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Diabetes Symposium

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 Diabetes Symposium is a key component in serving this mission. This year’s Diabetes Symposium is Friday, July 26, 2019, at the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Each year, the Diabetes Symposium welcomes two renowned experts to present on the latest developments in their areas of expertise.  Additional details for this year’s keynote speakers will be available later this spring.

Poster Session

The fifth annual Diabetes Symposium will include more than 50 poster presentations. The poster session features published studies discussing the latest research in the areas of diabetes, obesity and metabolic disease. This includes key discoveries related to complications of diabetes and obesity, islet function and survival, nutrition and physiology of obesity, cellular and molecular metabolism, clinical outcomes and more. A panel of judges will score presentations and award selected presenters on Friday afternoon.


Registration and abstract submission are open through Saturday, June 1. Conference materials will be sent to registrants directly via email. Participants may check in at 8 am on Friday, July 26, 2019. Check-in is located on the second floor of Joseph E. Walther Hall, 980 W. Walnut St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

  • Register for the symposium

    To register for the fifth annual Diabetes Symposium, visit the registration page.

  • Submit an abstract

    To submit an abstract, review the abstract submission guidelines and visit the abstract submission page.

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

  • Abstract guidelines

    Abstract acceptance is limited based on available space. Submissions must be fewer than 250 words (not including title, authors, and author information).Abstract topics must be in one of the following categories:

    • Metabolism
    • Obesity
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Other
  • Poster guidelines

    The poster session is Friday, July 26 from 12:30-2:15 pm in the atrium of the VanNuys Medical Science Building, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Presenters who do not want to compete may opt out of the poster competition when submitting an abstract for the event.

    Presenters will be given a numbered poster location upon arrival. Posters may be mounted any time between 8 am and 12 pm on Friday, July 26. All presentation materials must be removed after the poster session. Posters that are left behind will be thrown away.

    • Poster must measure no more than 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall
    • Lettering must be at least 1Ā½-inches tall
    • Illustrations should be easy to read from a short distance
    • At least one author must be present at all times throughout the poster session
    • Velcro tabs and thumbtacks will be provided


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

  • What do I do when I arrive?

    Upon arrival, check in at the registration table, located on the second floor of Joseph E. Walther Hall, 980 W. Walnut St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. There, participants will receive conference materials and a name badge. Name badges must be worn at all times throughout the event.

  • Where can I park?

    Participants with IU parking permits may park in designated areas. Visitors without IU parking permissions may explore visitor parking options at the IUPUI parking and transportation page. The closest visitor garages to the event are University Garage and Lockefield Garage. For a detailed map of all parking options, view the IUPUI parking map.

  • Are meals provided?

    Breakfast and lunch are provided to registered participants. Dietary restrictions may be indicated on the registration form. Attendees must have their name badge to confirm registration prior to receiving meals. Breakfast is located in the Joseph E. Walther Hall atrium. Lunch will be served in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

  • 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.