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Nutrients Webinar | Nutritional Recommendations of Gestational Diabetes – What Should I Eat?

22 Sep 2023, 10:30 (CEST)

Gestational Diabetes, Nutrients, Nutritional Recommendations
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

We extend our warm greetings and invite your valuable participation in a significant and timely webinar on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). GDM, which is frequently defined as diabetes first diagnosed during pregnancy, has historically garnered limited attention due to the common phenomenon of women reverting to normoglycemic states post-delivery. However, our evolving comprehension of the profound implications of GDM for both maternal health and the well-being of offspring underscores the urgency for comprehensive strategies encompassing prevention, treatment, and post-delivery care. Central to these strategies lies the pivotal role of diet and nutrition.

In light of a growing body of epidemiological and interventional evidence, the imperative of staying abreast of cutting-edge developments becomes evident. Cognizant of this need, the Special Issue of Nutrients entitled "Nutritional Recommendations of Gestational Diabetes—What Should I Eat?" aspires to synthesize evidence to aid in updating nutritional recommendations for effective GDM prevention and management. The scope of this Special Issue includes an exploration of nutritional risk factors, dietary paradigms, and eating behaviors underpinning GDM's onset and management across the pregnancy continuum. The Special Issue also aims to present emerging frontiers in nutrition, encompassing nutrigenomics, novel environmental risk factors, chrono nutrition, and the integration of digital nutrition or dietetics within the GDM landscape.

Our upcoming webinar, a confluence of knowledge and insight, marks the inauguration of this distinctive Special Issue. We are honored to host three distinguished speakers: Prof. Dr. V. Mohan (India), Prof. Dr. Barakatun Nisak (Malaysia), and Dr. Maria Angeles Rodriguez (Spain). Their multidisciplinary expertise in endocrinology, nutrition, dietetics, and life sciences promises a broad-based introduction to emerging evidence in GDM prevention and treatment. The presentations will be followed by an engaging panel discussion featuring all speakers and Prof. Khalida Ismail (UK), catalyzing a dynamic exchange of perspectives. Beyond enriching our understanding of GDM and its therapeutics, we envisage this webinar as crucial in identifying research priorities, ultimately shaping the future of both research and clinical practice in this domain. Your participation in this collective endeavor holds immense potential to redefine GDM prevention and management. We eagerly anticipate your presence, insights, and contributions to this transformative discourse.

Date: 22 September 2023 at 10:30 a.m. CEST | 10:30 p.m. EDT | 4:30 p.m. CST Asia
Webinar ID: 848 8369 3266
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Event Chairs

Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, School of Medicine, IISPV, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain

Dr. Sangeetha Shyam is a Maria Zambrano Fellow at the Human Nutrition Unit, Rovira i Virgili Unit and Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain. She is a member of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies Working Group to Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition (Scientific Reporting). Previously, she was a faculty member at the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she taught nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, research methodology, and applied statistics between 2013 and 2021. She was also a nominated research fellow at the Centre for Translational Research at the IMU Institute for Research, Development, and Innovation (IRDI) between 2020 and 2023. She was a project team member of the FAO’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition Data Collection Tools and Analysis. She is a 2021–-2022 Interstellar Initiative Participant, a programme for the world’s most promising early-career investigators sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japanese Agency for Medical Research and Development. An active researcher, she supervises postgraduate and undergraduate students. Her research interests include evaluating diet–disease relationships. She approaches research questions in these areas by conducting cross-sectional studies, metabolic studies, and randomized clinical trials. She has collaborated with the Malaysian Institute of Public Health and the University of Leeds in leading data-analytical projects to study diet–disease relationships in nationally representative big datasets. She was the recipient of the BASF Newtrition Asia Grant 2018 and has also led contract research projects on food and nutrition. She has published papers in top-tiered indexed international journals in nutrition and has contributed to academic book chapters.

King's College London, Department of Psychological Medicine, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Khalida Ismail is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Dept. of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London, and the Co-Director of the Institute of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity, King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre. She leads the largest Diabetes, Psychiatry and Psychology research unit in the UK ( She specialises in the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in diabetes, developing psychological treatments to support diabetes management and diabetes prevention and exploring whether diabetes drugs can be repositioned to treat psychiatric disorders and vice versa. Her research has led to service innovations such as 3 Dimensions for Diabetes (3DFD), which received the BMJ Diabetes Team Award in 2014, and the Type 1 Diabetes and Disordered Eating (T1DE) service, which integrates psychiatric and diabetes care for people with type 1 diabetes and severe insulin omission secondary to fear of weight gain. Her work was showcased in a highly viewed BBC 3 documentary: ‘Diabulimia: The World's Most Dangerous Eating Disorder’ (

