CME/CPD Accreditation

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners – Accreditation Department and is approved for a maximum of 23.5 hours for the 3-full day conference.

The pre-conference Workshop is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners – Accreditation Department and is approved for a maximum of 5.25 hours.   



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“Childhood Diabetes: From Novel Discoveries to Clinical Practice”

Sidra Medicine is hosting the Conference on Understanding molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular biology, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke (CUDOS 2018)  from 22-24 September 2018.

Following the success of CUDOS 2017, this year’s conference is themed on: Childhood Diabetes: From Novel Discoveries to Clinical Practice

Our motto is to improve lives through cutting edge research, stimulate and motivate, deliberate, and cooperate to emphasize a solution for various problems associated with childhood diabetes and complications. Our conference represents:

  • One of the typical avenues to establish new partnership & collaborations.
  • Best location to learn and inspire
  • Network expansion with both Academia and Business
  • An exciting professional learning experience and educational leadership

A Message from the Chairperson



On behalf of Sidra Medicine and the Scientific Planning committee, it is my honor to invite you to the 2nd Annual Conference on Understanding Molecular Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Biology, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke (CUDOS 2018) to be held at Qatar National Convention Centre, Auditorium I, Doha, Qatar on 22nd-24th September, 2018.

This year’s conference will bring together world-class diabetes specialists from around the globe and high-caliber Qatari researchers and clinicians to explore the challenges and treatment options for one of the world’s most prevalent disorders.

Our program agenda this year will comprise of 14 scientific session distributed over the three exciting days, including keynote  lectures, plenary sessions, experts opinions, round table discussions, posters  presentations, award winners and social interactions among the diverse attendees. We are thrilled to host this meeting in Doha, Qatar’s fastest growing city and the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup.







Respectfully Yours,

Dr. Ammira-Sarah Akil

Chairperson and Organizer

CUDOS conference series


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Conference Overview

Childhood diabetes is a situation in children which occur when the endocrine glands are not functioning properly. Childhood Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disorder manifested by the body’s lack of ability to make insulin due to autoimmune death of the pancreatic beta cells responsible on insulin production and release. The majority of pediatric patients with diabetes have type 1, thus, they need an external source of insulin for life. A high percentage of children with type 1 diabetes at the time of diagnosis are obese.

Children affected with type 2 diabetes are usually at a greater risk of developing complications. Type 2 diabetes can influence almost every main organ and tissue in the child body, including but not limited to the vascular system, nervous system, kidneys and eyes. diabetes complications may be impairing or even life-threatening.

In the MENA region and according to the International Diabetes Federation “IDF” 2016 report, there is one in six live births is affected by hyperglycemia in pregnancy “17.9% in women aged 20-49 years” and over a million children and adolescents have type 1 diabetes.  Until recent time, most of children diagnosed with diabetes had type 1 diabetes, however, there is another forms of childhood diabetes that have an effects on the overall picture of the diseases in the patient cohort under 19 years old. Furthermore, due to the increase prevalence of childhood diabetes in the past three decades, there has been a parallel increase in the predominance of pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes among children.

This year, the CUDOS 2018 conference endeavor is to create a creative platform on how to transfer the novel discoveries to clinical practice and promote clinical and basic sciences in the area of childhood diabetes and its complications as well as providing better care for children and young people and raising awareness in Qatar and worldwide.

Conference Objectives

CUDOS (Conference on Understanding molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular biology, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke) conference series aim to target areas of human health related to underlying mechanisms of metabolic disease, disease biomarkers and therapeutic options. This year, we focus on childhood diabetes, aiming to bring together a three-day conference with talks specifically discussing the current research innovation in diabetes technologies and treatment strategies for mothers and children with or at risk of diabetes. The conference brings together a wealth of international research expertise whilst identifying key research strengths and capabilities relevant to developing future research programs in understanding the health of women and children with type 1 diabetes.



