Getting Ready for the ADA’s 2019 Scientific Sessions

The American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions is the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on presenting the latest data on diabetes research, prevention and care. This year it will be held June 7–11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Leading clinicians, physicians, researchers, scientists and other health-care professionals will convene at this incredible conference to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes.

Over 16,000 attendees are expected to attend this years’ conference, including leading physicians, scientists, health-care professionals and industry representatives from around the world. According to William T. Cefalu, MD, Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer for the American Diabetes Association, “attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 850 presentations and 2,000 original research presentations and will participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts. Attendees can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions.”

The ADA Scientific Sessions are designed to immerse attendees in discussions and pique interest and curiosity around essential topics related to diabetes. This conference provides an incredible opportunity to learn the latest diabetes medical, scientific and research information and improve your current clinical practice. The extensive and all-encompassing program is uniquely grouped into eight thematic areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion.

Many people living with diabetes also attend ADA’s Scientific Sessions, which continues efforts to engage and support the peer communities and improve the person-centered health-care experience. According to Cefalu, “The ADA’s Scientific Sessions meeting is a scientific/medical education conference for health-care professionals focused on improving outcomes for people living with diabetes. There are several patient-related organizations such as T1D Exchange and diaTribe, as well as members of the diabetes online community, who attend and help to distill the key scientific findings presented at the meeting.”

Top four reasons for attending ADA’s 2019 Scientific Sessions

1. Cutting-edge information from world-renowned scientists, researchers and experts. Announcements of the latest diabetes news, research, technology and cure-based research updates will be shared at this meeting. Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions.

2. Networking with peers. Conference attendance allows you to gain access to networking and social opportunities. These formal and informal meet-ups allow attendees to share opinions and experiences that could prove beneficial for health-care professionals in private practice, health systems, education, research and a wide variety of other practice settings.

3. The expo hall. Explore the expo hall for an amazing opportunity to meet suppliers and vendors. Seek out product-theaters (including technology updates) that could benefit your knowledge of the diabetes landscape.

4. Learn newly released information first from various research trials. Some of which include:

• Results from the REWIND Trial
• The CAROLINA Trial — First Results of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial Comparing Linagliptin vs Glimepiride
• The PIONEER Program Trials
• The TODAY2 Study — Longitudinal Outcomes in Youth with Type 2 Diabetes
• CREDENCE and CARMELINA — Results form Two Major Clinical Trials in Kidney and Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes

The 2019 conference is going green and increasing its digital footprint. Since the use of mobile and online apps continues to expand, ADA has discontinued printing the Scientific Sessions Abstract book and on-site daily newspaper. Good news! Both will still be available through the Scientific Sessions meeting app as well as online.

I plan on attending and chatting in-person with those passionate about finding a cure for diabetes and how to best support those living with diabetes. Remember to check out the robust conference agenda prior to attending (so you can organize your schedule), wear comfortable shoes and check out the forecast before traveling to beautiful San Francisco. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, FAADE

Owner, Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC

2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year

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