About The Course
Obesity is a common disorder, and in the United
States and many other western countries more than half of the populations are
overweight or obese. The prevalence is increasing dramatically, and the number
of obese individuals worldwide is now projected to reach as much as 1.1 billion
by 2030. Along with the increasing numbers of obese people, the prevalence of
type-2 diabetes is increasing tremendously worldwide due to the westernized
lifestyle. However, the sensitivity of the individual to a westernized
lifestyle and development of diabetes appears to be much dependent on his or
her genetic risk factors.
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As diabetes is associated with a high rate of morbidity and mortality, and thereby accounts for a large part of the public health care expenses, there is a great interest in diabetes research to improve knowledge, prevention and treatment of diabetes.
This diabetes course will give you the newest state of the art updates on diabetes research in the fields of clinical aspects of diabetes and regulation of insulin secretion, epidemiology of diabetes, heritability of diabetes, genetic aspects of diabetes, prevention of diabetes and insulin resistance, molecular insulin resistance, cellular aspects of diabetes, physiological regulation of blood glucose, type 1 diabetes and stem cell research in diabetes.
Each section will be covered by world leading professors in the specific areas:
- Prof Thorkild Sørensen (Epidemiology of Diabetes and obesity)
- Prof Jens Juul Holst (Physiological regulation of blood glucose)
- Prof Allan Vaag (Pathophysiology of Diabetes and Genetic versus pre- and post natal aetiological factors in T2D)
- Prof Thomas Mandrup (Inflammatory beta-cell destruction in diabetes)
- Prof Torben Hansen (Genetic aspects of Diabetes)
- Prof Bente Stallknecht (Physical activity and its influence on insulin resistance and diabetes)
- Prof Ole Madsen (Stem cell based therapy of Diabetes)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
- What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and eagerness to learn more about new research in a medical field, which influences all the world's nations.
- What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
These years groundbreaking research is being done withing diabetology. This course will introduce you to the newest results from not just one, but many different areas of diabetes research, giving you an overview of the entire field.
The course is aimed at students who are on an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level with a background in biology, medicine or life sciences. Experienced health care providers and others interested in the newest diabetes research and knowledge can also follow the course.