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Diabetes and the Brain – An ADA Research Symposium
October 28 - 30, 2011, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center- Alexandria, VA, USA

Continuing Education

The online evaluation for the live meeting closed on November 18th. To obtain a certificate, please email

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The American Diabetes Association brought together leading scientists and clinicians for the Association’s 2011 Research Symposium last October.  A number of seminal studies indicate that the brain not only expresses insulin receptors, but suggests that critical brain centers are crucial to whole body and brain metabolism.  Research on the brain’s role in response to diabetes will undoubtedly lead to better treatment for people with diabetes.

This symposium focused on the emerging and important connection between diabetes and the brain, including:
•    CNS signaling.
•    Regulation of food intake, energy balance, and adiposity.
•    Response to hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
•    Normal glucose metabolism and in diabetes.
•    Sensing and responding to glycemic signals.
•    Cognitive effects associated with diabetes.

In addition to original research presented during the oral and poster sessions, the program offered featured symposia, including lectures by world-renowned leaders in the field.  

This activity was intended for scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the field of diabetes and the brain.  It will provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration with other investigators in the field.

This activity addressed evidence-based expert opinion on what is known and not known about diabetes and the brain and what additional research is needed.  The conference presenters explored these key topics:
•    Discuss the brain’s role in normal and disordered metabolism.
•    Explain the brain’s nutrient-sensing mechanisms and brain-gut signaling.
•    Indicate the mechanisms underlying the development of associated hypoglycemia autonomic failure.
•    Describe abnormal patterns of glucose metabolism in recent onset diabetes.
•    Assess emerging data on the relationship between neurovascular disorders and insulin resistance.
•    Discuss the etiology, risk factors and bio-markers of diabetes-related cognitive dysfunction.