Innovation & Collaboration: WOD's Programme presented at DIP Symposium 2017

back to list | March 14, 2017

In a busy week which also saw WOD reveal our digital prevention programme at Silicon Dragon London 2017, we presented the programme and data from our research project at DIP Symposium 2017 in Barcelona. We heard from a number of field experts covering a variety of topics including gestational diabetes and nutrition.


WOD networked with attendees at the event and caught up with the head of World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). We developed useful partnerships and decided to collaborate with Dr Hema Divakar from Divakars Hospital, Merck for Mothers and WDF. The partnership involves WOD working on the establishment of gestational diabetes services to provide innovative healthcare in India.


In reference to Canadian Dr Frederick Banting’s 1921 discovery of insulin which revolutionised diabetes and gestational diabetes, the achievements in insulin development were presented by the leading pharmaceutical companies. Although insulin is effective the data still shows that type 1 diabetic mothers still have worse outcomes, suggesting there is still much work left to be done.


The results of the groundbreaking ASPRO trial were presented, and the study revealed that 150mg aspirin in the first trimester of pregnancy can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.

We also learned of some data on a study on Mediterranean diet, which showed that following the diet with no caloric reduction can offer benefits due to normalisation of the metabolism. Despite this, the hypocaloric Mediterranean diet with vegetables, olive oil, nuts and fish remains the gold standard and remains superior to the low fat diet.