From October 26 to 27, 2023, the Hypo-RESOLVE Consortium met in person in Montpellier, France, for the last time before the project ends on October 31, 2023, following the invitation of Dr Eric Renard of partner CHUM. Prof Bastiaan de Galan of Radboud University Medical Center, the Project Coordinator, and Dr Matthias Müllenborn of Novo Nordisk A/S, the Project Leader, were pleased to welcome 49 participants from the 22 partner institutions from more than ten different countries in person. An additional 18 participants joined the meeting virtually during the two-day meeting. The consortium was particularly grateful that two representatives of the Patient Advisory Committee, Dr Ken Tait and Dr Mohamed Hamid, were able to attend the meeting.
During the two meeting days, the consortium presented and elaborated on the final achievements after 66 months of hard work. The sessions on day one focused on three topics: Definition and methods to measure hypoglycaemia, Methods to measure the impact of hypoglycaemia on quality of life and health economics, and Implications of hypoglycaemia. The day was spectacularly rounded off by a visit to the old anatomy museum in Montpellier.
Day two on the other hand was mainly reserved for the overarching topics, such as final communication and dissemination activities, sustainability of results, and also lessons learned and future collaboration opportunities. Two particular highlights were reserved for the second day. One was the speed-presentation session where three of the students, who obtained their PhD based on research in Hypo-RESOLVE, presented their individual research and findings in a challenging five minutes’ presentation with follow-up discussions. The other highlight was the dedicated session with our Patient Advisory Committee members, who gave a voice to the people living with diabetes and presented their very personal view on the achievements of Hypo-RESOLVE and how these can aid in improving their quality of life.
It was with true regret that the partners said good-bye to each other for the last time, and many voiced the hope that they will keep in touch and meet again in other projects.