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To promote the scientific culture and vocation and to make known the current state of research on diabetes and associated metabolic diseases. This is the objective of the Fourth Symposium on Advances in Diabetes, Investiga la diabetes, of the Spanish Biomedical Research Centre in  Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Disorders (CIBERDEM), which will be held on 12 November 2011 in Bilbao.

Open to the public, the symposium will be inaugurated with an informative conference carried out by Dr. Bernat Soria, followed by interactive workshops developed by CIBERDEM's researchers. Until 7 September, the research groups have the opportunity to participate by sending their proposals for workshops to Johanna Rivera (, filling out this form.

CIBERDEM, under the scientific management of Dr. Ramon Gomis, is a Spanish public consortium that has as its mission to lead the research efforts of excellence in diabetes and related metabolic diseases, and to accelerate the transfer of the scientific results to clinical practice. Specifically, it centres its efforts on preventing the start of diabetes (discoveries of the causes for the deterioration of the insulin-producing pancreatic cells and the influence of our life style on the development of this disease), curing diabetes (searching for new strategies that manage to regenerate the damaged pancreatic tissues through the stem cells, gene therapy, among others) and treating their complications (minimising the risk of developing complications of the diabetes that produce blindness, cardiopathies, impairment of the kidneys and the nervous system). It brings together 450 researchers that work to stop diabetes in 11 hospitals, five universities and four research centres throughout Spain. The headquarters is in Barcelona. 

Date: 12 November 2011
Time: beginning at 10:30 am
Lloc: Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country • Bilbao (Spain)

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