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

chological implications of surgery in this population will be presented and discussed with leading international pediatrician and diabetes experts.


Tuesday, September 16

Session VI: Mechanisms of Surgical Control of Diabetes
(7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m.)

Dr. David Cummings, deputy director of the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Unit and associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, will discuss the various mechanisms of diabetes control after GI surgery, including evidence demonstrating diabetic improvement as a result of mechanisms independent of weight-loss and lowered caloric intake. Recent research and ongoing studies will be presented showing important implications of this new information. Dr. Cummings will discuss how this new information improves upon the understanding of diabetes and the significance of surgical intervention for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

A panel of diabetologists and surgeons will attempt to prioritize future research directions in order to gain a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms and the effects of GI surgery, independent of weight-loss.

Dr. Jesse Roth will explain the mechanisms of surgical control of diabetes and how such procedures might lead to the identification of new drug targets for pharmaceutical research and development with the hope of potentially mimicking the effects of surgery.

Session VII: Weighing Research Priorities in an Era of Constraint
(9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.)

Drs. Cummings and Roth will present data suggesting that the remarkable anti-diabetic impact of certain GI operations -- specifically gastric bypass -- cannot be attributed solely to reduced food intake and body weight.

A panel of diabetologists and surgeons will attempt to prioritize future research directions in order to gain a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms and the effects of GI
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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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