions and drive concrete action to fight it in cities around the world. To do so, the partners will work with a range of additional local partners including healthcare professionals, city authorities, urban planners, businesses, academics and community leaders, amongst others.

Following the programme's initial discovery phase, UCL will work with Novo Nordisk and the Steno Diabetes Center and a range of policy makers and experts drawn from health authorities, the private sector and the volunteer sector to announce multi-year action plans detailing the commitments of its campaign in each of the cities that will be part of the programme.

UCL's contribution will be led by Professor David Napier, Professor of Medical Anthropology in the UCL Department of Anthropology. He will be leading a team of research staff who will gather data on the ground about diabetes epidemiology in urban environments. His involvement was facilitated by UCL Consultants, an independent company wholly owned by UCL and one of the UK's leading providers of academic consultancy services.

The rise of diabetes is one of the world's most serious health challenges. By 2030, it is estimated that more than half a billion people will suffer from diabetes. Today, nearly two thirds of everyone with diabetes live in cities, and those who move to cities are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than those who remain in rural settings.

From rising wealth and increasing consumption, to more sedentary lifestyles and inequality of access to health care, urban living presents a major challenge to health and has become one of the key drivers behind the acceleration of global diabetes.

"The global diabetes epidemic is an emergency in slow motion," says Lars Rebien Srensen, chief executive officer, Novo Nordisk. "While there are many factors fuelling the growth trajectory of diabetes, the most striking contributor is urbanisation and the growth of cities. The 'Cities Changing Diabetes' programme is our call to arms for people around the world to work together to tackle this for the long-term."

David Napier, Professor of Medical Anthropology in the UCL Department of Anthropology, said:

"We are delighted to bring our expertise to bear through supporting research that will underpin Cities Changing Diabetes. We will be working on the ground to gather data across the globe, setting a baseline to the challenge of diabetes, and acting as a platform for future action. Working with Cities Changing Diabetes, we aim to make an impact that is sustainable into the future, giving new momentum to this global initiative."

The Minister of Health of Mexico City, Dr Armando Ahued Ortega, states that early detection of diabetes and care hereof are one of his administration's public health priorities.

"We have implemented large-scale initiatives to fight overweight, obesity and diabetes and we are starting to see the results. However, diabetes continues to constitute a heavy burden for the city's health services. I look forward to seeing the results from the research phase initiated today, as they will provide a solid foundation for developing an integrated response to tackle this public health emergency. I am very proud of Mexico City taking the global lead to fight urban diabetes."


'/>"/>

Contact: Henry Rummins
h.rummins@ucl.ac.uk
020-767-99063
University College London
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Novo Nordisk and BGI establish global collaboration framework
2. New international partnership aims to unlock wheats potential
3. JAX, UC Davis partner on shared research infrastructure, education initiatives
4. Iowa State Universitys Wintersteen talks partnerships at national science meeting
5. MRC funds BREATHE Africa partnership
6. EcoHealth Alliance and Bat Conservation International forge partnership to work on global bat conservation and public health issues
7. Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population
8. Anglo-French partnership develops guidance on future management of English Channel
9. DHL and Panthera partner to conserve South Africas leopards
10. Bold new partnership launches to harness potential of data scientists and big data
11. NSF, with interagency and international partners, makes first round of grants to understand Arctic sustainability
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/9/2016)... Finland , June 9, 2016 ... National Police deploy Teleste,s video security solution to ensure the ... France during the major tournament ... data communications systems and services, announced today that its video ... Prefecture to back up public safety across the ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... June 2, 2016   The Weather Company , an ... Ads, an industry-first capability in which consumers will be able ... to ask questions via voice or text and receive relevant ... Marketers have long sought an advertising solution ... can be personal, relevant and valuable; and can scale across ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... -- VoiceIt is excited to announce its new marketing ... working together, VoiceIt and VoicePass will offer an ... slightly different approaches to voice biometrics, collaboration between ... Both companies ... "This marketing and technology partnership allows VoiceIt ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has ... Association to serve as their official health care ... Willowbrook will provide sponsorship support, athletic training services, ... coaches, volunteers, athletes and families. "We ... Association and to bring Houston Methodist quality services ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is pleased to ... faster cures for prostate cancer. Members of the Class of 2016 were selected ... Read More About the Class of 2016 PCF Young Investigators ... ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... --  EpiBiome , a precision microbiome engineering company, today ... from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The financing will allow ... drug development efforts, as well as purchase additional lab ... been an incredible strategic partner to us – one ... provide," said Dr. Aeron Tynes Hammack , EpiBiome,s ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... STACS DNA Inc., the sample tracking software ... State Crime Laboratory, has joined STACS DNA as a Field Application Specialist. , ... Tremblay, President and COO of STACS DNA. “In further expanding our capacity as a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: