The Future of Diabetes Care and Education “Discovery Course” was held at the Dasman Diabetes Institute on 16th & 17th May 2012 in collaboration with the University of Dundee in Scotland. More than 160 students registered, attended and benefited from the two-day course. Many healthcare professionals from various clinics and hospitals in Kuwait participated in this course. The Discovery Course was packed with several workshops and topics such as; Diagnosing diabetes -beyond Type 1 and type 2, Diabetes and Pregnancy, Adolescent Diabetes, Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Diabetes – Rumor versus Truth, Leadership, Exercise and Diabetes Workshop, Helping People Change – the Role of Motivational Interviewing, Introduction to clinical skills & simulation, Insulin Management, Diabetic Foot Care, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical trials in addition to some other modules.

Some sessions of the course were led by the President-Elect of IDF, Sir Michael Hirst and the President-Elect of ISPAD, Prof Steve Greene.

Sir Michael Hirst said “I am delighted to be able to participate in this exciting initiative which brings together two most eminent academic and research institutions in Dundee and Kuwait. Collaboration like this brings immense benefits to both institutions, and contributes to the improvement in the lives of those with diabetes, particularly in the Gulf areas where prevalence levels are very high.”

“There are many problems facing young people around the world who have developed diabetes,” said Stephen Greene. “ISPAD can play an important role in alleviating the many difficulties that the children and teenagers and their families face on a day to day basis, and works to encourage the best service in their own countries for young people and their families with diabetes.”

Prizes were awarded to participants who won educational competitions. Students were given certificates of attendance with CME credits.