“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

CUDOS (Conference on Understanding molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular biology, Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke) meetings 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.


Target Audience

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

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


Photos from Last Year’s conference, the CUDOS 2017


Conference Sessions

DAY-I- SESSION-I          : Opening and Welcoming Remarks

DAY-I- SESSION-II        : Genetics and Environmental Triggers and Determinants of Type 1 Diabetes

DAY-I- SESSION-III.     : Clinical Diabetes, Acute and Chronic Complications

DAY-I- SESSION-IV       : Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 1

DAY-I SESSION-V          : Care of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes


DAY-II- SESSION- I       : New Technologies, Clinical Trails and Therapeutic Approaches for the

Management of Childhood Diabetes.

DAY-II- SESSION-II      : ASK THE EXPERTS  Roundtable Discussion: Pancreatic Islet Cellular Therapy Project in Qatar

DAY-II- SESSION-III    : Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 2

DAY-II- SESSION- IV   : Prevention of Childhood Diabetes and its Complications


DAY-III- SESSION-I     : Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Pathophysiology of Childhood Diabetes

DAY-III- SESSION-II    : SPECIAL DISCUSSION– A discussion on the Future of Precision Medicine at

Sidra: Research-Clinical and Pathological views

DAY-III- SESSION-III  : Pancreatic Islet Biology and Insulin Secretion

DAY-III- SESSION-IV   : Young Qatari Investigators in the Medical Sciences-Track 3



Pre- Conference Educational Workshops

CUDOS will be hosting pre- conference Educational Workshops at Sidra Out-Patient Clinic (OPC) on Thursday, 20th of September.  Please find more information below:

Click here for details.

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

  • Date: 20th September 2018
  • Time: 9:00-11:00 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: 20th September 2018
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 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: 20th September 2018, Time: 11:00-12:00 PM (1 Hour)
  • Date: 20th September 2018, Time: 01:00-2:00 PM (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
until  Aug 23, 2018 until  Sep 21, 2018 Sep 22, 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 given a discounted 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 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

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 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 Organizing Committee

Dr. Ammira Akil- Conference Chair (Sidra Medicine)

Dr. Rashid Al Ali- Deputy Chief Research Officer (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. Anand 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 August 31.  To learn more kindly click on the links below for details:

Abstract Guidelines click HERE

Abstract Application click HERE


For more information- click here



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



Scientific Sessions Moderators

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