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The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at Indiana University School of Medicine 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 Diabetes Symposium presents unique opportunities to learn from nationally recognized experts, discuss the recent scientific breakthroughs and forge relationships with potential collaborators.

This year, the annual CDMD Symposium is a two half-day event, held virtually on Friday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14. Registration is open through Friday, July 31. Abstract submission is open through Monday, July 13.


Registration is open through Friday, July 31. Abstract submission is open through Monday, July 13. Conference materials will be sent to registrants directly via email. More information on event registration and attendance may be found below. Inquiries related to the event may be directed to Marilyn Wales.

  • 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.

    This year, the poster session will be replaced with oral presentations using Zoom. Due to time limitations, 40 abstract submissions will be identified by the selection committee for oral presentation. Presentations will be divided categorically and run concurrently at the designated times on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14.

    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

    Abstracts are due by 5 pm on Monday, July 13. To submit an abstract, review the abstract submission guidelines and visit the abstract submission page

    You may save and return to a submission page at a later time by using the code provided when exiting the site. However,  a code is not required to view a prior submission.

    If an error is encountered during abstract submission, contact Marilyn Wales, symposium coordinator. Do not submit an abstract more than once.

    All abstracts are reviewed by a selection committee prior to final acceptance and publication in the event abstract booklet.

  • Register for the symposium

    To register for the sixth annual Diabetes Symposium, visit the registration page. Registration is open through Friday, July 31, 2020.

  • Event schedule

    The 6th Annual Symposium is a virtual event, occurring over two half-days on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14. Presentations will be help via Zoom Webinar and Zoom Meetings. Meeting information will be sent to registrants directly via email prior to the meeting.

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 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.

Oral Abstracts

Traditionally, the annual symposium consists of a poster session. However, the 2020 symposium will replace the poster session with virtual oral abstract presentations via Zoom. 

This year, all abstract submissions will be scored and 40 will be selected to present in the oral sessions either on Thursday, Aug. 13 or Friday, Aug. 14. All submissions will be published in the annual CDMD Symposium program. 

Information on abstract submission guidelines and other frequently asked questions may be found below.

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.