Your 2014 Diabetes Conference Calendar!

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After not being able to find a single source for diabetes events and conferences that might be of interest for those who have diabetes and/or advocate for diabetes, I decided to create one.

Ta-da.

Please note that this is U.S.-centric, as I currently live in the United States. (Most of me. My pancreas is currently on the lam somewhere where it cannot be extradited.) However, I have added some international conferences. Most of these can be attended by the hoi polloi, but some do require a medical designation/degree (although a press pass may provide entry). These are regional or national shindigs, not local groups or walks. 

If there is one that I have missed, please notify me at theperfectd [at] gmail [dot] com so I can add it. I will be updating this calendar throughout the year so I suggest you bookmark this page now. (Go ahead. I’ll wait.) 

Click on the title of the conference/event for the website link/additional information.

January

Winter Slipstream 2014 (Connected in Motion) January 24 – 26, 2014 Haliburton, ON Canada

If you’re sporty and love The Great White North (to which the latter I can wholeheartedly attest), then go hang out with other Type 1s and do some cold weather athletic stuff.

February

Taking Control of Your Diabetes February 8, 2014 – Pala, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

61st Annual Advanced Postgraduate Course February 17 – 19, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

A medical conference much like other scientific sessions, leading diabetes experts will give presentations on the latest in diabetes research and care, with small networking sessions thrown in for good measure. (Tip of the hat to Mark Harmel, MPH and Deb Ruppert of the suggestion!)

American Diabetes Association Expo February 22, 2014 – Denver, CO

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

March

American Diabetes Association Expo March 1, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association’s Call To Congress First week of March, 2014 – Washington, DC

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes March 8, 2014 – Sacramento, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo March 15, 2014 – New York City, NY

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

JDRF Government Day Sometime in the middle of March, 2014 – Washington, DC

Each year, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) swarms onto Capitol Hill to talk diabetes to Congress. If you want to be a part of it, get in touch with your local JDRF chapter and get involved. There are also opportunities to meet with your representatives when they are at their “home offices” as well, so if you can’t make it to DC, you can still make a difference.

American Diabetes Association Expo March 29, 2014 – San Antonio, TX

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

April

American Diabetes Association Expo April 5, 2014 – Chicago, IL

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo April 5, 2014 – Seattle, WA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes April 12, 2014 – Honolulu, HI

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

GTC Diabetes Summit 2014 – April 23 – 25, 2014 Boston, MA

Got $1995? Then this conference is for you.

According to the website, that $1995 will get you research, partnership opportunities and network with academia, venture capital, government, small/medium size biotech, big pharma and healthcare organizations. The summit includes the Diabetes Drug Discovery and Development Conference, dealing with the clinical side of things. The Diabetes Partnering & Deal-Making Conference dives into opportunities for partnerships, funding, licensing, and the financial bits of it all.

Diabetes Sisters National Conference April 25 – 27, 2014 – Washington, DC

If you are looking for a conference that focuses on being a woman with diabetes, then look no further. Both Type 1 and Type 2s are welcomed with open arms and significant others are offered opportunities to talk (privately and separately) while you attend the conference. This is an opportunity to learn from other women and bask in the camaraderie of friends made (who just happen to also have diabetes).

May

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Annual Meeting May 14 – 18, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

Medical conference for endos. Not geared to the person with diabetes (and not all diabetes related) but if you are so inclined you can attend.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes May 17, 2014 – Raleigh, NC

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo May 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2014 May 23 – 25, 2014 Ottawa, ON Canada

For those who run with insulin, join others for the Ottawa races, which include a marathon. (And yes, the marathon is also for those who have working pancreases.) Run with others while developing friendships.

June

Taking Control of Your Diabetes June 7, 2014 – Washington, DC

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

ADA 74th Scientific Sessions June 13 – 17, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

The big medical conference. While not specifically designed for the layperson with diabetes, many advocates do attend and sit in on sessions. Many study results are presented.

ICE/ENDO (The Endocrine Society) June 21 – 24, 2014 – Chicago, IL

Not specifically designed for diabetes, and most attendees must have a medical degree, but hey, you never know, right?