  • Identify, discuss and understand the research priorities for Type 1 diabetes in Qatar
  • Facilitate research development in understanding the environmental determinant of Type 1 diabetes
  • Encourages collaboration and communication between academia, clinicians, government and non-profit research funding agencies, commercial organizations and the type 1 diabetes community
  • Understand the potential in development of newer technologies for a cure to childhood obesity and Type 1 diabetes.

Conference Sessions

  • Opening and Welcoming Remarks
  • Genetics and Environmental Triggers and Determinants of Type 1 Diabetes
  • Clinical Diabetes, Acute and Chronic Complications
  • Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 1
  • Care of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes
  • New Technologies, Clinical Trails and Therapeutic Approaches for the Management of Childhood Diabetes.
  • ASK THE EXPERTS  Roundtable Discussion: Pancreatic Islet Cellular Therapy Project in Qatar
  • Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 2
  • Prevention of Childhood Diabetes and its Complications
  • Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Pathophysiology of Childhood Diabetes
  • SPECIAL DISCUSSION– A discussion on the Future of Precision Medicine at Sidra: Research-Clinical and Pathological views
  • Pancreatic Islet Biology and Insulin Secretion
  • Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 3

Target Audience

The CUDOS, 2018 conference in Qatar is open for all the qualified professionals:

  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Medical Scientist/Researcher/ Trainee


More info

More Info

Pre-Conference Educational Workshop

Workshop Title: 

“Improving Diabetes Care in Specific Situation using Technology: Clinical Aspects of Managing Type 1 Diabetes.”  

When:  Thursday, 20th of September

Time:  7:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where:  Sidra OPC 5th Floor (Conference room C5-401 A&B)

Speakers:  Dr. Goran Petrovski, Dr. Ammira Akil and Judith Campbell 

Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

– Appreciate specific consideration in diabetes management

– Understand the importance of technology use in exercise, sick days and pregnancy.

– Understand the therapeutic protocols in specific considerations.

– Appreciate the role of Glucose sensors in Diabetes Management.

– Learn about different CGM devices and their use.

– Understand the importance of CGM as diagnostic tool and therapeutic tool.

Target Audience:

– Physicians

– Nurses

Workshop Program Agenda: (Accredited for 5.25 CME/CPD credit Hours)

Workshop Program Agenda


Reminder:  All Attendees must present their CUDOS Conference Registration receipts upon arrival.  We only have 30 seats available so please send an email to to reserve a slot.

Registration Packages

Regular/Onsite Registration
starting Sep 11, 2018
Students FREE
Professionals QAR 600


** NOTE **

* Registration for Students. Students must present valid Student IDs upon registration.

* Registration for Sidra Medicine employeesSidra Medicine employees please REGISTER HERE and email Maria Brunsman at  for more information and registration password.


Conference Daily Timings

  • September 22:   7:00 am to 6.00 pm
  • September 23:   7:00 am to 6.00 pm
  • September 24:   7:30 am to 6.00 pm

Abstract and Poster Submission

Oral & Poster Presentation

Deadline for submission is September 10, 2018. To learn more kindly click on the links below for details:


Abstract Guidelines Poster Guidelines Application Form


Scientific Sessions' Moderators

Keynote Lectures from

Professor Abdul Badi Abou Samra
Chairman, Department of Medicine, Director, Qatar Metabolic Institute, Hamad Medical Corporation

Professor Torben Hansen
Scientific Director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre, University OF Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Chittaranjan S Yajnik
Director, Diabetes Unit, KEM Hospital Research Centre, India

Professor Anand Hardikar
JDRF Australia T1D Clinical Research Network Fellow, Visiting Professor, Danish Diabetes Academy, Group leader | Diabetes and Islet Biology, NHMRC-CRC university of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Professor Flemming Pociot
Sten Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital and Copenhagen Diabetes Research Center (CPH-DIRECT), Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Mikael Knip
Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Professor Khalid Hussain
Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar

