Global rise of diabetes and obesity


Published: 10Jun2015

Event: The global diabetes rate has risen by 45 percent between 1990 and 2013, according to a study in The Lancet. The prevalence of diabetes has been driven by increases in the rate of obesity.


Expert: Alain Dagher, associate professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Expertise: Dr. Alain Dagher is a neurologist and his research aims at understanding the function of the basal ganglia, with a particular emphasis on appetitive behaviours. He can talk about how the modern environment affects the brain, and what role the brain plays in the global rise of obesity and diabetes.

Email: alain [at] bic [dot] mni [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Alain%20Dagher) (Alain Dagher)

Tel.: 514 398-1726 (English and French)


Expert: Norbert Schmitz, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and researcher, Douglas Institute

Expertise: The research of Dr. Schmitz has added to our understanding of the role of psychological and lifestyle/behavioral factors that contribute to poor functioning and reduced health related quality of life in people with diabetes and other chronic conditions. More info...

Contact: Florence Meney, Media Relation, Florence [dot] Meney [at] douglas [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

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