Cardiometabolic Health & Diabetes Africa Congress, 22 - 25 February 2022, Virtually Online
On behalf of the Local Organising and Scientific Committee, we would like to thank you for attending the 1st Annual Cardiometabolic Health and Diabetes Africa Congress, to be held virtually from 22 - 25 February 2022, with Personalised Medicine as its theme.
The conference was hosted by the Cardiometabolic Health Research Unit (CHRU), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and diabetes are the leading cause of death globally and present an increasing strain on healthcare systems. Both are inter related and are multifactorial and often require several treatment options, including drastic lifestyle changes. Emerging research has focused on the use of novel biomarkers, such as miRNAs, to pre-empt the development of CVDs. The incidence of diabetes has increased significantly over the past 20 years and is expected to continue this upward trajectory. Cases of diabetes have been recorded in younger populations and in countries previously reporting low incidences of the disease. As such prevention and treatment options are imperative to curb the rapidly increasing incidence of CVDs, especially in previously low-risk populations.
This conference provided a forum to discuss novel and emerging methodologies for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and complications associated with these diseases, such as kidney and liver disease. The conference further had conversations regarding the discovery of novel biomarkers and potential treatment options involving personalised or alternative medicine. Several workshops were planned bringing together policy makers, academics and emerging researchers to share their views on how we can effectively stop the upward trend leading to the rising prevalence of these conditions.
International speakers highlighted several areas of impact and provide comprehensive coverage of prevention and treatment options with a focus on personalised care. POC Detection, POC Diagnostics and POC-based Treatment Options in the fields of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
A Young Researchers Forum, was held prior to the congress. Young investigators were encouraged to present their research proposals and there were prizes for the best presentation. Registration waivers were given to young investigators whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.
This conference also provided an opportunity for industry to actively take part through sponsored sessions within the academic program.
‘Improving Cardiometabolic Health: A Personalised Approach’
Prof T Matsha-Erasmus
Congress Organising Committee