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mohans Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai, India

Dr. V. Mohan is the Chairman of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre in Chennai, South India, which is an IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care. Dr. Mohan oversees a chain of 50 diabetes centres across eight states of India and has over 600,000 registered diabetes patients. He is also the Chairman of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, which is an ICMR Centre for Advanced Research in Diabetes. His main research interests are the epidemiology of diabetes and its complications, the genomics of diabetes including monogenic diabetes, precision diabetes, and nutrition in diabetes. Deeply interested in research from his undergraduate medical student days until present, Dr. Mohan has published 1605 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including 1030 original articles. His research has attracted over 187,000 citations and has an ‘H-index’ of 150. Dr. Mohan has received over 200 awards including the Dr. Harold Rifkin Award from the American Diabetes Association and the FRS from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. For his extensive contribution to the field of diabetes, in 2012, Dr. Mohan was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award given by the Govt. of India.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Barakatun Nisak Bt Mohd Yusof is a professor and currently holds the position of Deputy Dean of Academic (Health Sciences) and Students' Affairs, at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She is a member of the Research Centre of Nutrition and Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NNCDs) and a research associate of the Institute for Social Science Studies at UPM. She is also a practising dietitian in the area of metabolic obesity and diabetes. She is a Council Member of the Malaysian Dietitian Association (MDA) and the Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS) and the Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Society of Obesity (MyOS). Dr. Nisak received her Ph.D. in Dietetics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia before completing her postdoctoral research fellowship at Joslin Diabetes Centre, Harvard Medical School, in Diabetes Nutrition. Broadly, her research aims to improve metabolic control and quality of life in those with type 2 diabetes, women with gestational diabetes, and obese individuals. Within this framework, she has shared her experience with the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, industrial partnerships, and professional associations in developing diabetes nutrition-related guidelines such as "Clinical Practice Guidelines for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes" and "Diabetes in Pregnancy." She spearheaded the drive for the Ramadan Nutrition Plan initiative for people with diabetes. For her work in diabetes nutrition, she received the Malaspina International Scholar Travel (MIST) Award from the International Life Science Institute (ILSI).

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament de Bioquímica i Biotecnologia, Unitat de Nutrició, 43201 Reus, Spain

Dr. María Ángeles Martínez, Ph.D. postdoctoral researcher at the Human Nutrition Unit (School of Medicine in Reus, URV, Catalonia, Spain), IISPV-URV–Sara Borrell fellowship. Biotechnologist and Doctor of Nanoscience, Materials, and Chemical Engineering. She is currently involved in three different scientific studies. First, she is working on a project called LED-FERTYL (LED-FERTYL (dietary, environmental, and lifestyle determinants associated with semen analysis and other parameters related to male fertility)), in which she is focused on the evaluation of endocrine disruptions and their impact on sperm quality in a population of healthy men aged 18–40 years. In addition, she and her group are involved in the PREDIMED-PLUS study (a multicenter, randomized, primary prevention field trial of cardiovascular disease in over 6000 community-dwelling older men and women aged 55–75 years with a BMI ≥ 27 to <40 kg/m2 and metabolic syndrome) with the aim of assessing endocrine disruptors and adiposity, obesity status, and glucose homeostasis parameters. In addition, in this PREDIMED-PLUS population, the group is also conducting a study aimed at characterizing the gut microbiota profile related to cognition.



Time in CEST

Dr. Sangeetha Shyam
Chair Introduction
10:30am - 10:40am
Prof. Dr. Viswanathan Mohan
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) - Experience From India
10.40am - 11:00am
Prof. Dr. Barakatun Nisak Mohd Yusof
Diet in the Prevention and Treatment During and Post-GDM - Experience From Malaysia
11:00am - 11:20am
Dr. María Ángeles Martínez
Emerging Area of Dietary Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors and GDM - Experience from the European Union
11.20am - 11:40am
Q&A + Discussion
Lead by Dr. Sangeetha Shyam & Prof. Dr. Khalida Ismail
11:40am - 12:10pm
Dr. Sangeetha Shyam & Prof. Dr. Khalida Ismail
Closing of Webinar
12:10pm - 12:15pm

Relevant Special Issue

Nutritional Recommendations of Gestational Diabetes – What Should I Eat?
Guest Editors: Dr. Barakatun Nisak Mohd Yusof and Dr. Sangeetha Shyam
Deadline for Manuscript Submissions: 26 February 2024

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