Special Lectures from

Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq
Executive Director, Qatar Diabetes Association, Qatar

Dr. Ibrahim Shatat
Medical Director – Nephrology and Hypertension Unit, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

Professor Deborah Christie
Clinical lead for Child and Adolescent Psychological Services, President Society for Adolescent Health and MedicineUniversity College London Hospitals UCLH, London, UK

Professor Shahrad Taheri
Consultant Endocrinology, Hamad Medical Corporation

Professor Timothy Barrett
Program Director, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

Professor Jose Ordovas
Director, Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory

Professor Bruce Verchere
Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia




Selected Speakers

Professor Timothy Barrett
Program Director for Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Birmingham Children’s Hospital- England

Professor Ronald Ma
Head, Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics,Department of Medicine and therapeutics, faculty of Medicine, the Chicness University of Hong Kong- HK

Professor Jenny Couper
Head of Pediatrics and Reproductive health, women’s and children’s hospital, University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Tony Keech
Deputy director, NHMRC Clinical Trail centre, NHMRC-CTC, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Professor Badreldeen Ahmed
Director, Feto Maternal Medical Centre, Weill-Cornell Medical College- Qatar

Professor Jose M Ordovas
Director, Nutrition and Genomics laboratory, Boston Children Hospital, USA

Lectures and speakers from Sidra Medicine

Professor Ziyad Hijazi
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Professor Khalid Hussain
Chief Pediatric Endocrinology

Professor Goran Petrovski
Diabetes consultant

Dr. Khalid Fakhro
Director- Human Genetics Department

Dr. Ammira Akil
Chair- CUDOS conference series, Staff Scientist- Human Genetics

The Scientific Planning Committee

Dr. Ammira Akil
Conference Chair (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Christof von Kalle
CRO (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Rashid Al Ali
Deputy CRO (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khaled Machaca
Professor (WCM-Q)

Dr. Ziyad Hijazi
Chief  (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khalid Hussain
Professor (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Anand Hardikar
Associate Professor (University of Sydney)

Dr. Shana Jacobs
Staff Scientist (Sidra Medicine)

Mrs. Judith Campbell
Nurse Practitioner (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Meritxell Guarch
Staff Scientist (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Ussama Abdel-Mutal
Staff Scientist (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khalid Fakhro
Director (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Bernice Lo
Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Souhaila Al Khodor
Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Annalisa Terranegra
Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Marios Kambouris
Senior Attending Physician (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Monica Young
Professor and co-Director (Qatar Metabolic Institute)

Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq 
Executive Director (Qatar Diabetes Association)

Dr. Xavier Estivill
Chair of Genetics Program (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Nahla Afifi
Acting Director (Qatar Bio-Bank)

Dr. Younes Mokrab
Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Mr. Mohammed Abuhaliqa
Research Associate (Sidra Medicine)

Elizabeth Diane MacGillivray
Executive Director of Marketing (Hamad Medical Corporation)

Anish Nicholas Patel
Pharmacist (Sidra Medicine)

Judith Campbell
Nurse Practitioner (Sidra Medicine)

Kara Nesimiuk
Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations (Carnegie Mellon University)

Samah Gamar
Vice President (College of North Atlantic)

Sumaya Zein
Event Specialist (Qatar University)

Laila Ali
Research Specialist (Sidra Medicine)

Nelly EL Mistekawy
CRO Office Manager

Maria Theresa Brunsman
Executive Assistant

Rana Hamada
Executive Assistant

Maricris Salud
Executive Assistant

Nevin Amin
Sr. Admin Assistant

Kimberly Nieto
Sr. Admin Assistant

Hamda Zain Al Abdeen
Communications Event Specialist

Visa Requirements

Visa applications to attend this conference is the responsibility of each Individual.  However, we are able to provide some assistance if needed.

For further assistance, please contact Maria Theresa Burnsmanat

Starts / Ends

On       September 22, 2018
Until       September 24, 2018

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Venue Location

Qatar Conventional Center - QNCC