A Glimpse into the Indo-UK Diabetes Summit 2013

On last Friday and Saturday, the 18th and 19th of January 2013, I attended the Indo-UK Diabetes Summit as a Delegate.  

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I found the following very interesting and useful.

1.  While the conference was intended for medical professionals treating Diabetes and its complications, it wasn’t filled with the medical jargon.  As a layperson, I was able to understand bits and pieces enough to ask a few questions.

2.  The emphasis of the British team on evidence-based research was overwhelming.  Having no experience of the Indian context, I cannot compare but the relentless pursuit for statistically valid evidence was very visible.

3.  There was a quiz at the beginning of the summit and while I entertained some notions about participating, I was happy that I didn’t because it was meant for medical students and even they found it extremely tough.

4.  By and large, the sessions started and ended on time.

5.  It was great to watch Indian doctors standing tall (and in some occasions taller too) with their British counterparts in terms of their breadth of knowledge, quality of presentations and adept handling of the questions.

6.  There were a few doctors of Indian origin in the British delegation and they were regarded very highly by the British doctors for their competence and calibre.

7.  5 young medical professionals made presentations on their studies and answered questions from the jury and the audience within a tight time limit and two of them were declared joint winners.

8.  Some of the interesting sessions (to me) were the path-breaking studies about Diabetes prevalence in India, Wound healing and diabetic Foot, Diabetes and the Brain & the use of information to provide better diabetes care.

I would like to suggest to the organizers to have sessions in subsequent events dealing with the behavioural aspects of the patients that largely determine their compliance to the treatment regimen and protocol.  It was touched upon but I think it deserves a focused treatment.

Personally, I was able to understand certain phenomenon related to diabetes as a non-medical professional and interact with some of the brightest minds.

I hope to write a few more posts on the individual sessions of the Summit.



  1. N Ramesh said,

    January 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Just as there is ‘Dr.Mohan’s Diabetic Centre’ or for that matter ‘MV Diabetic Centre’ in certain parts of Chennai, it would wiser if another outfit ‘Badri’s Centre for Eliminating Diabetes’ is started, wherein even cures are suggested and the much wanted aspect of health related discipline is fused in very intensely, for which my services as a Healer and Trainer is available, say for doing some well structured One Day Workshops on ‘Health and Wellness’ with a Holistic Approach !

    However, it need not have to be on the lines rolled out under the name and style ‘Dr.Batra’s Clinic’ by literally opening up a plethora of outlets, a model of having such types of branches in the Health and Wellness space I would not normally approve due to several reasons much of which I may not be able to state in this blogpost which is not meant for talking about that but more about eliminating a condition (not a disease !) called Diabetes and other allied kind or ailments !

    Thus Spake the New Age Sage !

    • badrirag said,

      January 21, 2013 at 10:47 am


      One of the biggest learning for me at the event is that chronic ailments like diabetes require a very fine balance from all the players be it the doctors, pharmaceuticals, patients, food providers et al. An aggressive control may lead to situations like hypoglycemia which create their set of problems whereas a runaway poor control leading to hyperglycemia has a totally different genre of complications.

      With all the high quality infrastructure for diabetes treatment in Chennai (read Prof Philip Home’s remark), there is still a need for higher patient compliance and I intend to contribute my mite to that using information technology solutions. Only constant education and motivation will get the patients interested in a proactive role towards their existing treatment and where found wanting could lead to search of ‘holistic’ approaches such as the one you have mentioned.

      Be prepared for the long haul!!


  2. January 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Indeed, it is always good to come to Chennai because it is academically and socially fulfulling in the diabetes area, due to the quality of the world class diabetes health-care professionals there. I was impressed on this occasion that three parallel tracks could be so well attended, and with plenty of interactive discussions, even on topics which might not seem at face value to be of broad interest. Lastly I met a few of our younger Newcastle trainees who are now setting up services in Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu – there is a bright long term future for diabetes care in south India.
    Philip Home

    • badrirag said,

      January 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thank you Prof Philip Home for responding so quickly to my email and for your compliments about the diabetes care in Chennai.

  3. drksmani said,

    January 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    1. Is this a review of the administration or a review of content presentation?
    2. most conferences start and end on time. Meetings that i organise – medical and non medical are always on time in rain or shine.
    3. If they allow a non medical professional as a delegate at a conference, then the presentation will not contain medical jargon.

    • badrirag said,

      January 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

      1. This is an overall review of the event of which i had mentioned about the administration as well.

      2. I would like to attend your next meeting, if eligible because it is a pleasure to be at events where there is a good appreciation of others’ time.

      3. My participation was purely voluntary and driven out of my interest in Diabetes than anything else. I do not think that they intended to have non-medical delegates. in fact, there was a good mix of post graduate students as well.

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