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Media Contact: Ashante Dobbs 21 June 2007    
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Emory Tackles Worldwide Diabetes Epidemic, Creates Global Diabetes Center
Two leading global diabetes experts will speak at Emory next week to highlight their partnership in a new Global Diabetes Center. On Thursday, June 28, Emory University global health professor and foremost diabetes expert K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA, will host the discussion, "Diabetes: The 21st Century Epidemic," in partnership with V. Mohan, MD, director of the Chennai, India-based Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF).

The event is sponsored by Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. It will be held in the Rita Anne Rollins Room on the 8th floor of the School of Public Health located at 1518 Clifton Road in Atlanta. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the discussion following at 6:30 p.m.

"Diabetes is a disease with global ramifications, and research into its causes and prevention will require global partnerships," says Dr. Narayan, Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine.

"We are beginning a strategic alliance with a well-established group in Chennai, India, a country which leads the world with the largest number of people with diabetes," Dr. Narayan adds.

Diabetes affects 240 million people worldwide. That number is expected to rise to 400 million by the year 2030. In the U.S., 21 million suffer from diabetes, and one in three people are projected to develop the disease at some point during their lifetime.

Dr. Narayan has served as an investigator in several large, multi-center, national studies of diabetes. He is the former head of the epidemiology and statistics branch of the division of diabetes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Emory public health researchers have partnered with colleagues from around the globe to tackle the diabetes epidemic. To further its commitment to global diabetes research, Emory is launching a Global Diabetes Research Center in collaboration with MDRF, a leading diabetes research institution in India. Together they will facilitate research and learning opportunities for scientists and students in the U.S. and worldwide.

Emory's Global Health Institute is providing substantial funding for the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center. The Rollins School of Public Health and the MDRF also will provide resources to the center.

"We can bring our respective strengths into this partnership and make the Global Diabetes Research Center a true example of a center that undertakes world-class research to solve diabetes globally," says Dr. Mohan. For more information about the June 28 discussion or to RSVP, call 404-712-8687 or email

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