Professor Vassallo will welcome the participants:
" Dear Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes I invite you to attend the 11th Biennial MGSD Congress to be held in Malta from April 23 to April 26, 2009.
The MGSD was founded in 1985 with the aim of fostering collaboration and research in diabetes as well as providing means of networking among health care professionals working in different areas of the Mediterranean. The ultimate aim is that of ensuring equitable and optimal standards of diabetes care.
The organizing and scientific committees have worked tirelessly to prepare a stimulating academic and social programme, which we sincerely hope will prove of benefit to the scientific and medical communities of the Mediterranean region. A number of interesting plenary sessions are scheduled with the participation of an international faculty.
In addition, this MGSD congress will provide an excellent forum for the discussion of original papers relating specifically to issues in diabetes by means of either oral or poster presentations.
The increasing emphasis on diabetes care in the community by primary health care physicians in liaison with diabetologists is reflected in our wish to extend this invitation to the former to join diabetologists from around the Mediterranean to discuss and ascertain a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care. Your presence at the Congress signifies your commitment to optimizing diabetes care in the Mediterranean. Malta is therefore particularly privileged to welcome congress participants at what promises to be an exciting and excellent opportunity for continuing professional development in a setting that epitomizes a unique interface between ancient and modern Mediterranean culture and learning. "