Diabetes – a Global Challenge

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24th March 2014, University of CopenhagenUniversity_of_copenhagen150x150

Diabetes is a growing health problem in rich and poor countries alike. With this course you will get updated on cutting-edge diabetes research including biological, genetic and clinical aspects as well as prevention and epidemiology of diabetes.
All information will be provided by high-profile scientists from one of the world’s leading universities in diabetes research.


Obesity is a common disorder, and in the United States and many other western countries more than half of the populations are overweight or obese. The prevalence is increasing dramatically, and the number of obese individuals worldwide is now projected to reach as much as 1.1 billion by 2030. Along with the increasing numbers of obese people, the prevalence of type-2 diabetes is increasing tremendously worldwide due to the westernized lifestyle. However, the sensitivity of the individual to a westernized lifestyle and development of diabetes appears to be much dependent on his or her genetic risk factors.

As diabetes is associated with a high rate of morbidity and mortality, and thereby accounts for a large part of the public health care expenses, there is a great interest in diabetes research to improve knowledge, prevention and treatment of diabetes.

This diabetes course will give you the newest state of the art updates on diabetes research in the fields of clinical aspects of diabetes and regulation of insulin secretion, epidemiology of diabetes, heritability of diabetes, genetic aspects of diabetes, prevention of diabetes and insulin resistance, molecular insulin resistance, cellular aspects of diabetes, physiological regulation of blood glucose, type 1 diabetes and stem cell research in diabetes.

Each section will be covered by world leading professors (to be announced) in the specific areas.

Target Group

The course is aimed at students who are on an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level with a background in biology, medicine or life sciences. Experienced health care providers and others interested in the newest diabetes research and knowledge can also follow the course.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
What resources will I need for this class?

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and eagerness to learn more about new research in a medical field, which influences all the world’s nations.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?

These years groundbreaking research is being done withing diabetology. This course will introduce you to the newest results from not just one, but many different areas of diabetes research, giving you an overview of the entire field.

Here you can find all information and sign up for the course.


Tip: More up to date educational events dealing with diabetes can be found online on the Education Database »medicine & health«.




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