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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Arie Nouwen

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START DATE 21 January 2015
START TIME 05:00pm

Room C211, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 21 January 2015
END TIME 06:00pm

Psychological aspects of diabetes: a bittersweet tale

Diabetes is a serious health condition affecting 366 million people worldwide. This number is expected to rise to 552 million by 2030 due to increased levels of obesity.

People with diabetes often have to make important lifestyle changes and to adhere to a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, many have difficulty making these lifestyle changes risking long-term complications of diabetes. In addition, psychological problems such as depression and anxiety are prevalent which can have serious consequences for people with diabetes.

Yet, despite more than 25 years of research in this area, the underlying mechanisms linking depression and diabetes are still poorly understood.

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Prof Arie Nouwen will present some thoughts for future research directions, and describe the work we have done on: 

  1. The epidemiology of depression in diabetes
  2. Some of the vulnerability factors for depression in diabetes
  3. The strains and stresses associated with diabetes, including self-care.

The lecture will be preceded by tea and followed by a buffet and wine reception.

Attendance must be confirmed by email. Please RSVP to


Professor Arie Nouwen joined Middlesex University in June 2013. He trained as a clinical psychologist at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He then completed his PhD with a thesis on biofeedback and low back pain. In 1984, he emigrated to Quebec, Canada, where he started his professional life working as a clinical psychologist in private practice and at the l'Enfant-Jésus Hospital. In 1991, he returned to academia and took up the post of Assistant Professor (later Associate Professor) at Laval University, Canada. 

In 2000, he moved to the UK where he was offered the position of Reader in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University. In 2002, he joined the University of Birmingham where he was Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. 

Professor Arie Nouwen specialises in the psychosocial and mental health aspects of diabetes mellitus. His research interests include: Motivation to healthy eating and dietary self-care, Depression and diabetes, and Cognitive function. In particular, he is interested in how psychosocial, neuro-cognitive, behavioural and biological variables interact in the development of depression in people with diabetes.

Professor Arie Nouwen is Associate Editor of Diabetic Medicine, and a Consulting Editor of Health Psychology. He is currently Chair of the Psychosocial Study group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and member of the Diabetes-UK Research Committee.

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