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Endocrinologists and surgeons join forces to fight type 2 diabetes
Date:8/25/2008

New York (August 21, 2008) -- At the 1st World Congress for Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes, prominent endocrinologists from around the world will convene in an exchange with leading surgeons about the role of surgery and other emerging new therapies for type 2 diabetes.

Twenty-four of the most important Scientific Societies from the US and worldwide have endorsed the World Congress to encourage a responsible and timely discussion of all aspects of this emerging discipline, including its implications for public health and diabetes research.

"The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is pleased to endorse the 1st World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes" the Society said in a statement. "AACE recognizes the need for interventions that are proven to be safe and effective in the management of type 2 diabetes. AACE looks forward to participating in this very important scientific meeting, which will critically examine the potential role for surgery in treating type 2 diabetes and other related metabolic disorders."

"I am excited about the collaboration between endocrinologists and surgeons," said Dr. Louis Aronne clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. "Together along with other leading experts in diabetes and public health, the Congress will examine the emerging role of surgery, not only as a therapy for type 2 diabetes, but as a means to shed light on the causes of the disease. The lessons we are already learning from studying gastrointestinal surgery have tremendous implications for the same future of medical therapies of diabetes."

Type 2 Diabetes affects an estimated 24 million Americans and 246 million people worldwide, a number that is expected to grow to 380 million by 2025. Faced with the escalating global diabetes crisis, health care providers require potent tools for therapeutic interventions. Various types of surgery on the gastrointestinal
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Contact: John Rodgers
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212-821-0560
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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