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Diabetes UK Professional Conference - Chair's welcome

Dear Colleagues,

Chair's welcome

As Chair of the Professional Conference Organising Committee and on behalf of the Diabetes UK Conference team, I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2019.

The conference will be held at ACC Liverpool from 6-8 March 2019.

The organising committee has put together an exciting and innovative programme which will bring together many areas of diabetes care, and be of interest to a wide audience of healthcare professionals.

Programme highlights

This year’s programme again delivers eight tracks of sessions running each day to include a mixture of plenaries, symposia and workshops. New to 2019, on Friday we have introduced bespoke masterclasses which will deliver discussion and practical advice in areas which are often considered particularly challenging. Building on the success of the inaugural entry level primary care course at London ExCeL last year, this will again return for the Friday aimed at enhancing knowledge in the core areas of diabetes care.

The main programme will as usual provide stimulating, relevant coverage of key areas of interest in diabetes. We open the conference on Wednesday with a day themed around diabetes prevention and remission. To include a presentation of the two year follow up data for the DiRECT Trial from professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor.

The prestigious Named Lectures will be delivered by leading academics and clinicians nominated by colleagues and elected by the Diabetes UK Healthcare Professional Groups. They include Professor Simon Heller presenting on the cardiovascular risks of hypoglycaemia, Dr. Deborah Wake discussing the future of diabetes education and Professor Anna Gloyn talking about the genetics of Type 2 diabetes and its clinical relevance.

The conference will continue to celebrate and highlight work from within the UK and from further afield to include speakers from Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Dubai and Amsterdam. A particular highlight will be a debate on Thursday on the subject of ‘When is diabetes in remission?’. This will include an expert panel discussion which will directly feed into to the formulation of joint consensus statement by the American Diabetes Association, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and Diabetes UK on this controversial subject.

We hope that all delegates will find the chosen topics in the programme to be relevant, stimulating and educational. In addition, we hope that the conference will afford a unique opportunity to network with colleagues across the diabetes spectrum and share ideas and good practice.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Diabetes UK Conference team and all members of the organising committee, to include my Vice-Chair Professor Jeffrey Stephens, for their inspiration, support and hard work in putting such an excellent programme together. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support in enabling Diabetes UK to deliver a world class conference.

All that remains is for me to say that we look forward to seeing you in Liverpool and, we hope you enjoy the conference and leave with a renewed enthusiasm for our discipline.

Sister Nicola Milne

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