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(November 16, 2021) – From November 23-26, 2021, Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) will hold their 24th annual Professional Conference virtually. The conference will bring together top health-care providers and scientists from across the country and around the world to share the latest research into the understanding, care and management of diabetes and other endocrine conditions. 

“This year is the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and unfortunately more people in Canada are living with diabetes than ever before,” says Laura Syron, President and CEO for Diabetes Canada. “It’s crucial to support the health-care provider community with the latest research and resources to help guide patient care as they will change the future of this disease, so we don’t have to wait another 100 years to end diabetes. “ 

Speakers at the conference will cover a variety of topics to educate and inform health-care providers on the latest advances in diabetes prevention and treatment. This includes important subjects such as leading-edge research, racism within healthcare systems, social barriers to care, Indigenous science, history of insulin, diabetes and mental health, clinical islet cell transplantation, sex differences in diabetes, diabetes remission and much more.

Highlights from this year’s conference include:

Tuesday, November 23:

  • Racism with Healthcare Systems – Jennifer Moore-Rattray (MB)
  • Learning from Indigenous Science in comparison to Western Biomedical Science – Dr. Michael Robidoux (ON), Keira Loukes (ON)

Wednesday, November 24:

  • History and story of insulin, and how far we have come and where we are heading - Dr. Bernard Zinman (ON)
  • Obesity Management for Solo Practitioners and Multidisciplinary Teams – Dr. Sean Wharton (ON)
  • Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Update – Dr. Peter Senior (AB), Dr. Harpreet Bajaj (ON)
  • Improving care for women with diabetes and pregnancy across the life course and in remote Australia – Dr. Louis Maple (Australia)
  • Nutrition for Wellness - Pirvaeena Piremathasan (QC)
  • Hormonal changes throughout the adult lifespan and their effects on diabetes - Dr. Jennifer Yamamoto (MB), Dr. Adam Millar (ON)

Thursday, November 25:

  • The Onward Journey from Insulin, Islets, Stem Cells and Beyond for Cell Therapy in Diabetes - Dr. James Shapiro (AB)
  • Diabetes and Pregnancy - Dr.  Luigi Bouchard (QC)
  • Autophagy and Senescence in type 1 diabetes - Dr. Amelia Linnemann (Indiana, US), Dr. Scott Soleimanpour (Michigan, US)
  • Neonatal Diabetes and MODY - Dr. Anna Gloyn (California, US). Dr. Siri Greeley (Michigan, US)
  • The Mechanistic Microbiome - Dr. Fernando Forato (ON), Dr. Tony Lam (ON)
  • Sex Differences in Diabetes - Dr. Elizabeth Rideout (BC), Dr. Michaela Devries-Aboud (ON)
  • Diabetes in the Elderly - Dr. Iliana Lega (ON), Dr. Joshua Niznik (North Carolina, US)
  • Diabetes Remission: Using nutrition vs. pharmacotherapy - Sean McKelvey (BC), Dr. Hertzel Gerstein (BC)
  • Hormonal Control of Obesity - Dr. Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina, US), Dr. James Johnson (BC)
  • Microvascular Complications: A Focus on Nephropathy - Dr. Pedro Geraldes (QC), Dr. Allison Dart (MB)
  • The non-endocrine cells of the islet and their role in diabetes - Dr. Heather Denroche (BC), Sara Nunes Vasconcelos (ON)
  • 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes initiative – various speakers

Friday, November 26:

  • Women’s Reproductive Health Symposium - various speakers
  • Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis in Children and Adults – Dr. Leanne Ward (ON); Dr. Rick Adachi (ON)

To learn more about the event and view the entire program, please visit our website.

Media can attend sessions – please reach out for details. Interviews with select presenters can be arranged in advance or during the conference

About Diabetes Canada’s Professional Conference
The 24th annual Diabetes Canada and Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference brings together diabetes clinicians, researchers and educators from across Canada and around the world to share their knowledge, ideas and innovations in diabetes. Although the conference will be virtual this year, attendees will still participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts. Learn more and register at and join the conversation on social media using #DCAN2021.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools, and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).


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Pilar Iglesias, National Communications Manager