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81st Scientific Sessions will showcase the latest basic, translational, and clinical science


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The implications of COVID-19 on diabetes, major trial results, and the centennial of one of the most significant advancements in medicine are just a few highlights of the educational program at the 81st Scientific Sessions. The virtual meeting will take place June 25–29.

Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD
Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD

“We’ve put together an exciting program featuring five days of cutting-edge science and the latest scientific achievements in the understanding of diabetes, as well as the management and care of the millions of people worldwide living with this disease,” said Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD, Chair of the 81st Scientific Sessions Meeting Planning Committee.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped both the format and the programming of the virtual meeting.

“The Scientific Sessions will deliver the same high-quality content as an in-person meeting with the convenience of logging in at home or at your office,” Dr. Dabelea said. “During this year’s meeting, we will have a live Q&A chat function associated with each session, just as we did last year. But in addition, we will also have a live video Q&A option available for selected sessions.”

Several sessions will address the interplay of diabetes and COVID-19, including an ADA Diabetes Care symposium on learning to minimize risks for people with diabetes during the pandemic. Speakers also will discuss public health and public trust, pregnancy, obesity, and pediatric issues as they relate to diabetes in the era of COVID-19.

Telehealth and telemedicine, also impacted by the pandemic in many ways, are also recurring topics in the program. Sessions will explore such issues as remote monitoring, equity, and reimbursement in the context of telemedicine.

The Year in Review session, an annual highlight of the Scientific Sessions, will examine the latest accomplishments in basic, translational, and clinical science. Results from several major trials also will be reported during the meeting, including:

  • Efficacy and Safety of Dapagliflozin in Patients with and without Type 2 Diabetes Hospitalized with COVID-19—Results from the DARE-19 Global Randomized Controlled Trial;
  • Results of the Glycemic Reduction Approaches in Diabetes—A Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) Study;
  • Tirzepatide—A Novel Dual GIP/GLP-1RA—Results from the First Phase 3 SURPASS Clinical Trials;
  • Update on SCORED and SOLOIST Cardiovascular and Kidney Outcomes Trials.

The program also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, a landmark achievement in diabetes and medicine as a whole.

“A disease of young people that was fatal was transformed into a chronic condition, allowing people affected to enjoy essentially full lives,” Dr. Dabelea said. The session Insulin at Its 100th Birthday will review the major discoveries related to the synthesis, secretion, and action of endogenous insulin, as well as its pharmacological modifications and clinical use.

Social determinants of health is another important topic this year.

“There’s so much more we could do, above and beyond clinical care, that we ought to start thinking about,” said Dr. Dabelea, highlighting sessions about food and housing insecurity, the effects of the built environment, and the effects of structural violence and structural racism.

The 81st Scientific Sessions also will feature hundreds of oral presentations and more than 1,000 poster presentations selected from abstract submissions.

“Any health care professional working with patients with diabetes or at risk for diabetes, and any researcher investigating the etiology, prevention, or management of this disease will want to attend,” Dr. Dabelea said.

Registration should be completed via ADA’s secure online registration portal and includes access to all virtual content for 90 days following the June meeting.

“Even though we won’t be together in person—and I’m looking forward to the day when we can be—the virtual meeting platform will provide opportunities for real-time interaction and engagement with speakers and other activities,” Dr. Dabelea said.

Networking opportunities include a reception Friday, June 25; Women’s Interprofessional Network of the ADA activities; and several Professional Interest Group discussions.

Register today for the 81st Scientific Sessions

If you haven’t registered for the 81st Scientific Sessions, register today to access all of the valuable content during the meeting, June 25–29. Registration also includes on-demand access to all of the virtual content in the Post-Meeting Archive, June 30–September 29.

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