The speakers from the DEDOC panel stand in a group


Many of you tuned in virtually to EASD or maybe you were lucky enough to travel there! There was one talk at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes that really got my attention: the #dedoc° symposia “What we wish you knew — and why” which featured advocates speaking on topics that are relevant to people living with diabetes. The topic for this one is: Novel forms of online peer support developed during COVID; how did communities around the world stay connected?

#dedoc° was founded in 2012 by Bastian Hauck, who created the Twitter hashtag #dedoc to host weekly TweetChats for the German chapter of the Diabetes Online Community. It acted as a catalyst to grow a small group of diabetes bloggers into one of Europe’s strongest patient advocacy and peer support communities.

This is an excerpt from the symposium – you can watch the entire thing including the Q&A at the end – at


Renza Scibilia,  Diabetes Australia

Andrea Limbourg, France

Jeff Hitchcock, Children with Diabetes, USA

Salih Hendricks, South Africa

Tom Dean, UK, Twitter DiabetesChat

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