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21st Professional Conference & Annual Meetings

The scientific sessions offer researchers and health-care professionals a unique opportunity to share ideas and learn about significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. Over the course of four days, participants will receive exclusive access to more than 40 dynamic and innovative sessions, take part in engaging exchanges with industry-leading experts and expand professional networks with over 1,800 attendees.


Wednesday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m. to Saturday, October 13, at 3:30 p.m.
Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS B3J 0E6

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Plenary Speakers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dr. Irene Hramiak
"Future of Insulin"
London, ON

Dr. Richard M. Bergenstal
"Technology and Diabetes"
St. Louis Park, MN

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dr. David Kerr
"Modernizing Diabetes"
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Sean Wharton
"The Future of Obesity Management"
Hamilton, ON

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mr. George Canyon
"Isabel Lockerbie Address"
Halifax, NS

A highly regarded humanitarian in the diabetes community and is well known for his ongoing support of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Final Program

Downloadable program

Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

Registration Open 12:00 – 19:00
Workshop: Diabetes Canada & Diabetes Action Canada Trainee Day 08:00 – 16:30

Pre-Conference Workshop A:

CDE Prep - Let's Get Started: CDE Preparation Program
Speakers: Ms. Karen Gorecki & Ms. Bonita Nowe-Matheson

Pre-Conference Workshop B:
Motivation in Practice - Why Are We Not Getting The Results We Hoped For?
Speakers: Dr. Michael Vallis & Ms. Carrie Haggett

Pre-Conference Workshop C:
Reconciliation - Make it Happen: Cultural Safety in Diabetes Education - Indigenous Interests
Speakers: Ms. Judith Atkin, Ms. Danna Lyngard & Ms. Bernadine Mawson

Pre-Conference Workshop D: 
Communicating One's Message Effectively
Speaker: Dr. Rick Renciner

13:30 – 16:30

CSEM KTA: Hot Topics Symposium - Controversies in the Management of the Pituitary Patient 
Dr. Adam Millar, Dr. Ehud Ur, Dr. Ali Imran

18:00 – 20:45

Thursday October 11, 2018

Registration Open 06:30 –17:00
Accredited Symposium: TWINS: A tale of Two Journeys - How Our Choices Mattes in Diabetes 06:30 –07:50
Opening Ceremonies 08:00 – 8:30

Plenary Lecture 1: Future of Insulin
Speakers: Dr. Irene Hramiak

08:30 – 09:30

Symposium: Sex and Diabetes
Speakers: Dr. Sharon Parish, Dr. Adam Millar & Dr. Stacey Elliott

Symposium: Patient Centered Care
Speakers: Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta, Dr. Catherine Yu & Dr. Michael Vallis

Symposium: Neuropathy
Speakers: Dr. Paul Fernhough, Dr. Bruce Perkins & Dr. Douglas Zochodne

CSEM Symposium: 
Lipidology: Treatment, Clinical Trials, Risk Assessment
Speaker: Dr. Gary Lewis, Dr. Ruth MacPherson & Dr. Gordon Francis

10:00 – 11:30

General Deligate Lunch/Networking/Exhibits 
Accredited Symposium: Getting to Yes: Effective Consversations For Insulin Initiation

11:30 – 13:00

CSEM Meet the Professor
Opioids and Marijuana Effects on the Endocrine System
Speaker: Dr. Stan Van Uum

11:30 – 13:00

Plenary Lecture 2: Technology and Diabetes
Speaker: Dr. Richard Bergenstal

13:00 – 14:00

Session 1: Chronic Kidney Disease
Speakers: Ms. Kelly Picard & Dr. Phil McFarlane

Session 2: It’s the Feet that Count
Speakers: Mr. Tom Weisz & Dr. Robyn Evans

Session 3: Care of the Elderly
Speakers: Dr. Medha Munshi and Ms. Debbie Daly

2018 Young Scientist Award
Recipient: Dr. Patrick MacDonald

Oral Abstract Session
CSEM Symposium:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Speakers: Dr. Donna Vine, Dr. Robert Rosenfield & Dr. Tannys Vause

14:30 – 15:30

Symposium: Diabetes and the Brain
Speakers: Dr. Tony Lam, Dr. Roger McIntyre & Dr. Jeff Williamson

Symposium: Innovation in Delivery of Care
Speakers: Ms. Christine Paquin, Dr. Steve Chalifoux & Dr. Kerry Mansell

Symposium: Nutrition
Speakers: Dr. Ahmed El–Sohemy, Dr. John Sievenpiper & Dr. Anne–Sophie Brazeau

Oral Abstract Session
CSEM Resident Clinical Vignettes Presentation

16:00 – 17:30
Wine and Chesse Poster Session 17:30 – 18:30

CSEM Thyroid Ultrasound Hands-On Workshop
Speakers: Dr. Deric Morrison, Dr. Phillip Segal, Dr. Chris Tran & Dr. Amel Arnaout

17:30 – 20:30

Accredited Symposium: Hyoglycemia and Glycemic Variability:
How can They Be Minimized to Improve Outcomes?

