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First EUBIROD Technical meeting

The First EUBIROD Technical meeting took place in Rome on 19th-20th November 2009. The discussion concerned the following topics: results of data source profile and privacy questionnaires, inclusion of paediatric indicators into the BIRO Common Dataset, extended epidemiological analysis, improvement of the BIRO software through the development of a customized toolbox, joint EUBIROD-DECADE study group.

First BIRO Academy Residential Course

The First EUBIROD Annual Meeting was held 2nd-4th May 2009 at the Dasman Centre for Research and Treatment of Diabetes, Kuwait City, Kuwait. The three-day Conference took place under the auspices of Dr.Martin Vàvra, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Chair of the Presidency of the European Union. Participants included the Undersecretary of Health of Kuwait, Ambassadors of European Member States, and over 50 representatives from the 20 countries involved in the EUBIROD project.
The agenda included a Methodological Session run by the BIRO Academy, a faculty of international experts formed through EUBIROD to foster dissemination of diabetes information at the global level. The session involved public lectures on the fundamental principles of data definition, collection and analysis underlying the BIRO methodology. The second day included a Policy Session dedicated to the use of surveillance systems for policy making, introducing a series of case studies with a particular focus on recent developments in the Gulf Area. The final part of the meeting was dedicated to a Training Session on the application of the BIRO system, followed by a discussion on the EUBIROD workplan.