July

Friends for Life July 1 – 6, 2014 – Orlando, FL 

This is the de facto gold standard for any family with diabetes. (In the past few years, they’ve begun offering an adult track, but it is geared to the parents and the young kids/teens that have the disease.)

While registration opens on Tuesday, July 1, no sessions occur during that day. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, focus groups, screening, the Exhibit Hall, sessions, and events will occur. Saturday and Sunday are not sessions, but rather time to spend cultivating the friendships you’ve created while you’ve been attending.

Please note that this is the Fourth of July weekend. If you do not reserve rooms at the Marriott (or heck, anywhere in Orlando) early, you may not be able to get a room.

Registration includes conference attendance, shared meals, the Family and Friends Banquet, and one conference t-shirt. A processing fee is added to each registration that partially covers the cost of the registration system.Kids under the age of five are free. For everyone age five or over at the time of the conference, the per person price is:

  • $125 until March 30, 2014
  • $140 until May 31, 2014
  • $150 beginning June 1, 2014

American Diabetes Association Expo July 26, 2014 – Houston, TX

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

August

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting August 6 – 9, 2014 – Orlando, FL

While not specifically designed for the layperson with diabetes (it’s geared towards CDEs, who we love and adore), many advocates do attend and sit in on sessions.

Friends for Life UK 2014  August 15-17, 2014 Old Windsor, Berkshire, England

See the Friends for Life conference above for the general idea. At this time, there’s no additional information.

September

Taking Control of Your Diabetes September 6, 2014 – Missoula, MT

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) September 15 – 19, 2014 –  Vienna, Austria

More of that medical professional conference ilk where large studies are presented. This one is across the pond.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes September 27, 2014 – Des Moines, IA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

October

American Diabetes Association Expo October 11, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

Taking Control of Your Diabetes October 18, 2014 – Amarillo, TX

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women Conference October 24-25, 2014 – Los Angeles, California

If you are looking for a conference that focuses on being a woman with diabetes, then look no further. Both Type 1 and Type 2s are welcomed with open arms and significant others are offered opportunities to talk (privately and separately) while you attend the conference. This is an opportunity to learn from other women and bask in the camaraderie of friends made (who just happen to also have diabetes). Registration is $125 and

 

CWD Focus on Technology October 24 – 26, 2014  – Anaheim, California

This is a smaller conference offered by Children With Diabetes, focusing on…you guessed it… technology. For those who have interest in learning how to incorporate the latest tech and talk with those who are making that tech happen, this is a conference that you won’t want to miss!

November

Taking Control of Your Diabetes November 8, 2014 – San Diego, CA

TCOYD is a one-day program with tracks for both Type 1 and Type 2 individuals (and their friends and family, of course). Those who attend will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, tips, techniques, and technology to help live healthier lives with diabetes. What I love about this program is that it was founded and is run by physicians who have intimate knowledge of diabetes; they have the disease! Many of the speakers also have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, so it’s not as if it’s a “do as I say and not as I do, because I don’t have a clue” program. If you have one coming to your area, you’re fortunate! (They’re missing the entire southeastern portion of the United States.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 8, 2014 – Pittsburgh, PA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 22, 2014 – Atlanta, GA

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

American Diabetes Association Expo November 22, 2014 – Portland, OR

The American Diabetes Association Expo is a one-day exposition where one can peruse through exhibits and talk with professionals and those who are looking to promote items that may help people with diabetes manage the disease. There are health screens and demonstrations and is open and free for everyone. (If you know of anyone who may be at risk, bring them to one of these.)

PLEASE NOTE:

We are still waiting on dates for the Diabetes Technology Society meetings and the annual Insulindependence meeting. We also have scant information on the two additional CWD conferences after the main one in July.  It is also unclear is there will be another National Conference on Mental Health Issues of Diabetes.

I did not include “invite only” conferences.

As always, there are bound to be more opportunities to meet other people with diabetes, learn about the disease, and advocate. These are just a few. As I hear of more, I’ll post them here.