18:30 – 20:30

Friday, October 12, 2018

06:30 – 17:00
Awards Ceremony 08:00 – 8:30

Plenary Lecture 3: Modernizing Diabetes
Speaker: Dr. David Kerr

08:30 – 9:30

Symposium: Pregnancy: Highlighting the Case of GDM
Speakers: Dr. Erin Keely, Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta & Dr. Sharleen O’Reilly

Symposium: Developments in Regenerative Medicine to Treat Diabetes and Its Complications
Speakers: Dr. Tania Bubela, Dr. Cristina Nostro & Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra

Symposium: Diabetes and Cancer
Speakers: Dr. Pamela Goodwin, Dr. Aaron Michels & Dr. Laurent Azoulay

CSEM Jacques Genest Award Lecture
Genetics of Hyperaldosteronism
Speaker: Dr. Fabio Fernandes-Rosa

10:00 – 11:30

Co-Developed Educational Lunch

CSEM Meet the Professor:
Endocrine Effects of Immune Therapies for Cancer Treatment
Speaker: Dr. Ali Imran

11:30 – 13:00

Plenary Lecture 4: The Future of Obesity Management
Speaker: Dr. Sean Wharton

13:00 – 14:00

Session 4: Interpreting the Cardiovasular Outcome Trials in Diabetes
Speakers: Dr. Alice Cheng & Dr. Jeremy Gilbert

Session 5: Retinopathy
Speakers: Dr. Selina Liu & Dr. Julie Lovshin

Session 6: Intergenerational Effects of Breast Feeding
Speakers: Dr. Brandy Wicklow & Ms. Julie Halipchuk

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient: Dr. James Shapiro

Oral Abstract Session
CSEM Oral Abstracts

14:30 – 15:30

Symposium: Cadiovascular Disease and Diabetes - Focus on Heart Failure
Speakers: Dr. Gary Lopaschuk, Dr. Kim Connelly & Dr. Michel White

Symposium: Pediatrics -  In Search of the Holy  Grail. Successful Transition
Speakers: Dr. Catherine MacDonald, Dr. Christopher MacDonald & Dr. Sonia Butalia

Debate: Metformin Should Remain the First Line Therapy for Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Speakers: Speakers: Dr. Stephen Hull (Pro); Dr. Peter Senior (Con)

Hot Topic Lecture: Remission of Diabetes - Can We Make it Happen?
Speaker: Dr. Ravi Retnakaran

Oral Abstract Session
CSEM Symposium:
Transgender Medicine and Surgery
Speakers: Dr. Joshua David Safer, Dr. Daniel Metzger & Dr. Pierre Brassard

16:00 – 17:30
Wine and Cheese Poster Session 17:30 – 18:30
Co-Developed Educational Dinner 18:30 – 21:30

CSEM Thyroid Cancer Update Co-Hosted with CANNET
Speaker: Dr. Jesse Pasternak

18:30 – 20:30

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Co-Developed Educational Breakfast 07:00 – 8:00

Symposium: Keep it Moving - Innovation in Exercise
Speakers: Dr. Jane Yardley & Dr. Jonathan Fowles

2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines: Making It Practical
Speakers: Dr. Noah Ivers, Ms. Susie Jin & Dr. Robyn Houlden

CSEM Symposium:
Dr. Harold Copp Scientific Basis of Medicine
Adrenal Disorders
Speaker: Dr. Isabelle Bourdeau, Dr. André Lacroix & Alexandra Lemyre

08:00 – 9:30

Isabel Lockerbie Address
Speaker: Mr. George Canyon

CSEM Meet the Professor:
Thyroid - Graves’ Disease
Speaker: Dr. Douglas Ross

10:00 – 11:00

Debate: Intermittent Fasting is an Effective and Safe Way to Manage Type 2 Diabetes
Speakers: Dr. Terra G. Arnason & Dr. David Lau

Session 7: Novel Mechanisms Affecting the Cardiovascular System in Diabetes
Speakers: Dr. Mary–Ellen Harper & Dr. Brian Rodrigues

CSEM Dr. Henry Friesen Plenary Lecture: Neuroendocrine Circuits Controlling Puberty and Fertility: A Translational Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Ursula Kaiser

11:00 – 12:00

CSEM Annual General Meeting

12:30 – 13:30

CSEM Debates on Hot Topics in Endocrinology
Debate 1: Anabolic vs Antiresorptive Therapy for Osteoporosis
Dr. David Kendler & Dr. Aliya Khan

Debate 2: : Treatment Of Hypothyroidis Combination T4+T3 Or T4 Only Is Best
Dr. Douglas Ross & Dr. Deric Morrison

13:30 – 15:00

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