Dasman Diabetes Institute which was founded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, held a symposium on Monday, March 23, 2015 – from 9 am till 2:30 pm. The symposium was titled “Diabetes & Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: New Updates from Kuwait”. The symposium addressed the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea & diabetes, with the participation of fifth year students from Kuwait medical school, a visiting professor from Holland, Dr Nico De Vries, one of the pioneers of what is called sleep surgery, and also Dr Abdulmohsen Al Terki, Chairman of the ENT post graduate training at Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations (KIMS).

Dr Al Terki also has a clinic at Dasman Diabetes Institute. The symposium included various specific topics such as: Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea risk and its association with diabetes among working population in Kuwait: A cross-sectional study, Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy, Biomarkers in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Bariatric Surgery, Neuromodulation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other related subjects.

The symposium was well attended by more than 120 healthcare professionals from different academic and medical backgrounds from Kuwait University, Ministry of Health and the private medical/health sector, who commented on the high quality talks at the symposium. Holding such symposiums and conferences stems from the mission of Dasman Diabetes Institute which is “To prevent, control and mitigate the impact of diabetes and related conditions in Kuwait through effective programs of research, training, education, and health promotion and thereby improve quality of life in the population”.