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29th Annual International Diabetes Conference
"Diabetes Mellitus in the Era of Climate Change: Can We Adapt?"

Virtual Conference

25-26 April 2024

The Caribbean's premier continuing medical education event.

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Our Speakers

Diabetes Mellitus in the Era of Climate Change

The UDOP Annual International Diabetes Conference is where the most up-to-date and notable developments in the field of Diabetes Care and Research are featured. For #UDOP2024 our focus is on Diabetes Mellitus in the Era of Climate Change.


Once again we meet to discuss an aspect of a chronic disease and how it is being affected by the ever pervasive climate change parameters...heat, storms, hurricanes, typhoons, flooding, winds, cyclones , tornadoes, earthquakes et al and their aftermath. 

How the quality of life of the diabetic individual is affected in maintaining the balance between physical activity, eating, rest, work and sleep has to be assessed.

The fulsome effect of climate change is yet another entity to be reckoned with as the management regime strives for acceptable outcomes.

Whilst we speak wholistically and globally, we have to take a local and pragmatic  approach to the management protocols.

Will the current gold standard values of fasting blood sugars, A1c, and metabolites hold against the constant onslaught of the counter regulatory hormonal and enzymatic thrusts brought on by the stresses of the environmental upheavals?

Only time will tell; but my hunch is that we as implementers of the management regimes will have to come to a compromise as to the goals set for our diabetics, hypertensives, obese and other chronic conditions.


This year's theme shall undoubtedly elicit some of the new thinking that the adverse environmental changes demand.

Mind you, it was less than a decade ago that the late Professor Winston Mendes-Davidson  in his Sir Philip Sherlock Distinguished lecture at the UDOP conference   in Kingston, Jamaica...raised the concern and sounded the alarm that needs be felt in an adverse environment.

Those words have now come to pass, so let's listen to the presenters this year as to how the plan for containment will roll out.

I wish for you all an exciting and informative conference. I hear the clarion call for the return to face-to-face conference format and we continue to mull over the transition back to that modality.

Until then, profound wishes for a successful meeting of minds; and I do regret not being able to participate as fully as per days of yore.

Bestest, blessings & 1 luv
Prof the Hon. Errol Morrison OJ, Hon DSc. (Camb)
Conference co- chair.


All Access

with CME Credits

Attendees will receive Continuing Medical Education Credits

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All Access

without CME Credits

Attendees will not receive Continuing Medical Education Credits

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Medical Students

*undergraduates ONLY

Attendees will not receive Continuing Medical Education Credits

Agenda at a Glance

09:30 a.m.
Climate Change - A Clear and Present Danger to Human kind: Review of Risk Factors?
James Hospedales
10:30 a.m.
Diabetes and Air Pollution
Alverston Bailey, MBBS, FCCFP
12:00 p.m.
Diabetes and health threatening heat
Prof. Chukwuemeka Nwokocha, PhD
12:30 p.m.
The Syndemic effect of climate change and diabetes
Nadia Bennett, MBBS
1:00 p.m.
The Impact of Natural Disasters on Diabetes Care
Prof. Dr. med. habil. Peter E. H. Schwarz, MBA
02:00 p.m.
Climate Change and Diabetes in Pregnancy
Gladys (Sandy) Ramos, MD

Our Sponsors

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Join us at #UDOP2024

Join us in our virtual conference and expand your professional network as well as meet with colleagues from around the world virtually.

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