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What to Expect at ADA Virtual 81st Scientific Sessions

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Key Takeaways

  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA) 81st Annual Scientific Sessions will be a virtual event held from June 25-29, 2021.
  • Throughout the meeting, participants can access both mini and regular symposia, oral presentations, professional interest group discussions, debates on current issues in healthcare, award lectures, poster sessions, and virtual exhibits.
  • Attendees can also get involved on social media, participate in a virtual 5K, and enter for a chance to win roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for the 82nd Scientific Sessions meeting in New Orleans.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) 81st Annual Scientific Sessions will be a virtual event held from June 25-29, 2021. The meeting will discuss  the implications of COVID-19 on diabetes, major trial results, and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. 

What Can I Expect at The Meeting?

The Scientific Sessions program is categorized into 8 distinct theme areas allowing you to focus on your specialty or expand your knowledge in other areas.

  • Acute and Chronic Complications
    • Foot Care/Lower Extremities
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Lipids
    • Macrovascular Complications
    • Nephropathy
    • Neuropathy
    • Retinopathy
  • Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education, and Exercise
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Diabetes Education
    • Exercise
    • Psychosocial, Behavioral Medicine
  • Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics
    • Health Care Delivery/Economics
    • Pregnancy
    • Therapeutics/New Technologies
    • Youth
  • Epidemiology/Genetics
    • Epidemiology
    • Genetics and Gene Regulation
  • Immunology/Transplantation
    • Immunology
    • Transplantation
  • Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism
    • Insulin Action
    • Molecular Metabolism
  • Integrated Physiology/Obesity
    • Metabolism, In Vivo (Animals)
    • Metabolism, In Vivo (Humans)
    • Obesity/Pathogenesis of Obesity
  • Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion
    • Islet Biology
    • Insulin Secretion

Throughout the meeting, there will be both mini and regular symposia, oral presentations, professional interest group discussions, debates on current issues in healthcare, award lectures, poster sessions, and virtual exhibits. 

Not-to-Miss Dates

Friday, June 25:

  • 2-4:00 p.m.: Symposium COVID-19 and Diabetes—An Update (Includes Live Video Question and Answer Period)
  • 4:15-6:15 p.m.: The Genetic Architecture of Diabetes and Dissecting Its Phenotypes (With State-of-the-Art Lecture and ADA Presidents’ Select Abstract Presentation)

Saturday, June 26:

  • 8-10:00 a.m.: ADA Diabetes Care Symposium—Learning to Minimize Risks for People with Diabetes in the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m.: ADA Chief Executive Officer Remarks; President, Health Care & Education Address; and Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture
  • 1:45-3:45 p.m.: Insulin at Its 100th Birthday (Includes Live Video Question and Answer Period
  • 4-6:00 p.m.: Symposium Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes; Current Issues Debate—Joint ADA/AACC Presentation—Point-of-Care HbA1C—Should We Use It to Diagnose Diabetes?; Oral Presentations on Novel Science and Advances in Diabetes in Pregnancy (With Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture); Oral Presentation on Incretin-Based Therapies (With ADA Presidents’ Select Abstract Presentation)

Sunday, June 27:

  • 10:15-11:45 a.m.: President, Medicine & Science Address and Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m.:Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology Lecture
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.:Joint ADA/EASD Symposium—Novel Insights and Old Controversies around Insulin and Glucagon-Like Signaling

Monday, June 28:

  • 8-10:00 a.m.: Oral Presentations on Obesity—Discoveries, Developments, and New Directions on Oral Presentations on Glucagon, Incretins, and Other Hormones in Humans
  • 10:10-11:45 a.m.: National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Awards Presentation and Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture
  • 2:15-4:15 p.m.: Communication of Risk in the Era of COVID-19—Public Health and Public Trust

Tuesday, June 29:

  • 8-9:20 a.m.: Debate—Precision Nutrition—Are We There Yet?
  • 10;15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Update on SCORED and SOLOIST Cardiovascular and Kidney Outcomes Trials (Includes Live Video Question and Answer Period)

From June 25-27, the ADA will be hosting a Virtual 5K event. This virtual challenge, supported by Novo Nordisk, allows attendees to run (or walk) from any location and gives attendees the opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. To share your 5K journey on social media, use the hashtag #5KADA

Virtual Specifications

The ADA has published a virtual event guide that answers FAQs regarding the virtual event platform, how to navigate the sessions and posters, and more. 

Photographs or screen captures/screenshots of presentation slides during the Scientific Sessions will be at the discretion of the presenter/study author. Each presenter/study author will announce, verbally and visually on a slide at the beginning of their presentation, whether or not they approve of photographs/screen captures being taken of their slides.

If allowed, attendees may take photographs or screen captures during presentations provided that they are for personal, non-commercial use and are not for publication or rebroadcast without the express written permission of the author.

The ADA encourages the use of social media, when following the above photo policy and within embargo restrictions, to update followers on the latest news coming from the Scientific Sessions.

The hashtag for the 81st Scientific Sessions is #ADA2021. For conference updates, reporters can follow them on Facebook (@DiabetesPro), Twitter (@ADA_DiabetesPro) and LinkedIn (American Diabetes Association).

Registration Information

Registration includes access to all sessions during the 5-day meeting and unlimited access to all virtual content for 90-days after the meeting dates. Prior to the meeting, login instructions for the virtual meeting will be provided via email and will also be available on ADA’s website. Please note that each attendee must be registered and paid in full to access the virtual meeting. Login information is unique to each attendee and cannot be shared.

The ADA has broken down pricing for members, non-members, and students/residents/fellows. Additionally, information has been posted for press/media and group registration. 

For registration changes, cancellations, and payment options, head to the ADA registration webpage. 

From now until June 29, registered attendees who refer the highest number of new colleagues, or those who haven’t attended the Scientific Sessions within the past 2 years, will have the opportunity to win round trip coach air travel, 4 nights hotel, and complimentary meeting registration to attend the 82nd Scientific Sessions, June 3-7, 2022, in New Orleans, LA. In addition, the top 5 runner ups with the most referred colleagues will be awarded complimentary meeting registration to the 82nd Scientific Sessions in 2022. 

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