Indo-U.S. Diabetes Conference


Indo-U.S. Interdisciplinary Conference on Nutrition Practice Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Sharing Evidence and Best Practices to Improve Health Outcomes

This bilateral interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and practitioners in India and the U.S. was made possible through a grant by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and was co-hosted by AODA and Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, India. The two-day event was held November 17-18, 2012 in Chennai, India at the Raintree Hotel. The workshop was open to AODA members and invited participants from the U.S. and India. 


This expert workshop allowed dietitians and other health professionals involved in diabetes care learn about the most current diabetes research and translation of findings into practice. The overarching goal was to promote sustainable, practical, culturally-acceptable and evidence-based models of diabetes care by bringing together multiple stakeholders that have the capability to reverse the diabetes pandemics in India and the U.S.

Workshop Objectives

The proposed broad objectives of this conference were:

  • To provide an opportunity for diabetes-specific scientific exchange of information and networking among participants.
  • To inform academic researchers, government, local health care organizations, industry and the nutrition community regarding diabetes-related translational research and evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.
  • To mobilize public and private partnerships and innovation in diabetes prevention and management.

Event Background

Conference Program

Press Coverage

Brief Report of Scientific Proceedings

Full Report of Scientific Proceedings

Scientific Presentations 


Dr. Nirmala Jesudason, Principal Investigator - India and AODA Country Representative - India; Ms. Karmeen Kulkarni, Scientific Director, Abbott Diabetes Care, U.S. 

Ms. Bramaramba (BJ) Kowtha, Organizing Committee Co-Chair and AODA Member; Program Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, U.S.

Front row (starting at left): Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Executive Director, IUSSTF, India; Dr. V. Mohan, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre & Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India; Dr. Judith Fradkin, Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, NIDDK, NIH, U.S.

Ms. Camella Rising, Organizing Committee Co-Chair and AODA Country Representative - U.S.; Dr. Naomi Trostler, Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (AODA-member speaker) 

Session 2 Speakers (starting at left): Dr. P. Dharmarajan, Associate Professor of Diabetology, Department of Diabetology, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, India; Dr. Elizabeth J Mayer-Davis, Professor, Departments of Nutrition and Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.; Dr. Reena Oza-Frank, Principal Investigator, Research Assistant Professor, Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University, U.S.; Dr. Shriraam Mahadevan, Consultant Endocrinologist, Sundaram Medical Foundation, India