CUDOS 2018

Second Conference on Understanding molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular biology, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke



 22 – 24 September 2018

“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



Registration Packages

Early Bird Regular Registration  Onsite
1 July 1 2018 21 September 2018 22 September  2018
Students $55.00 $110.00 $150.00
Professionals $220.00 $275.00  $300.00


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

***  Sidra Medicine employees please email Nelly EL Mistekawy:  for more information.



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

Special Lectures from

  • Abdul Sattar Al-Taei,Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund, Doha, Qatar
  • Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director, Qatar Diabetes Association, Qatar
  • Ammira Akil, Chair, CUDOS conference series, Staff Scientist, Human Genetics, Sidra Medicine
  • 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
  • Lalantha Leelarathna, Consultant Diabetologist, Manchester Diabetes Centre, UK


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 Mariam Al-Ali Al-Maadeed, – Director, Center for Advanced Materials – Coordinator, Materials Science and Technology Program, Qatar, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University
  • Professor Goran Petrovski, Diabetes consultant
  • Khalid Fakhro, Director,Human Genetics department, Sidra medicine


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. 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)

The Supporting Organizing 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



Scientific Program

Please understand that the programme schedule may change without prior notice so kindly continue to check our event website for more updates.



Abstract Submission

Make your research visible to the international community at CUDOS 2018. We encourage work that is original and innovative.  All attendees are welcome to participate in the conference by submitting abstracts for the poster session.  Top abstracts will be selected for short talks and will be awarded during the conference.  For guidelines and how to apply, please click here.

Poster Presentations

Call for research abstracts are open for poster presentations across the spotlighted sessions in the conference website. Proposals on other subjects that are not listed are also welcome, provided that they are linked to the objectives. For Poster Guidelines and how to apply, please click here.



Why Exhibit?

 CUDOS 2018 “Childhood Diabetes: From Novel Discoveries to Clinical Practice” Conference will provide an exceptional opportunity for exhibitors to uniquely position themselves and showcase their products and services to their target audience and markets of experts from all over the MENA region.

As an exhibitor at the symposium you will be able to reach an international audience of key researchers, clinicians and healthcare providers and enhance your company profile in a fast growing regional market.  It is also an opportunity for strategic partnerships with stakeholders within Qatar, as well as globally, to maximize the impact and the outcomes on education and medical research.

Coffee breaks and lunches will all take place on the exhibition floor promoting frequent networking opportunities for the delegates to visit your exhibit in prime locations and engage with your brand.



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

Main Speakers

Programme Schedule

Starts / Ends

On       September 22, 2018
Until       September 24, 2018

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

55 - 275

Eventbrite - CUDOS 2018

Venue Location

Qatar Conventional Center - QNCC