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Diabetes Symposium

The Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases aims to expand and integrate research in diabetes, obesity and metabolic diseases. Launched in 2014, the annual Diabetes Symposium is a key component in serving this mission.

At the annual event, nearly 200 attendees are immersed in an enriched learning environment that celebrates the latest in scientific discovery. The symposium presents unique opportunities to learn from nationally recognized experts, discuss recent scientific breakthroughs and forge relationships with potential collaborators.

Register for the 10th Annual Symposium!

The 2024 symposium will be held on Friday, Aug. 9 on the IU School of Medicine's Indianapolis campus.
Registration is free and includes lunch if completed online by Friday, July 19. 
On-site registration will be available the day of the event, but lunch will not be included.

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Keynote Speakers

Each year, the symposium welcomes two renowned experts to present on the latest developments in their areas of expertise. This year's speakers are Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, vice chair for research and co-director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center at the University of Chicago, and Annemarie Hirsch, MPH, PhD, associate professor and co-director of the Environmental Health Institute in the department of population health sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This year, we’re also pleased to present a special lecture by Corinne M. Silva, PhD, program director of the division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health.

Three researchers discussing diabetes research near a scientific poster at the 2023 CDMD Diabetes Symposium

Poster Session

The annual poster session is an enriching opportunity to explore the latest updates from CDMD scientists. Students, trainees, staff and postdoctoral researchers in the CDMD community present developments from their laboratories on topics ranging from clinical research, diabetes education, islet biology, neuroscience, physiology, metabolism and more.

Guidelines and Resources

  • Register for the symposium

    The 2024 Diabetes Symposium is on Friday, Aug. 9, on the IU School of Medicine's Indianapolis campus! Registration is free and includes lunch if completed online by Friday, July 19. After the online registration deadline, only on-site registration on Aug. 9 will be available which does not include lunch.

    Register now

  • Abstract submissions and poster guidelines

    The abstract submission deadline is June 18, 2024 (5:00 pm EST - close of business). Abstracts are limited to 300 words, excluding title, authors, and affiliations. All abstracts should be submitted as a Word document. Abstracts that are larger than 300 words will not be accepted. For recommendations on how to write an abstract, please, scroll down.

    General Formatting:

    1. Please use Word to create and submit your abstract

    2. Margins: 1” margins

    3. Font: Arial in 11pt

    4. Left justify all text

    5. No tab stops at the beginning of the paragraph

    6. No literature citations should be included in the abstract

    7. Do not write text in all capital letters

    8. Single line spacing

    9. Structured or unstructured formats are acceptable

    Abstracts are to be in one of the following categories:

    1. Metabolism/Physiology

    2. Clinical Research

    3. Islet Biology/Pancreas

    4. Immunology

    5. Neuroscience

    6. Other

    If you submit an abstract, please, indicate whether you are willing to present in the Oral Abstract session. If you select ‘No,’ your abstract will be selected for poster presentation. A total of 20 abstracts will be selected for Oral Presentation.

    If you have problems with your submission, please e-mail Shari R. Parker ( Should you need to make corrections on your submission, please do not submit a new abstract, and contact Shari R. Parker.

    * * *Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (5:00 p.m. EST - close of business)

    An e-mail will be sent to you with your poster number by July 19, 2024.

    Poster Guidelines:

    • Mount your materials on your poster board at the time indicated below

    • Posters must be removed at the dismount time listed below

    • The poster must not exceed 4’ vertical and 8’ horizontal

    • Lettering should not be less than one and one-half inches

    • Illustrations should be similar to those you would use in making slides but more heavily drawn

    • One or two authors MUST be in attendance during the presentation times

    • Velcro tabs / pushpins will be provided

  • Guidelines for writing an abstract

    The purpose of the abstract is to provide a synopsis of your work in a clear (readable, well organized, avoiding jargon), concise (without excess wordiness or unnecessary information), and cohesive (nice flow between the parts) manner. These are guidelines that can help you write a compelling abstract:

