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Andreas Festa
Vienna / AT
Chairman of the Educational Advisory Board

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Festa


Vienna / AT

Diabetology, Management Board,

Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Festa

Dr Festa has been active in research/development and clinical care for patients with diabetes now more than 25 years, focusing on the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as the interplay between cardiovascular risk factors, CV risk and the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. He has received numerous research awards from national and international associations, has been an active reviewer for top peer-reviewed journals (to date more than 150 reviews for Diabetes Care), and a member of the Diabetes Care Editorial Board (2007-2009). Dr Festa has published more than 55 articles in top-listed journals, including The Lancet, Circulation, Diabetes Care, JCEM, Am J Cardiol, ATVB, Diabetologia, and Diabetes.

Dr Festa received his medical degree from the University of Vienna, where he was also appointed Professor of Medicine in 2012. His academic career included a research fellowship at the Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology in San Antonio, Tx, USA, before he joined the pharmaceutical industry, where he held various positions in innovative companies covering clinical research and development as well as senior global management.

Currently, Dr Festa is head of an outpatient clinic for patients with diabetes and metabolic diseases at LK Stockerau Hospital, Nö, Austria. In addition, he holds various teaching appointments, is actively involved in post-graduate medical education and works as an independent consultant in the field of health care for people with diabetes and associated conditions.

Bernhard Ludvik
Bernhard Ludvik
Vienna / AT

Bernhard Ludvik

Bernhard Ludvik

Vienna / AT


Prim.Univ.-Prof.Dr. Bernhard Ludvik


Head/Department of Medicine 1 (Endocrinology/Diabetes/ Nephrology), Rudolfstiftung Hospital

Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Member of the Editorial Board of Obesity Facts-The European Journal of Obesity

Member of the Editorial Board of Hamdan Medical Journal

 Past President Austrian Obesity Association

President of the Diabetes Initiative Austria

Past-President of the Austrian Diabetes Association

Member of the Scientific Committee of the IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity)

Member of the Local Organisation Committee of the 50th EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) 2014 in Vienna



Research in obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, more than 130 peer-reviewed publications in high ranked journals, reviewer in top journals, successful application for research grants, organisation of national and international meetings



Basic research on the pathogenesis and therapy of type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and obesity

Clinical research on the treatment of obesity, diabetes and lipid metabolism as the principal investigator of numerous studies and clinical trials in phases 1, 2 and 3

Nutritional Medicine

Original publications (Medline: 147) in many top journals, review articles, book contributions, numerous presentations at national and international congresses, organization of national and international congresses, reviews for top journals (e.g. Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, European J. Clin. Investigation)