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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 Symposium is a key component in serving this mission. 


Nearly 200 symposium attendees spend a full day 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 the recent scientific breakthroughs and forge relationships with potential collaborators.


In 2020, the 6th Annual CDMD Symposium was a two half-day event, held virtually on Friday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14, 2020. The event attracted more than 200 registrants that included international attendees.

Save the date for the 7th Annual Symposium: Friday, Aug. 6, 2021  

View 2020 Event Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Each year, the symposium welcomes two renowned experts to present on the latest developments in their areas of expertise. In 2020, the speakers were Anna Gloyn, DPhil, professor of pediatric endocrinology and genetics at Stanford University; and Jeffrey E. Pessin, PhD, professor of medicine, professor of molecular pharmacology, and director of the department of medicine Diabetes Research Center at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

Poster Session

The in-person event features a poster session. Students, trainees, staff and post-doctoral researchers in the CDMD community share the latest developments from their laboratories on topics ranging from clinical research, diabetes education, islet biology, neuroscience, physiology, metabolism and more.

In 2020, concurrent oral abstract presentations were substituted for the traditional poster session.

Guidelines and Resources

  • Abstract guidelines

    Note: All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers for quality and relevance. Accepted abstracts will be compiled in an abstract booklet, which will be distributed to all attendees. Of the accepted abstracts, 40 will be selected for short presentations. Awards will be given to the most deserving.

    In 2020, the poster session was replaced with oral presentations using Zoom. 

    All abstracts that are accepted will be displayed in the final program announcement and distributed to registrants for the symposium. Abstract submissions are limited to 1 per presenter/first author.

    Abstracts must be in paragraph form containing no more than 250 words, not including the title, authors, and author information. Abstracts that are longer than 250 words will not be accepted. 

    Abstract acceptance is limited and subject to review by the selection committee. Submissions must be fewer than 250 words (not including title, authors, and author information).

    Abstract topics must be in one of the following categories:

    1. Clinical research
    2. Diabetes education and health outcomes
    3. Diabetes complications
    4. Integrated physiology
    5. Islet biology
    6. Liver metabolism/cardiovascular research
    7. Neuroscience
    8. Skeletal muscle and adipose tissue biology
    9. T1D immunology
    10. Miscellaneous

  • Submit an abstract

    Abstract submission is currently closed. Revisit this page in spring 2021 for updates about the 7th Annual Symposium.

  • Register for the symposium

    Registration is currently closed. Revisit this page in spring 2021 for updates about the 7th Annual Symposium.

  • Event schedule

    In 2020, the CDMD Symposium was help over two half-days in a virtual forum. The event occurred on Thursday, August 13 from 12:45 to 4:00 PM and Friday, August 14, from 8:45 AM to  2:00 PM. 

    View the full event schedule.

Additional information and FAQ

Answers to common questions asked by symposium attendees. For additional details, participants may refer to the symposium program provided in the registration confirmation email.

  • I received an error when trying to register. What do I do?

    Contact Marilyn Wales, event coordinator.

  • I received an error when submitting an abstract? What do I do?

    Contact Marilyn Wales, event coordinator. Do not attempt to submit an abstract more than once.

  • Symposium Materials
    Symposium meeting materials will be sent to each registrant via email. This will include access to keynote presentations, plenary talks and the concurrent short presentations. If someone is registering for you, please us their e-mail so that we may reply to them.