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NEWS RELEASE April 25, 2014

Physicians Committee and George Washington University Host International Diabetes Conference in Washington on July 18 to 19, 2014

Global Researchers Weigh In on Surge of Type 2 Diabetes, Trends in Insulin Resistance, and the Role of Dietary Interventions as a First-Line Treatment for Patients

WASHINGTON—The inaugural International Conference on Diabetes, jointly sponsored by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the nonprofit Physicians Committee, will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, from July 18 to 19, 2014.

“Diabetes rates have doubled over the past two decades,” says Neal Barnard, M.D., conference host and president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. “As diabetes rates continue to double again over the next 20 years—we can no longer look the other way. We need to fix the root of the problem today.”

The International Conference on Diabetes will feature 19 presenting researchers from six countries, including Canada, England, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland, and from leading research institutions in the United States, such as Harvard Medical School, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Up until now, the focus in diabetes care has been on medications for regulating blood sugar. The new approach to be highlighted at the conference focuses on attacking the cause of diabetes, which relates to insulin resistance. The key to insulin resistance may lie, not in medicines, but in diet changes.

Continuing education credits will be offered for health care professionals.

Featured presenters and topics include:

  • Food Addictions, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease: Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D., The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • The Glycemic Index in Clinical Practice by David Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Can We Prevent Type 1 Diabetes? The TRIGR study by Mikael Knip, M.D., Ph.D., University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital
  • Global Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes: The Roles of Diet, Lifestyle, and Genes by Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health
  • Clinical Translation of Genetic Predictors for Type 2 Diabetes by Jose Florez, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Center for Human Genetic Medicine
  • Meat as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., Physicians Committee
  • Carbohydrates (Starches) Are Good for People with Diabetes by John McDougall, M.D., McDougall Health and Medical Center
  • Understanding the Issues on TZDs, DDP4s, GLP-1 agonists: How We Got the Pharmaceutical Industry We Deserve by Edwin Gale, M.B., F.R.C.P., BChir, University of Bristol
  • The 2013 AACE/ACE/TOS Healthy Eating Clinical Practice Guidelines: Key Points by Jeffrey Mechanick, M.D., E.C.N.U., American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

The International Conference on Diabetes will serve a high-fiber, plant-based breakfast and lunch both days. Fitness expert Lani Muelrath, C.G.F.I., C.P.B.N., F.N.S., will guide clinicians through a series of five-minute workouts, easy to replicate for patients, on Saturday, July 19.

To attend the conference, request an interview with Dr. Barnard, or learn more about the presentations, please contact Jessica Frost at or 202-527-7342.

Learn more about the International Conference on Diabetes at

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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