“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




Childhood diabetes is a situation in children which 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

Sidra Medicine through its conferences and events, including the CUDOS conference series has been implemental in providing a vital avenue for physicians, clinicians, renewed scientists, young researchers, industrial delegates and talented student in the area of diabetes medicine under one roof to exchange ideas and research, share knowledge and expertise, networking and partnering with industrial and educational keynotes for the acceleration of future diabetes research.

Join us, along with leading international academic scientists, researchers and medical practitioners, as we educate and lead the exchange of ideas that will help advance research and clinical practices in cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity and strokes in Qatar and beyond.

Our symposiums also provide a platform forpotential future collaborations between universities, institutions, research bodies and organizations from different countries. We also offer joint international CME/CPD accreditation.

In addition to attending the conference, we invite you to discoverthe culturally rich atmosphere of Doha. The city offers visitors and locals a luxuriousmélangeof culture, sights and wonderfulcuisine.


Target Audience

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

Scientists, Clinicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Allied Health, Lab Specialists and Students, Diabetes specialists, Endocrinology professionals, Researchers in different areas of diabetes and its complications, Clinicians and clinicians’ researchers, Business Analysts, Academicians, Nurses and diabetes nurses, Lab specialists, Educators, Social workers, Schools managers, Primary care specialists, Pharmacists, Medical Students, Medical Science Students, Nutritionists, Sports specialist, Healthy lifestyle centers and organizations, Health care specialists, Regulatory agents, policy makers and direct service provider


Photos from Last Year’s conference, the CUDOS 2017



Conference Sessions

  • Epidemiology of Childhood Diabetes in Qatar and internationally
  • Clinical Diabetes, Acute and Chronic Complications
  • Nursing and Healthcare Strategies in Childhood Diabetes
  • Therapeutics/ New Technologies/ clinical trials
  • Young Qatari Investigators in Medical Sciences- Showcase Reports
  • Ask the experts- Panel Discussion
  • Selected Posters Abstracts Oral Presentations
  • Plenary Session – Advanced Childhood Care in QATAR
  • Molecular Mechanisms and clinical Pathophysiology of Childhood Diabetes and its complications
  • Pancreatic Islet Biology and Insulin Secretion
  • Prevention of Childhood diabetes and its complications


Educational Workshops

CUDOS will be hosting Educational Workshops that will run in parallel with the conference.

Click here for details.

Workshop 1:  How we can improve diabetes care in specific situations?

  • Date: 22nd September 2018
  • Time: 1:00-3:00 pm (2 Hours)
  • Facilitator: Professor Goran Petrovski, Diabetes consultant, Pediatric Endocrinology, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

Workshop 2: Will Continuous Glucose Monitoring System replace Traditional Blood Glucometer?

  • Date: 24th September 2018
  • Time: 11:00-12:30 pm (1.5 Hours)
  • Facilitator: Professor Goran Petrovski, Diabetes consultant, Pediatric Endocrinology, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

Workshop 3: The Impact of Diabetes Education Program on Children with Type 1 Diabetes and Their Family: Pilot Results

  • Date: 23rd September 2018, Time: 09:00-10:00 AM (1 Hour)
  • Date: 24rd September 2018, Time: 01:00-2:00 AM (1 Hour)
  • Facilitator: Fatima Al-Maslamani & Nada Abdullahi, Health Promotion, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

Note:  Should you wish to attend any of the above workshops, kindly register and sign up by emailing mbrunsman@sidra.org.  There are limited seats available so this will be a first come first serve basis.  Register and sign up NOW!


Registration Packages

Early Bird Regular Registration  Onsite
1 July 1 2018 21 September 2018 22 September  2018

QAR 200


QAR 400


QAR 550



QAR 800


QAR 1,000


 QAR 1,100



Registration for Students

Students must present valid Student IDs upon registration.


Registration for Sidra Medicine employees

Sidra Medicine employees please REGISTER HERE and contact email Maria Brunsman at mbrunsman@sidra.org  for more information and registration password.

  • Sidra Staff requiring CME/CPD points will be under special registration rate (discounts rate than the original rate)
  • Sidra Staff NOT requiring the CME/CPD points will be FREE of charge


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


Keynote Lectures from

  • Professor Joseph Wolfsdorf– Director of Diabetes program, Boston Children Hospital, USA
  • Professor Kristina Ingeborg Rother– Section Chief, Section of Pediatric Diabetes and Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity Branch, National Institute of Health, MA, USA.
  • 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

Special Lectures from

  •  Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director, Qatar Diabetes Association, Qatar
  • Dr. Ammira Akil, Chair, CUDOS conference series, Staff Scientist, Human Genetics, Sidra Medicine
  • 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 Ziyad Hijazi- Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
  • Dr.  Khalid Fakhro- Director- Human Genetics, Sidra Medicine
  • Professor Mikael Knip- Professor of Pediatrics,University of Helsinki
  • Professor Khalid Hussain- Division Chief – Endocrinology, Sidra Medicine
  • Professor Tony Keech- Professor of Medicine, Cardiology and Epidemiology
  • Professor Anders L. Carlson- Medical Director, International Diabetes Center


Selected Speakers information

  • 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 Jennifer 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, Sidra medicine

Scientific Sessions Moderators (to be updated..)


The Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. Ammira Akil- Conference Chair (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khaled Machaca- Professor, Physiology & Biophysics (WCM-Q)

Dr. Ziyad Hijazi- Chief, Pediatric Medicine (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khalid Hussain-Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Anandwardhan Hardikar- Associate Professor (University of Sydney)

Dr. Shana Jacobs- Staff Scientist- Deep Phenotyping Core (Sidra Medicine)

Mrs. Judith Campbell- Nurse Practitioner (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Meritxell Guarch- Staff Scientist- Translational Medicine (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Ussama Abdel-Motal- Staff Scientist- Human Genetics (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Khalid Fakhro- Director of Human Genetics (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Bernice Lo- Principal Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Souhaila Al Khodor- Principal Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Annalisa Terranegra- Principal Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Marios Kambouris, Pathology-Sidra Medicine

Dr. Younes Mokrab-Principal Investigator (Sidra Medicine)

Mr. Mohammed Abuhaliqa- Research Associate (Sidra Medicine)

The Supporting Planning Committee

Nelly EL Mistekawy, CRO Office Manager

Maria Theresa Brunsman, Executive Assistant

Rana Hamada, Executive Assistant

Maricris Salud, Sr. Admin Assistant

Nevin Amin, Sr. Admin Assistant

Kimberly Nieto, Sr. Admin Assistant

Lianne Gomes, Sr. Admin Assistant

Hamda Zain Al Abdeen, Communications Event Specialist

Fadi Hamsho, Lead – Web Projects & Development

Faisal Al Saai, Manager – Marketing


Abstract Submission

Oral and Poster Presentation

  • Deadline for submission is September 10.  To learn more kindly click on the link below for details:

Abstract Guidelines and Application


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Visa Requirements

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

For further assistance, please contact Maria Theresa Burnsmanat mbrunsman@sidra.org

Starts / Ends

On       September 22, 2018
Until       September 24, 2018

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

55 - 300

Eventbrite - CUDOS 2018

Venue Location

Qatar Conventional Center - QNCC