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

ork State Health Commissioner, and from abroad, Dr. Jos Angel Crdova Villalobos, Minister of Health of Mexico.

Session II: Conventional Diabetes Therapies: Outcomes and Limitations
(10:20 a.m. 12:00 p.m.)

Dr. Harold Liebowitz, professor of medicine, from the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Diabetes at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center, will discuss the current treatments, comparing and contrasting the metabolic advantages and disadvantages of new therapies to the standard of care.

A panel discussion will follow, including surgeons and diabetologists, who will further compare and contrast the various therapies' risks, benefits and limitations.

Session III: Bariatric Surgery: Diabetic and Metabolic Outcomes
(Part 1: 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. / Part 2: 2:00 p.m. 2:45 p.m.)

Dr. Phil Schauer, a bariatric surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic, will chair a session providing an update of the efficacy of bariatric surgery with the hope of controlling diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension. Dr. Schauer will analyze the safety profiles of various operations compared with those of other commonly performed gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries.

Two large, recently published studies will be reviewed -- one from United States and one from Sweden -- showing that surgery can dramatically reduce mortality of severely obese patients. One such study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, by Dr. Ted Adams, adjunct associate professor and program director of the Health & Fitness Institute at LDS Hospital, at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, showed a 90 percent reduction of diabetes-specific mortality after gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Adams will present data from these studies, as well as new, unpublished data concerning the impact of surgery on the typical complications of diabetes. The authors believe that the findings have great significance, beca
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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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