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Session highlights of the 1st World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes
Date:9/12/2008

New York (September 12, 2008) -- Nearly 100 of the world's leading authorities on diabetes, health care policy and finance from public and private sectors will gather in New York City next week to discuss the appropriate role of new interventional therapies for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Currently, the condition is one of the fastest-growing epidemics in the world, affecting an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States in 2007 alone, and is one of the costliest conditions to treat. The 1st World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes will convene on September 15-16, 2008.

The Congress has been endorsed by 26 of the most prestigious diabetes, medical and surgical societies in the world. Attendees and faculty represent 46 countries and six continents.

According to Dr. Jesse Roth, a congress faculty member, researcher and diabetologist at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City:

"Surgery has arrived like a comet across the firmament of diabetes and obesity -- unexpected, brilliant, with great promise for the future. Teams of talented researchers are moving ahead to define the role of surgery in the treatment of both of these scourges."

Monday, September 15

Session I: Diabetes: Epidemiology, Pathology and Socioeconomic Burden
(7:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m.)

Dr. Paul Zimmet, professor at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute of Monash University in Caulfield South, Australia, will present an update on the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in various countries of the world, analyzing potential implications and future trends.

The social and economic burden of type 2 diabetes will also be discussed amongst diabetes experts, including representatives from the World Health Organization and top health authorities from the United States, including Dr. Richard Daines, New Y
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Contact: John Rodgers
jdr2001@med.cornell.edu
212-821-0560
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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