Leaders work to establish diabetes plan for Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 7- Top diabetes researchers, clinicians and other leaders from government, public health agencies, business, insurance, hospitals, patient advocacy groups and volunteer organizations will take part in a Pennsylvania Diabetes Summit on Nov. 14 to create a comprehensive diabetes control plan to reduce the human and economic burden of diabetes in Pennsylvania.

Some 200 people are expected to participate in summit sessions, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Ronald B. Herberman Conference Center at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5225 Centre Ave. in Shadyside.

Congressman John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania's 12th District, who is the ranking member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a strong supporter of diabetes initiatives, will convene the summit.

"I am delighted to be part of a forum convened to address one of the most pressing health issues confronting the state today an issue that has been one of my top priorities," said U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown. "This summit is a critical first step in the development of a comprehensive, strategic plan to address an epidemic of diabetes that is robbing Pennsylvanians of their quality of life and putting an enormous financial strain on the nation's overburdened healthcare system."

Also speaking at the event:

  • Frank Vinicor, M.D., M.P.H., director of the division of diabetes translation for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, will give a keynote address on "The State of the Nation; Diabetes in the U.S."
  • Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will discuss "The State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
  • Robert Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, Penn State University, will speak on "Novel Approaches: Taking Science from the Bench to the Community."
  • Thomas Songer, Ph.D., assistant

Contact: Michele Baum
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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