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Date: Friday 18 May 2012
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Venue: Perinatal Institute, Crystal Court.  Click here for a map (Adobe PDF)
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Diabetes in Pregnancy Spring Scientific Meeting:
The Burden of Gestational Diabetes

Please note this event is now full

From 09:00   Registration: Coffee / Tea
Session 1   The GDM iceberg
Chair: Jason Gardosi - Director, Perinatal Institute
09:30   Welcome and introduction
09:40 Maternal obesity in the UK: diabetes & obstetric complications
Kate Fitzsimons - Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Royal College of Surgeons (previously Senior Research Fellow, CMACE)
10:00 The effect of maternal characteristics on the development of GDM and macrosomia.
Makrina Savvidou - Consultant Obstetrician & Sub-Specialist in Fetal & Maternal Medicine, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
10.20 GDM and macrosomia in the West Midlands
Michelle Southam - Specialist Midwife, Perinatal Institute
10:40 Panel discussion
11:00 Refreshment break
Session 2   GDM treatment - why and what’s the evidence?
Chair: Swati Ghosh -
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

Evidence based guidelines for GDM
Neil Shah - Consultant in Maternal - Fetal Medicine, City Hospital, Birmingham

11.55   Pharmacology and use of hypoglycaemic agents
Alex Wright - Hon. Senior Lecturer, Dept Medicine, University of Birmingham;
Consultant Physician Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham and Manor Hospital, Walsall

Recurrence risks for GDM and developing type 2 diabetes
Jane Dale -Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley


Information and prevention: preconception notes and leaflets
Jackie Webb - Diabetes Specialist Nurse Manager, HEFT, Birmingham

13:00   Lunch and Displays

Option 1: Poster walk
Presentation and discussion of submitted abstracts

Option 2: Workshop: keys to managing GDM
Angela Zzizinga - Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
Gurjeet Chana - Community Diabetes Dietitian, Birmingham Community Health Care NHS Trust

Session 3   GDM - Implications for commissioning services
Chair: Peter Shorrick - Midlands Regional Manager, Diabetes UK
14.00   Update on the NHS Diabetes Programme
Rowan Hillson MBE - National Clinical Director for Diabetes, DoH, London

GDM services in the West Midlands: current practice
Pat Brydon – Diabetes Project Midwife, Perinatal Institute


Round table: Commissioning for GDM services - different perspectives

Will Drever - Clinical Director for Commissioning of Diabetes Services for Birmingham South Central CCG
Jonathan Webber - Consultant in Diabetes, University Hospital Birmingham
Radha Indusekhar - Consultant Obstetrician, University Hospital of North Staffordshire
Felix Burden - Clinical Director of Commissioning (Long Term Conditions), Birmingham & Solihull NHS Cluster

16:00   Close; Coffee / Tea


Please note this event is fully booked.


This event is sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Abbot Diabetes Care and Becton & Dickenson, who have provided educational grants but have had no influence over the content of this meeting.


Abstract submissions are invited from all health professionals working within Diabetes Maternity services, suitable for poster presentation. There will be opportunity to present selected posters in the dedicated 'poster walk; session. Topics can include original research, audit or case histories. A prize and certificate will be awarded for the best presentation. Abstracts should be structured and contain up to 250 words; they should be sent to as an attachment (Word format) by Monday 1st May 2012.

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