Dear Friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the sixth Meeting of the EASD Study Group on Genetics of Diabetes (EASD-SGGD), I cordially invite you to participate in this exciting meeting. The meeting will be held in the city of Leiden, home of the oldest university in the Netherlands which was founded in 1575. The motto of Leiden University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom. The University has always stood for freedom of spirit, thought and speech as well as freedom in research and teaching. This means providing excellent research and teaching that make the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just place – at local, regional and global level.
Starting from its first meeting in Malaga, Spain in 2007 the aim of the SGGD is to promote research into the genetic basis of all forms of diabetes (and related conditions), as well as to promote the interaction and transfer of knowledge between basic scientists and the clinical community. With the university’s motto in mind we have put together a program that we believe contribute to these aims in an open, stimulating and friendly atmosphere.
The EASD-SGGD meeting will be held from 11 till 13 May 2017. Like in previous editions it will be an opportunity to meet people – scientists, doctors and other professionals – who actively participate in research in the field of (epi)genetics of diabetes, its complications and related diseases. The mixture of keynote lectures, invited talks and oral presentations from young scientists as well as poster discussions will ensure an excellent and stimulating scientific environment. In combination with the beautiful old city of Leiden, with its ancient buildings alongside mesmerizing canals, I am convinced that EASD-SGGD 2017 will be an unforgettable meeting.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Leiden.
Leen M. ‘t Hart
Chair of the local organizing committee