Canada, birthplace of insulin, to host global meet on diabetes

March 6th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, March 6 (IANS) Canada, which gave insulin to the world 90 years ago, will host the 20th World Diabetes Congress in October this year.
Making this announcement Thursday, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) said the birthplace of insulin will host the biennial event in Montreal from Oct 18-22. Over 15,000 delegates from about 160 countries will attend the five-day global meet “to discuss the burning issues in diabetes,” a statement by the IDF here said.

The statement said: “The World Diabetes Congress will highlight the latest developments in clinical research, showcase new data on the diabetes pandemic, and promote political action to tackle diabetes. “Health ministers and officials will join the world’s leading diabetes experts to share knowledge, experiences and innovative solutions to address the diabetes threat.”

Linda Siminerio, who is chairperson of the IDF organizing committee, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to bring the congress to a place of such historical importance to the diabetes world. We will be covering a wide range of diabetes-related issues, topics and so much more, making the event bigger and better than ever.”

It was almost 90 years ago when Canadian scientist Frederick Banting and a team at the University of Toronto made the breakthrough leading to the discovery of insulin. Hailed as a miracle drug at that time, insulin still remains a life-saving treatment for people with Type-1 diabetes.

“We are thrilled that the IDF has chosen Montreal, a leader in the life sciences, to host the prestigious 20th World Diabetes Congress,” said Charles Lapointe, head of tourism for Montreal.

Canada’s most historic city expects the global gathering will give boost to its tourism.

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