This week begins one of the most exciting weeks all year at the American Diabetes Association.
It’s a time to hear from some of the most brilliant minds in our field.
It’s a time to rally our voices in unison that diabetes must be stopped.
And it’s the time to come together to see old friends and meet new ones at Scientific Sessions—the 76th annual event and the world’s largest scientific gathering centered on diabetes.
This year’s meeting is in New Orleans and it officially kicks off on Friday morning.
Over 16,000 attendees are expected not only representing all 50 states in the U.S. but countless countries around the world as well. Researchers and health care professionals will have the opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. In total, the 2016 Scientific Sessions includes 378 abstracts in 50 oral sessions, 2,021 poster presentations including 59 moderated poster discussions, and 335 published-only abstracts. It’s truly a one-of-kind event!
Colleagues across the field have asked me this week what I’m looking forward to about this meeting. Here are several things that I am excited about if I had to list a few . . .
- Hearing Banting Medal Lecture delivered by Barbara B. Kahn, MD, winner of the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement (the Association’s highest honor) entitled “Adipose Tissue, Inter-organ Communication and the Path to TD2 (Type 2 Diabetes)” on Sunday.
- Attending the Pathway Lecture on Friday morning. The Pathway program encourages the new generation of brilliant scientists and sets them on the road to breakthrough discoveries. We will hear from this year’s class of awardees as they highlight their research.
- Hearing from the two principal officers of our Board of Directors: Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, who will deliver her address on Saturday and Desmond Schatz, MD, President, Medicine & Science, who will present his address on Sunday.
- Personally delivering “State of the Association” address on Saturday and making some exciting announcements on Sunday morning—a new addition to the Scientific Sessions where you can hear directly from me about the vision and direction of the Association as the team and I look toward the future.
- Participating in the Association’s annual 5K sponsored by Novo Nordisk on Sunday morning along with my wife Elizabeth. (How important it is to stay physically active, especially at a meeting that includes a lot of sitting!)
- And most of all being able to meet and talk to so many of you personally over the course of our 5-day gathering. I want to hear your stories. I want to learn of your passions and successes in your fight to defeat diabetes. I want to learn how I can serve you better.
I know that several of you who are a part of the diabetes community can not attend the Scientific Sessions this year. You will be missed.
But the good news is that you can still follow our events and learnings over at Twitter. I’ll be live tweeting all week along with many other members of our staff.
You can follow me at @KLHAGAN and the Association at @AmDiabetesAssn and the hashtag #2016ADA