International Conference on Diabetes: Speakers

The Physicians Committee

International Conference on Diabetes: Powerful Interventions to Address the Epidemic

Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, 2014
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington, D.C.


Neil Cooper, MD

Neil Cooper, M.D., M.H.A.
Kaiser Permanente, Georgia Region

Panel: Models for Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.,  Director of Nutrition Education, Physicians Committee

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.
Director of Nutrition Education, Physicians Committee

Topic: Meat as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes

Joel Kahn, MD

Joel Kahn, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Panel: Models for Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Jeffrey Mechanick, MD

Jeffrey Mechanick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.N., E.C.N.U.
President, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, N.Y.

Topic: The 2013 AACE/ACE/TOS Healthy Eating Clinical Practice Guidelines: Key Points

Chris Boesch, MD, PhD

Chris Boesch, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Bern, Switzerland

Topic: Magnetic Resonance Examinations on Lipid Metabolism in Insulin Resistance and Beyond

Michael Roden, MD, PhD

Michael Roden, M.D., Ph.D.
Heinrich-Heine University and German Diabetes Center

Topic: Lipid and Energy Metabolism and Mitochondrial Function in the
Development of  Diabetes

Edwin Gale, MB, FRCP, B.Chir

Edwin Gale, M.B., F.R.C.P., B.Chir.
University of Bristol, England

Topic: Understanding the Issues on TZDs, DDP-4s, GLP-1 Agonists:
How We Got the Pharmaceutical Industry We Deserve

Jose Florez, MD, PhD

Jose Florez, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Center for Human Genetic Medicine

Topic: Clinical Translation of Genetic Predictors for Type 2 Diabetes

Michael Knip, MD, PhD

Mikael Knip, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital

Topic: Can We Prevent Type 1 Diabetes? The TRIGR Study

Neal Barnard, MD

Neal Barnard, M.D.
The George Washington University School of Medicine

Topics: Food Addictions, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease: Breaking the Food Seduction | Plant-Based Diets for Type 2 Diabetes | Toward Improved Dietary Recommendations for Diabetes Prevention and Management

John McDougall, MD

John McDougall, M.D.
McDougall Health and Medical Center

Topic: Carbohydrates (Starches) Are Good for People with Diabetes

David Jenkins, MD, DSc, PhD

David Jenkins, M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Topic: The Glycemic Index in Clinical Practice

Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis, R.D.
Canvasback Missions

Topic: Defeating Diabetes: A Story of Hope from the Marshall Islands

Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD

Frank Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Harvard School of Public Health

Topic: Global Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes: The Roles of Diet, Lifestyle, and Genes

Anne Burner, PhD

Anne Bunner, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Clinical Research, Physicians Committee

Topics: Dietary Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications | Improving Diabetes Research: Moving Beyond Animal Models

Garth Davis, MD

Garth Davis, M.D.
The Davis Clinic, Houston, Texas

Panel: Models for Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Dana Armstrong, RD, CDE

Dana Armstrong, R.D., C.D.E.
Diabetes & Nutrition Support Services

Panel: Models for Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Charu Chandrasekera, PhD

Charu Chandrasekera, Ph.D.
Director of Laboratory Science, Physicians Committee

Topic: Improving Diabetes Research: Moving Beyond Animal Models

Caroline Trapp, MSN

Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., APN-B.C., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E., F.A.A.N.P.

Director of Diabetes Education and Care, Physicians Committee

Topics: New Diabetes Treatment Model in Native American Communities | Toward Improved Dietary Recommendations for Diabetes Prevention and Management


Lani Muelrath, MA

Lani Muelrath, M.A., C.G.F.I., C.P.B.N., F.N.S

Topic: Saturday Morning Fit Quickies, 7-8 a.m.
Join plant-based fitness expert and author Lani Muelrath for an early morning Fit Quickies workout. Experience Lani’s effective five-minute fitness routines that are great for you and your patients. Come learn a must-have handful of anyone-can-do-them exercises that you can sneak in any time, any place. Included in the conference price.


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