Title:Regional Training Course on Radionuclides applications in the management of Diabetic Complications.

Place: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Date: 19-23 August, 2002

Deadline for Nominations: 28 June, 2002

Organizers: International Atomic Energy Agency in co-operation with the Government of Uzbekistan through the Institute of Endocrinology, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Course Director: Prof. Said Ismailov, Director, Institute of Endocrinology, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan. Tel/Fax: 00-998-711 62 26 46; e-mail:

Language: The language of instruction will be English.

Participation: The training course is open to 20 qualified candidates from countries in the west asia who are participating in the activities of TC regional project RAW/6/010: Integration of Nuclear Medicine into the National Healthcare System."

Participants' qualifications: Participants should be practicing nuclear medicine pgysicians, who at least have access to gamma camera-computer systems. Participating countries are encouraged to submit more than one application to provide scope for IAEA final selection. As the course will be conducted in English, participants should have no difficulty following lectures and expressing themselves in this language.

Background:Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most common metabolic disorder in the West Asia countries and is associated with long term complications like retinopathy with potential loss of vision, nephropathy leading to renal failure, peripheral neuropathy with risk of foot ulcers, amputation and Charcot joints, and autonomic neuropathy causing gastrointestinal, genito-urinary and cardiovascular symptoms, and sexual dysfunction. Nuclear Medicine plays an important role by being able to make general and specific contributions to the management of patients with diabetes and the evaluation of many of its consequences.

Purpose of the Training Course:

The course is organised to provide intensive practical and theoretical training to nuclear medicine physicians from less developed countries of the region in the field of Nuclear Cardiology. On completion of the training course the participants will be able to:

  • Select appropriate protocols;
  • Interpret results;
  • Perform and interpret various procedures in nuclear cardiology, neurology and nephrology for the diagnosis of disorders associated with DM;
  • Utilize radionuclide imaging in the management of infection among diabetics;
  • Recognize strength and weakness of other imaging modalities as compared to nuclear medicine procedures.

Nature of the course:

TThe training course includes coverage of a wide range of aspects of radionuclide imaging in the management of diabetic complications (Nephropathy, Neuropathy, Stroke or cerebrovascular accidents, coronary artery disease, etc...). The lecturers include several physicians who have extensive experience in Nuclear Medicine.

Application Procedure:

Nominations should be submitted in duplicate on the standard IAEA application form for training courses. Completed forms should be endorsed by and returned through the official channels established (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the national Atomic Energy Authority or the office of the United Nations Development Programme). They must be received by the International Atomic Energy Agency, P.O. Box 100, A-1400, Vienna, not later than 28 June, 2002. Nominations received after that date or applications sent directly by individuals or by private institutions cannot be considered. Advanced nominations by facsimile (+43-1-26007), telex (1-12645) or e-mail (IAEO@IAEA1.IAEA.OR.AT) are welcome. The facsimile/telex/e-mail should contain the following basic information about the candidate: name, age, sex, academic qualifications, present position including exact nature of duties carried out, proficiency in English and full working address (including telex, facsimile and telephone numbers) to enable the IAEA to make preliminary evaluation of the candidates.

Language Certificate:

In the case of countries in which English is not an official or customary language, nominations must be accompanied by a separate certificate of the candidate’s proficiency in English. This certificate must be issued by a language school or cultural institution, or an embassy of a country in which the language of the course is spoken.

Administrative and financial arrangements:

Nominating Governments will be informed in due course of the names of the selected candidates and at that time full details will be given on the procedures to be followed with regard to administrative and financial matters. During their attendance at the course, participants from developing countries, eligible to receive technical assistance, will be provided by the IAEA with a stipend sufficient to cover the cost of their accommodation, food and minor incidental expenses. The IAEA will also pay the full cost of their air travel, economy class, from their home countries to Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan and return. Nominating Governments must be prepared to defray the cost of shipment of accumulated course materials to the participants' home countries. The organizers of the course do not accept liability for the payment of any cost or compensation that may arise from damage to or loss of personal property, or from illness, injury, disability or death of a participant while he/she is traveling to and from or attending the course, and it is clearly understood that each government, in nominating participants, undertakes responsibility for such coverage. Governments would be well advised to take out insurance against these risks.