Interview: The future of diabetes prevention: a look at how the field is developing

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Author: Peter Schwarz
Date: Mar. 2011
From: Therapy(Vol. 8, Issue 2)
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd.
Document Type: Interview
Length: 1,301 words
Lexile Measure: 1210L

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*⪠How did you first become interested in research related to diabetes prevention?

I started my research in the field of the genetics of Type 2 diabetes. During this work I recognized that, using genetic or anthropometric information, we are able to identify individuals with increased risk for developing chronic disease. At this stage we built upon the concept that for people with increased risk we should start acting to prevent the disease from developing. It was in 1999 when I first started thinking about diabetes prevention. From this point on I continuously worked in the field and also developed my research interest for diabetes prevention.

*⪠How did your career lead you to the University of Dresden?

I was already a student at the University of Dresden from 1991 to 1998. From there I went on to carry out research in the USA and also for studies in South Africa and Tanzania. Later, I took a position as a research director at the University of Helsinki and finally came intermittently back to Dresden. The great option was that in Dresden a professorship for prevention and care of diabetes was developed, which was the first professorship of this kind in Europe, and I was very lucky and happy to get the chance to receive this endowed chair.

*⪠What do you consider to be the biggest achievement in your career so far?

I am not sure what the biggest achievement is. I think that it was an important achievement to raise awareness for the prevention of diabetes in the research community in the medical field but also for stake holders, politicians and policy makers. Another achievement was to finish the first evidence-based and practice guideline for diabetes prevention as part of the IMAGE project.

*⪠Your recent work has focused on the IMAGE guidelines project; could you tell us more about this?

We have developed the IMAGE project following the idea that we should develop...

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