ABCD Autumn meeting report, London

The Grand Hall at BMA House deserved its name and provided an excellent forum for the ABCD Autumn meeting, 9-10th November 2017


Session 1

This year’s opening guest speaker, Professor Per-Henrik Groop, provided an excellent review of the pathogenesis and approaches to managing microvascular complications. Professor Groop, from Finland, who had previously worked in London, eloquently reviewed data on nephropathy-related mortality. He also explored what we can do to prevent the development and progression of disease, proposing we should be advocating intensive exercise in these patients.

Potential advantages of newer diabetes hypoglycaemic classes were reviewed; relevant data from sub-analyses of trials using empagliflozin and liraglutide were discussed. Of great interest were data presented reviewing the effects of SGLT2 and ACE inhibitor classes on glomerular function and tubular function.

A model of renal hypoxia was postulated which represents a paradigm shift in thinking.

A new ‘Question Time’ session panel which included experts Professor Clifford Bailey and Dr Rob Gregory debated questions relating to population versus individual HbA1c targets and the use of newer glucose sensor methods.

Session 2

Session 2 included data-enriched clinical updates on retinopathy and lipid management.

Professor Mike Sampson discussed the benefits of a regional integrated pathway for severe hypoglycaemia for a large geographical area. Some variability in ambulance staff practice was highlighted in the Q&A which was of potential concern.

The oral abstract presentations included topics spanning a wide range of areas: a case highlighting major positive effects of hepatitis C treatment on type 2 diabetes prompted the audience to ask questions, improving inpatient hyponatraemia management with simple interventions; a common problem with simple solution; and use of the Endobarrier device in patients with sleep apnoea and risk scoring patients with SGLT-2 inhibition-related diabetic ketoacidosis.

The Niru Goenka lecture was not given this year due to speaker ill health. Instead, Professor Dev Singh provided a superb presentation on the concept of the ‘glycation gap’, highlighting variability in glycation of haemoglobin in individuals. He explained the relevance of this to the ACCORD trial. The concept of fructosamine-adjusted HbA1c measurement was introduced and explained. A novel concept of intracellular deglycation was also presented in this thought-provoking lecture.

The endocrine update in adrenal disease was elegantly provided by Professor William Drake, which included novel methods of glucocorticoid replacement, a new trial investigating the utility of a functional scan for the spectrum of Conn’s syndrome. Professor Hanna continued the theme by reviewing adrenal incidentaloma management and outlining a NIHR-funded study.

An excellent contemporary review by Professor Stephanie Amiel of the last 18 months in the field of type I diabetes was delivered. This included education, potential benefits of beta cell preservation with immune modulation and trials involving non- insulin classes of medication.

Closing the loop between glucose sensing and insulin delivery aptly closed the afternoon, and this was followed by the announcement of the joint ABCD Travel Research Grant winners.

Correspondence: Dr Dipesh Patel
Br J Diabetes 2018;18:38


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