Episode 1 ─ Engaging People with Diabetes: Language Matters

Language is a powerful tool for shaping attitudes and behaviour. Today, scientists and health care professionals’ communication with and about people with diabetes often includes non-inclusive, stigmatising and disempowering language. Using inclusive and empowering language has a huge potential to improve the health outcomes of people with diabetes and to increase their engagement in research.

Listen as postdocs within the field of diabetes and an expert discuss the challenges and solutions.

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  • Hannah Chatwin, PhD student, University of Southern Denmark

  • Uffe Søholm, PhD student, University of Southern Denmark 


  • Renza Scibilia, Manager at Diabetes Australia in Melbourne; health writer and diabetes advocate and activist, promoting a person-centred approach to healthcare & in the development of information and technologies


  • Gretchen Repasky, Communications Director, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and University of Helsinki

The postdocs represent the challenge group of

  • Anna Thorsø Larsen, Postdoc, Nordic Bioscience, Denmark

  • Ajeetha Josephrajan, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark

  • Lone Peijs, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Louise Lang Lehrskov, Postdoc, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

  • Muhammad Saad Khilji, PhD Student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


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