Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases


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.

Each year, 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.

The 2019 CDMD Symposium occurred on Friday, July 26, at the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus.

Keynote Speakers

Every year, the event welcomes two renowned experts to present on the latest developments in their areas of expertise.  In 2019, keynote speakers were Miriam Cnop, MD, PhD, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Silvia Corvera, MD, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Poster Session

The annual poster session features published studies on the latest discoveries diabetes, obesity and metabolic disease. This includes studies related to complications of diabetes and obesity, islet function and survival, nutrition and physiology of obesity, cellular and molecular metabolism, clinical outcomes and more.

Award Presentation

Each year, a panel of judges reviews and scores poster presentations from participating scientists. At the end of the event, awards are distributed to a select number of outstanding presenters.


Registration for the 2020 symposium will open by May 2020. Once registered, conference materials will be sent to registrants directly via email.

To register for the sixth annual symposium, revisit this page in May 2020.

Abstract submission is closed until May 2020.

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

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

Presenters who do not want to compete may opt out of the poster competition when submitting an abstract for the event.

Presenters will be receive an email with a numbered poster location and additional poster guidelines prior to the event. Posters may be mounted any time between 8 am and 12 pm on the morning of the event. 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 1½-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 event schedule and additional details from the 2019 symposium, refer to the symposium brochure.

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.

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.

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.

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

Yes, on-site registration is available on the day of the event. However, day-of registration does not include lunch.