The Barbados Diabetes Foundation will host its first annual multi-disciplinary diabetes conference on June 13 and 14 at Hilton Barbados, Needham???s Point, St. Michael.

The conference, which has as its theme Moving Forward Together: Taking The First Steps Toward Multi-disciplinary Care, is open to physicians, allied health care professionals and medical students.??

Guest speakers have been invited from North America, the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago.

They include Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation, Ann Belton; Canadian Registered Dietitian, Jeannette Fenner; Neurologist Dr. Kerster Nedd of the United States; Ophthalmologist Dr. Charles Pierce of the United Kingdom; Vascular Surgeon Dr. Dale Maharaj and Nephrologist

Dr. Emile Mohammed of Trinidad and Tobago. Leading diabetes and multi-disciplinary care specialists from Barbados will also be among the resource persons.

The goal of the conference is to communicate the value of the multi-disciplinary care team to ultimately reduce the development of diabetic complications and the costs associated with providing that care.

Interested persons may register at They may also telephone 417-5980, or e-mail

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