This was my first ever Diabetes UK Professional Conference held in SECC in the beautiful city of Glasgow. Arriving at the venue with the professional delegates from the IBEX team, a bag pack containing the itinerary for the event was handed to us upon registration. The massive hall was filled with exhibition stands, exhibitor lounge, catering service, poster, networking and feature area. The programme booklet included information that would be disseminated in sessions ranging from basic and clinical science to primary and secondary care, complication, dietetics and also psychosocial aspect of diabetes. I had goose bumps seeing professionals with the highest accolades whose published journal papers I had only studied but never seen in person. I was delighted to hear the research contributions from the head of the IBEX team Prof. Noel Morgan and Dr. Sarah Richardson during the Dorothy Hodgkin lecture by Mark Peakman on the immune pathways in type 1 diabetes.
All the talks were fascinating and it was invigorating to see Diabetes from different angles of research. It was inspiring for me to see a multicultural team of clinicians, doctors, professors and scientists coming together in a course to defeating diabetes. My favourite talk was on islet transplantation, seeing the remarkable progress that researchers had made in the dediffentiation of epithelial cells to mesenchymal cells and finally to proper islets. Also, the Rank Nutrition lecture given by Roy Taylor in discovering that people with T2D may have more fat that they can tolerate meaning that such people have exceeded their personal fat threshold. His lecture reinstated that Fat loss is invaluable in getting people back to normal by changing their diet in a practical way. I was however opportune to check an exhibition stand for a finger prick test to measure my HbA1C without any payment. HbA1C measures your average blood glucose for the last 2-3 months. My results were of a normal range and I was quite happy because it was my first test.
After a day’s program, we took a cool walk following the pedestrian route around the SECC and the River Clyde to the city centre. The IBEX Team met with our long-time lovely collaborator Alan Foulis for Dinner at a popular Indian Cuisine. We had a mix of Indian delicacies from well prepared Salmon to the very spicy curried chickpea dish served with flat bread (Rumali roti).
Overall it was a wonderful experience with an engaging program, comfortable venue and a nice view of Scotland. I am very much looking forward to the next Diabetes UK Professional Conference in Manchester, 2017.