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Have you ever wanted to attend a professional diabetes conference but didn’t think you’d fit in or be welcome? If so, now may be the chance you’ve been waiting for. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is holding its 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal, Canada, from October 18–22, and people with diabetes are invited.

IDF is a worldwide alliance of over 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries. For over 50 years, IDF has been committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting appropriate diabetes care and prevention worldwide, and encouraging activities toward finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.

The 20th World Diabetes Congress promises to bring together the global diabetes community, as well as political leaders committed to improving health care in their countries, to share knowledge, experience, and ideas. Formats for the exchange of such knowledge and ideas will include debates, open forum sessions, lectures, workshops, and poster presentations. Some 15,000 delegates are expected to attend.

For attendees who have diabetes, a specific program, called Living With Diabetes, will take place throughout the meeting and will include talks, workshops, open forums, and cooking demonstrations. These presentations will offer attendees not only the latest information on the care of diabetes but also the opportunity to interact with and learn from medical professionals. Some of the topics on the Living With Diabetes agenda include alternative medicine, camping, discrimination, hypoglycemia, living with complications, and new technologies. For a complete list of topics, click here.

Although the World Diabetes Congress doesn’t take place until October, it’s worth thinking about now, because the sooner you register, the less it costs. If you register by April 30, the regular rate is 400 euros (about $510). After that, it goes up to 600 euros and then, after August 1, 800 euros. (Lower rates apply to people in health-care professions, students, and citizens and residents of certain low-income countries.) For more information about registering, click here.

How interested would you be in attending such a conference? Let us know in a comment.

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