Das­man In­sti­tute to treat young di­a­betic pa­tients

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait’s lead­ing in­sti­tute for treat­ing di­a­betes is ex­pand­ing its ap­proach, treat­ment tech­niques and re­searches on var­i­ous con­di­tions namely ill­ness among the young.

Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute is cur­rently con­duct­ing up to 53 stud­ies on causes of the sec­ond type of di­a­betes, ges­ta­tional di­a­betes (af­fect­ing preg­nant women), and the disease af­flict­ing chil­dren and ado­les­cents and Ma­tu­rity on­set di­a­betes of the young (MODY), said the in­sti­tute’s gen­eral di­rec­tor, Dr Qais AlDwairi in a state­ment to KUNA.

Among the ma­jor stud­ies cur­rently un­der­way is the one based on the tech­nique of heat shock for tis­sues of the liver and mus­cles; out­come of which will be re­vealed by the yearend, said Dr Al-Dwairi.

Dr Maisa Kamkar, in charge of re­search at the in­sti­tute, said the in­sti­tute’s new ap­proach is ba­si­cally aimed at co­op­er­at­ing with med­i­cal cen­ters spe­cial­ized in ill­nesses af­fect­ing the nerves, eyes and kid­neys, to es­tab­lish a clearer pic­ture about the disease com­pli­ca­tions. More­over, the in­sti­tute is also seek­ing to sub­stan­ti­ate a strong the­ory sug­gest­ing that the mostly disease spread among in­di­vid­u­als in racially co­her­ent com­mu­ni­ties, where it ge­net­i­cally per­sists.

The in­sti­tute will sign co­op­er­a­tion ac­cords with a num­ber of top­notch in­sti­tutes and uni­ver­si­ties in Amer­ica, Europe and Asia early next year. Re­al­iz­ing that di­a­betes was one of the most chronic dis­eases among Kuwaitis, Kuwait Foun­da­tion for Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ences (KFAS) fi­nanced es­tab­lish­ment of the in­sti­tute. Its cor­ner­stone was laid on 8th May 2001. In June 2006, the in­sti­tute was in­au­gu­rated by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It was set up to pre­vent, con­trol and mit­i­gate the im­pact of di­a­betes and re­lated con­di­tions in Kuwait through ef­fec­tive pro­grams of re­search, train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, and health pro­mo­tion and thereby im­prove qual­ity of life in the pop­u­la­tion.

Das­man Di­a­betic In­sti­tute Gen­eral Di­rec­tor Dr Qais Al-Dwairi

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