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Professional Conferences - Northern Ireland

Sharing Knowledge, Changing Lives

Photo of inside Riddel Hall, Belfast at 2017 conference


Keynote speakers have been confirmed for the annual Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Professional Diabetes Conference, which is being held on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the Riddel Hall, Belfast. 

The event is open to both primary and secondary care healthcare professionals and is suitable for experienced and more recently appointed healthcare professionals. 

This year, we're delighted to welcome Dr Athinyaa Thiraviaraj, Consultant Diabetologist from the Western HSC Trust to deliver the Keynote Lecture. She will discuss how Philosophy, Communication and Teamwork has helped reorganise diabetes care for young adults in the Western Trust. This will be followed by information about a new peer support group for young adults with Type 1 diabetes in Northern Ireland. Download the conference programme (Word, 17KB).

Emma Berry, from Queens University, Belfast describe her research exploring the emotional struggles of living with Type 2 diabetes. There will be presentations and discussion on blood glucose monitoring for people with Type 2 diabetes including a speaker from Wales who has recently presented research internationally demonstrating the effectiveness of blood glucose monitoring in people with Type 2 diabetes on oral agents.

As usual there is a selection of workshops in both the morning and afternoon programmes on such subjects as new dietary guidelines, ‘Saving Soles’ and structured diabetes education.

In addition to these high profile speakers we are celebrating much innovative work that is taking place in Northern Ireland with the introduction of a dedicated poster session to the morning programme which hopefully will demonstrate posters from work streams of the Diabetes Network and from individuals and diabetes team throughout the province. For more information about this please email

Due to the generosity of our pharmaceutical sponsorship we are able to reduce the conference fees to £10 for Diabetes UK members and £15 for non-members. Register to attend the 2018 Professional Diabetes Conference or email us at for more information.

‘Well organised, excellent topics, great information’

‘Enjoyed the whole day, brilliant speakers’

‘I look forward to this conference each year and find it a useful learning initiative’

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