Dasman Diabetes Institute in collaboration with Harvard University recently organized a two-day symposium, titled “Molecular Mechanisms of Diabetes and its Complications: Lessons from the Endothelium, Heart and Placenta” on November 2-3, 2014. It was co-organized by Harvard Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Bradley Denker in collaboration with Dr. Perry Elliott of University College, London and Dasman’s Dr. Adel Al-Ali, Director of Clinical Research under the leadership of Dr. Kazem Behbehani.

Harvard Professor of Medicine, Dr. Ananth Karumanchi’s talks focused on “Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease” and the “Preeclampsia and Gestational Diabetes – Pathogenesis and Clinical Implications”. Harvard’s Dr. Mark Herman’s talks explored the “Perspectives on the Pathogenesis of Obesity” and “Nutrient Sensing Mechanisms and Metabolic Disease”. Harvard’s Dr. William Aird discussed the “Vascular bed-specific regulation of the von Willebrand factor ” and the “Galen, hagfish, and the bench-to-bedside gap in endothelial biomedicine” Other workshop speakers included Dr. Perry Elliott, from University College London who explored the “Myocardial fibrosis in Cardiomyopathies: causes, consequences and treatment” and “Predicting outcomes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”; Dr. Narayanam Nampoory of the Kuwait Nephrology Association and Dr. Bassam Yacoub of Dasman’s Cardiology unit explored the, “Overview of Cardiovascular Complications in Diabetes”. The symposium was attended by many participants, including faculty, staff and students from Dasman and the University of Kuwait, Ministry of Health and private hospitals.