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Sidra, QMI meet to address diabetes and obesity in pregnancy.

Tribune News Network Doha Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) and Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI) will hold an international scientific conference on November 25 and 26 in Doha to help local healthcare professionals improve the quality of care for women with diabetes and obesity in pregnancy. The conference, 'Diabetes and Obesity in Pregnancy', will feature experts from around the world who will share insights on primary prevention, novel interventions, research and innovation in diabetes and obesity care. "The conference will be an opportunity to address possibly urgent issue in women and children's health gestational diabetes and obesity. Sharing research, knowledge and best practices in patient care is essential in tackling this epidemic. Education is one of Sidra's founding pillars and this symposium is just one example of the training and knowledge sharing we are committed to offering our staff and healthcare community in Qatar," said Prof Justin Konje, executive chair of Women's Services Clinical Management Group at Sidra. Known as the 'twin epidemic', obesity and diabetes are hazardous to fetal and maternal health. Together, they represent one of the most significant health challenges facing Qatar and the GCC. According to the conference organisers, the problem is exacerbated by limited understanding of what expectant mothers need to do before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after birth. The conference will address these gaps in knowledge among healthcare professionals as well as explore best practice in the management of obesity and diabetes in expectant mothers, and identify key research areas. Sidra will be offering access to the latest training and information to healthcare professionals in Qatar to ensure the best and safest care for patients. "We have an impressive line-up of international speakers and participants. This is part of our joint effort to align our approach in Qatar with that of the international healthcare community, which is essential for patient outcomes," said Dr Vincent Boama and Dr Gbemisola Okunoye, who are the co-organisers and senior attending physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sidra. A legacy of the conference is expected to be the formation of a GCC Clinical Research Network, which will see researchers from around the GCC discuss ways to collaborate. Talks will take place at a special session during the event. New research findings are also expected to be unveiled over the two days with the expectation that they will have a long-term practical impact on patient care. "From the physician to the pharmacist, each needs to be empowered in their specific area of clinical practice. We expect attendees to leave with tools and knowledge to improve patient care in their particular area," said Dr Mohammed Bashir, chair of the conference scientific committee and a senior consultant endocrinologist at Hamad General Hospital and QMI. The registration fee for attendees is $165 online or $190 for registration on site. More information is available at:

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Nov 16, 2016
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