    The title should clearly describe what your abstract is about, but also be interesting enough to encourage readers to want to learn more

    Background and Objective

    1. Should explain why your abstract is important or novel

    2. Provide the context or explanation for doing the study, not the whole history but the current situation

      1. What is already known about the subject?

      2. What is not known, and hence what do you intend to examine?

    3. Should state the aim of the study

      1. What are you hoping to find out or what is your hypothesis?

    4. Length: One to three sentences. If you have just started working on your project, it is appropriate to expand a bit more in this section


    1. Should explain how you did your study

    2. Specific population studied

      1. Include sampling frames and response rates when appropriate

      2. How many people/animals/samples were included in the research?

    3. Quantitative or qualitative methods

      1. Specific statistical analysis conducted

      2. Measures and outcomes explored

    4. Time frame duration of the study

    5. Length: Three to eight sentences. If you have just started working on your project, it is appropriate to expand a bit more in this section and reduce the length of Results and Conclusions


    1. The results section should explain what you found

    2. Describe your main findings with data

      1. The intervention group was more likely than the control to use metformin - less good

      2. The intervention group was more likely than the control to use metformin (p<0.01) - better

      3. The intervention group was more likely than the control to use metformin (45% vs. 30%, p<0.01) - best

    3. Concisely describe how your results pertain to your study aim or hypothesis

    4. Remember to report nonsignificant differences too

    5. Usually the longest section, three to eight sentences


    1. This section should explain your main findings and why they are important

    2. Describe the primary take-home message

    3. Conclusions should be reasonable and supported by the findings

    4. Include the Scientific/Clinical/Policy Impact of the research and Implications

    5. Length: two to three sentences

    Adapted from: 

    • Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian J Psychiatry 2011;53:172-5. 
      IMPRS 2020 Abstract Submission, IU School of Medicine 

    • CDC: How to write an abstract

    • Stroke 42(9):2605-10 (2011); doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.607101 

    • Nature Medicine 28(4):798-808 (2022); doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01718-1 

  • Preliminary agenda

    8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Poster set up

    MS Atrium

    8:00-8:50 a.m.

    Registration / Breakfast

    R3 Atrium

    8:00-8:45 a.m.

    Breakfast with Keynote/Guest speakers

    Annemarie G. Hirsch, PhD, MPH
    Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD
    Corinne M. Silva, PhD


    8:45-9:00 a.m. 

    Welcome and Introduction

    Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD
    Director, Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD)
    Lilly Professor of Pediatric Diabetes
    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

    R3 Auditorium

    9:00-9:30 a.m. 

    Special Lecture

    Corinne M. Silva, PhD
    Program Director: Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolic Diseases NIDDK

    R3 Auditorium

    9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Keynote Speaker

    Annemarie G. Hirsch, PhD, MPH
    Director, Center for Community Environment and Health
    Danville, PA

    R3 Auditorium

    10:30-11:00 a.m.



    11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Oral Abstract Presentations


    12:15-2:15 p.m.


    MS Atrium

    12:45-2:20 p.m.

    Poster Session

    MS Atrium

    1:40-2:20 p.m. 

    Guest Speaker chat with Junior Faculty

    Corinne M Silva, PhD
    Program Director: Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolic Diseases 


    2:30-3:00 p.m.

    Plenary Talk

    R3 Auditorium

    3:00-3:30 p.m.

    Pilot and Feasibility Program

    R3 Auditorium

    3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Keynote Speaker

    Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD  
    Professor of Medicine 
    University of Chicago 

    R3 Auditorium

    4:30-4:50 p.m. 

    Oral Presentation/Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

    Núria Morral, PhD
    Associate Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

    R3 Auditorium 



For additional information or questions about the symposium, contact program coordinator Shari Parker at

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2022 CDMD Symposium Speaker