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Winnipeg, MB. (September 26, 2019) – From October 2-5, 2019, Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) will hold their 22nd annual Professional Conference in Winnipeg at the RBC Convention Centre. This conference, the largest of its kind in Canada, brings together top health-care professionals and scientists from across the country and around the world to share the latest research into the understanding, care and management of diabetes. 

“We are thrilled to bring together some of the leading minds in diabetes care to share information and discuss the latest advances in diabetes research and treatment,” says Dr. Jan Hux, president and CEO for Diabetes Canada. “Diabetes management continues to evolve, making it more and more critical to bring together inter-disciplinary health-care teams to discuss the latest discoveries in diabetes research. “

Speakers at the conference will cover a variety of topics to educate and inform health-care providers on the latest advances in diabetes treatment. This includes leading-edge research, social determinants of health, diabetes and cannabis, delivery transformation in Indigenous communities and much more.

“We look forward to showcasing some of the best new research available to make the lives of people living with diabetes better, as well as highlighting scientific innovations that bring us one step closer to the possibility of a cure,” says Dr. Alice Cheng, endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners and co-chair of the 2019 conference. “Diabetes research is developing in leaps and bounds and this is an opportunity for health-care professionals to learn about these developments as well as the newest advances in clinical practice.”

Highlights from this year’s event include:

Thursday, October 3:

  • Social and Environmental Determinants of Diabetes – Dr. Gillian Booth (Toronto, ON)
  • Management and Remission of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle: Is it possible? – Dr. Jason Gill (Glasgow, UK)
  • Recreational Cannabis Consumption in Adults and Adolescents with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Diabetes Canada Position Statement
    • Dr. Harpreet Bajaj (Brampton, ON)
    • Dr. Celine Huot (Montreal, QC)
  • Community Engagement to support Health-Care Delivery Transformation in Indigenous Communities
    • Dr. Stewart Harris (London, ON)
    • Devon Guy (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB)
    • Joelle Emond (Kahnawake Mohawk Territory)
    • Dr. Michael Green (Kingston, ON)
    • Lorraine Cook (Biinjitwaabik Zaaging Anishinabek)
    • Carmen Jones (Peterborough, ON)
  • 2019 Young Scientist Award presentation

Friday, October 4:

  • Adjunctive Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes – Dr. Bruce Perkins (Toronto, ON)
  • Diabetes and Organized Fasting
    • Dr. Tayyab Khan (Oakville, ON)
    • Dr. Amel Arnaout (Ottawa, ON)
    • Dr. Tyceer Abouhassan (Windsor, ON)
  • Diabetes in the New 20 Years: No Longer my Great-Grandmother's Disease – Dr. James Gavin (Toronto, ON)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award presentation

Saturday, October 5:

  • Isabel Lockerbie Address: Bright Spots and Landmines: Overcoming Challenges in Diabetes – Dr. Adam Brown (San Francisco, CA)
  • Debate: Ketogenic Diet is a safe and effective therapy for type 2 diabetes
    • Jackie Allen (Mississauga, ON)
    • Kristen Imfeld (Mississauga, ON)

Media can attend sessions. Interviews with select presenters can be arranged in advance or during the conference. To learn more about the event and view the entire program, please visit

Making diabetes a health-care priority during the Federal Election campaign

In advance of Canada’s federal election, Conference delegates will also engage in opportunities to discuss and learn more about Canada’s need for a comprehensive nation-wide strategy. Diabetes 360° was created with the diabetes community, taking into consideration the important and unique needs of health-care providers on the front line of delivering care to the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.

Throughout the conference, you will see a call to government to implement Diabetes 360° —a nation-wide comprehensive strategy that will address key needs for Canadians with or at risk of developing diabetes. Kim Hanson, Executive Director, Federal Affairs for Diabetes Canada is available for interview.

About Diabetes 360° 

The World Health Organization recommends every country implement a national diabetes strategy-and since 2013, Canada has been without one despite having one of the highest rates of diabetes prevalence amongst the world’s most developed nations. Diabetes Canada is urging government to implement Diabetes 360—a coordinated and comprehensive approach to disease management and prevention. Implementing a nation-wide strategy in Canada could prevent a million cases of diabetes and avoid hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations for diabetes-related consequences in the next ten years. For more information, please visit

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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