The 6th JPEF Annual Global Diabetes Convention jointly organized by P. Kesavadev Trust, Jothydev’s Professional Education Forum (JPEF), and Diabetes India was held on 11th and 12th August 2018 at Hotel Uday Samudra, Kovalam, Trivandrum. The theme of the 6th JPEF Diabetes Convention was 'Diabetes: Fighting the Battle Together'. As in the previous five years, the scientific convention served as a platform for modern medicine doctors, students, dietitians and allied healthcare professionals to share and acquire expert knowledge regarding various advancements happening in the field of diabetes prevention and treatment as well as regarding the latest treatment guidelines.
This educational feast was attended upon by around 1250 delegates from across the country. More than 100 speakers covered over 300 topics in diabetes via lectures, workshops and orations simultaneously in 3 halls. Experts from different countries like the US, UK and Maldives, as well as from the Middle-East, also served as faculty. Dr.John Pickup (Professor, King’s College London; the inventor of the modern day insulin pump), Dr. Robert A Vigersky (Past-President - Endocrine Society & Past-Director - Diabetes Institute at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; a lead researcher involved in many major projects related to the continuous glucose monitoring systems), Prof. Sunder Mudaliar (Clinical Professor, University of California; investigator in landmark studies like NIH Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study) and Dr. Richard Donnelly (Clinical Professor, University of Nottingham; lead investigator in many studies on therapeutics in metabolic and vascular diseases) were some of the international faculties who led the conference.
Hon. Governor Shri. Justice P.Sathasivam inaugurated the convention. Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, presided over. During the inaugural session, Dr.Arumugham Muruganathan (Governor-American College of Physicians India Chapter, & Chairman, A G Hospital, Tirupur) was presented the prestigious ‘JPEF Stalwart Physician Award 2018’ by the Hon. Governor, for his untiring contributions to science and to the society. The Governor also presented the 'P.Kesavadev JPEF Young Investigator Award 2018' to Dr. Anjana Ranjit Mohan (Managing Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai) for her original research in diabetes epidemiology and translational research. This award is instituted with an aim to foster diabetes research in India and carries a cash prize of INR 100,000, gold medal, citation and a travel grant.
The convention also offered a platform for modern medicine doctors, dietitians, researchers and allied healthcare professionals to present their original scientific research conducted in the field of diabetes. The best four research papers, from among the numerous submissions received, were selected by an expert panel, and the winners were provided an opportunity to present their abstract during one of the scientific sessions and were awarded cash prizes. Dr. Aishwarya Kanneganti’s (Research Associate, Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad) research entitled ’Glycemic response to moderate carbohydrate breakfasts in gestational diabetes mellitus’ was ranked first by the judging panel.
JPEF organising team included Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev, Dr.Arun Shankar, Ms. Gopika Krishnan and Mrs. Sunitha Jothydev.