Programme & Abstracts

Last update: 28/09/2020

The scientific programme will cover a wide range of topics relevant to diabetes. Across eight parallel streams, it will address the basic science and biology of diabetes, the development and application of new drugs, therapies and technologies, the latest information from clinical trials, the burden of diabetes and its complications in populations around the globe, the prevention of diabetes, and policy and advocacy issues critical to addressing the diabetes pandemic.

A particular focus on issues relating to women and to the voice of people with diabetes will be a feature of the programme.

Speakers will include world-leading experts, early career researchers, and people at the coalface who work with or live with diabetes. A range of different formats from lectures to debates and workshops will present cutting-edge findings and state-of-the-art reviews. The highly interactive environment will encourage exchanges of views and the development of new ideas and collaborations.

The IDF 2021 Programme Committee

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Meet the stream leads of the IDF Congress 2021

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Programme Committee Chair: Jonathan Shaw, Australia

Jonathan is Deputy Director at Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is also an endocrinologist, Chair of the Diabetes Advisory Group to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and council member of the Australian Diabetes Society.

Joao Nabais        

Vice Chair: João Valente Nabais, Portugal

João Valente Nabais PhD is Assistant Profesor with Habilitation at University of Evora (Portugal). Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, João has been actively involved in the field of diabetes through his work at national and international level.

Paula Macedo        

Basic and Translational Science Stream Lead: Paula Macedo, Portugal

Paula Macedo is currently Professor at the NOVA Medical School, NOVA University in Lisbon, and at the Department of Medical Sciences Universidade Aveiro, Portugal.

 Andrea Luk        

Diabetes Complications and Comorbidities Stream Lead: Andrea Luk

Andrea Luk is currently the Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

Maria Ines Schmidt         

Diabetes in Women Stream Lead: Maria Inês Schmidt

Maria Inês Schmidt MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and epidemiologist trained at the John Hopkins Hospital and at the University of North Carolina.

 Zilin Sun        

Education and Integrated Care Stream Lead: Zilin Sun

Zilin Sun M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Institute of Diabetes in Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Ayesha Motala         

Epidemiology and Public Health Stream Lead: Ayesha Motala

Ayesha Motala is a specialist physician and currently Professor and Clinical Head in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital affiliated to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Sana Ajmal         

Living with Diabetes Stream Lead: Sana Ajmal

Sana Ajmal is a seasoned diabetes advocate , with years of experience with various IDF programmes and activities, including Young Leaders in Diabetes, Diabetes Education Consultative Section, the World Diabetes Congress Program Committee and other international bodies.

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Clinical, Therapeutic and Technology Research Stream Lead: Shashank Joshi

Shashank R. Joshi is the Chair of the Southeast Asian Region of IDF and Dean of the Indian College of Physicians from Mumbai, India. He is Past President of the Endocrine Society of India, RSSDI and many other societies in India and Asia.

Niti Pall         

Health Services and Policy Stream Lead: Niti Pall

Niti Pall is President of IDF Europe. She is Global Medical Director for KPMG and Senior Mobile Health Advisor for AXA. She also sits on the board of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Niti is a senior Doctor who has deep expertise in primary care models and health benefit management across the world.


Learning objectives of each stream are laid out in the Advance Programme.

Call for abstracts

The IDF Congress 2021 welcomes original abstracts on subjects relevant to the eight programme streams.
The online abstract submission is open from 14 April to 19 June 2021. Share your scientific work with a global audience of healthcare professionals following the Abstract submission guidelines.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Applications for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation for physicians and other healthcare professionals will be presented to the national accreditation body and the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). It is expected that the IDF Congress 2021 will be accredited with approximately 20 hours of CME credits. CME certificates will be available after the congress.

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