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De Block
Department of Endocrinology-Diabetology & Metabolism, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium

Christophe De Block studied medicine at the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium and graduated magna cum laude. He is Head of the Department of Endocrinology-Diabetology & Metabolism at Antwerp University Hospital, Full Professor at the University of Antwerp, and Former President of the Diabetes Liga Belgium.


Prof. De Block’s main clinical and research interests are related to prediction and prevention of type 1 diabetes, autoimmune polyendocrine syndromes, and new treatment options for diabetes, including incretin-based therapies. His latest field of interest focusses on the application of continuous glucose monitoring, functional insulin therapy, and sensor-augmented pump therapy.


Prof. De Block has received several scientific awards, including the Award of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium for experimental investigations on autoimmune diseases, the Young Investigator’s Award of the Belgian Endocrine Society in 2005, and the Novo Nordisk Award for Diabetes 2015–2016. He has published more than 150 papers in international medical journals.


Prof. De Block is a member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the Belgian Diabetes Registry, and the Belgian Endocrine Society.


Julia Mader

Division of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Julia Mader is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetology at the Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria and is Deputy Head of the Diabetes Outpatient Clinic. She received her medical degree at the Medical University of Graz, where she also trained in Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Diabetology. From 2016 to 2017, Prof. Mader was Visiting Professor at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at the University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. She leads the Diabetes Technology Research Unit at the Medical University of Graz.


Prof. Mader’s research is focused on diabetes technology with an emphasis on insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, the artificial pancreas and decision support systems. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Clinical Diabetes and Healthcare. Prof. Mader has received several awards in the field of diabetes technology, including the Langerhans award from the Austrian Diabetes Association in 2021. She is a member of several European associations and societies and is a management board member of the Austrian Diabetes Society, within which she heads the Diabetes Education Committee and is a member of the Diabetes Technology Committee. She has authored and co-authored several national guidelines in the field. 

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