Last weekend I attended the EASDec 2014, 24th annual meeting for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes — Eye Complications Study Group.
The 2014 meeting took place in Padova, my hometown and city of the Universita’ degli Studi di Padova, the meeting’s host and one of the REVAMMAD’s partner Universities.
I had the chance to be there with my colleagues from Aarhus University, Line Pedersen and Peter Jensen, invited for a presentation of their research. Line discussed her investigation on the inhibition of NO and COX synthesis as a possible tool for normalizing diameter changes of retinal vessels in diabetic retinopathy, while Peter is researching into the heterogenous effects of diameter regulation of porcine retinal arterioles and capillaries in vitro. My supervisor for my ESR programme — Prof. Bek — is also their supervisor and attended the meeting as a moderator.
My MSc’s supervisor — Prof. Ruggeri — was also there and contributed to the symposium discussing the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus parameters toward an automatic quantification.
The meeting had a strong medical focus. However, the quality of the presentation and posters made the whole conference very interesting and easy to follow through also for researchers with a different background like me, helping me to better understand the disease I am researching into.