- 1969 -
- 1971 -
Named "The Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group (DPSG)"
- 1998 -
First international meeting of the Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group
- 2000 -
The International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study
Groups (IADPSG) was founded
affiliates to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes
- DPSG has 40 ordinary
24 honorary or international members and 25 associate members
At the International
(IDF) meeting in Stockholm, Sweden in 1967 and at The European
Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Louvain,
Belgium 1968 the late Professor Joseph Hoet (Louvain, Belgium), the
late Professor Jørgen Pedersen (Copenhagen, Denmark) and the late
Professor John Stowers (Aberdeen, UK) planned to form a European study
group on diabetes in pregnancy.
The first meeting in this group took place on September 15th 1969 at
the EASD meeting in Montpellier, France. Twenty-four individuals from
nine European countries representing the disciplines of obstetrics,
diabetology, pediatrics, pathology and basic scientists participated in
the meeting, and all expressed a genuine interest in the further
development of such a study group.
The next meeting of this group was held in Denmark in June 1970. The
meeting lasted 2 days. Rules for future meetings and constitution for
the group were laid down. The next meeting was in Oxford, UK September
1971. The name decided upon was The Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group
(DPSG), and the purpose of the group was: "To further improve in the
treatment of pregnant diabetics and their offspring based upon
investigations of the many problems involved. The group is affiliated
officially to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes
(EASD). The organisation of the group was placed in the hands of a
board with 3 members and a total number of regular members increased to
Subsequently, yearly meetings were arranged at different locations in
Europe with the participation of 70-80 active scientists from different
areas of diabetic pregnancy. Over the years there has been general
agreement that the group should continue to be small with only
approximately thirty regular members, each of whom may invite a guest.
In addition the board and the local organisers may invite a limited
number of guests to present a session, chair a session, or contribute
to the discussions. The board also elects and invites one individual to
deliver the Jørgen Pedersen Lecture at each DPSG meeting.
Minor changes in the constitution took place in 1980, and from 1980
honorary members could be elected. 25 years anniversary of the group
was celebrated in Halkidiki, Greece in 1993.
At the requests of the Postgraduate Subcommittee of the EASD, the DPSG
has organised symposia or workshops on diabetes and pregnancy in six
EASD meetings, and, especially since 1990, several smaller educational
symposia have been arranged in Eastern European countries by the
members of the DPSG.
In 1998 the first International meeting of Diabetic Pregnancy Study
Groups from Australia, Japan, West Coast USA, North America USA and the
DPSG of the EASD was held in Cairns, Australia, and in year 2000 the
International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups was
founded. A second meeting took place in Barcelona 2003.
At the moment the DPSG has 40 ordinary members and 24
honorary/international members. The 39th regular meeting, held in
Ibiza, Spain in 2007, had 112 active participants. In 2006 an audit
meeting for members and international / honorary members was arranged
in Abano, Italy with the purpose to review what DPSG had achieved, to
make a status within the field and to point out where to go in the
future. A report from the meeting will be published.