David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) headlined a spate of leaders from across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America at the Third International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers this weekend. His keynote address and subsequent lectures and workshops took the capacity audience on a tour of the developed and developing world, using demography as a guide for future therapy. “As we become more successful as a species”, noted Armstrong, “we are encountering diseases that are exploiting this success”. He noted that 2009 was the first recorded year that more people died of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and lung disease than from all infectious diseases combined. “This is a slow, relentless demographic storm surge that will inevitably overtake us. The good news, though, is that we can stem this tide.” He cited recent works from his SALSA unit and others regarding advances in team care, mobile health (mHealth) and patient empowerment that show promise in all areas of medicine, particularly diabetes and amputation prevention.
From Left: Dr. Mohammed Seddiq, Ms. Jan Marie Morgan, Dr. Marwan Al Zarouni (symposium chair), Prof. David Armstrong, Ms. Natalie Armstrong, Ms. Mounia Sabasse, and Dr. Samir Alassar following keynote address