Let’s End Diabetes: 2021 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference


The conference agenda is now available!

November 23-26, 2021


No Travel Needed


Breakout Sessions


Learn & Network

Why Attend?

Attend Canada’s most highly anticipated diabetes-related conference in the comfort of your own home and learn about significant advances in diabetes research, treatment, and care. Through the course of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to attend original research presentations and take part in information sharing with leading diabetes, endocrinology, and related field experts. More information on programming to come! Grab your spot today.

2021 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference
Program Schedule

For more information about the 2021 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference, please visit dcanconference.ca

*Note: all times in ET. Overview of schedule is informational only.

Monday, November 22, 2021

11:00 – 16:00

Diabetes Canada & Diabetes Action Canada Trainee Day

Theme: Plan your journey: from publishing your science to developing your career

11:00 – 17:15

CSEM 15th Annual Endocrine Residents’ Day Review Course

Tuesday, November 23, 2021: Indigenous Science and Content Stream

10:30 – 10:45

Opening Remarks

Speaker(s): TBA

10:45 – 11:45

Racism in Healthcare Systems

Jennifer Moore Rattray; TBA

12:00 – 12:45

Session 2

Speaker(s): TBA

13:00 – 13:45

Lunch / Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Lunch: Obesity Management in Your Practice: Simple Recommendations to Improve Patient Case – Obesity Pharmacotherapy

Faculty: TBA

14:00 – 14:50

Session 3

Speaker(s): TBA

17:00 – 17:45

Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Symposium: Hybrid Closed-Loop technology: A Reviewed Role for the Diabetes Healthcare Team

Faculty: Shahzan Amed, MD, MSc; Alexander Abitbol, MDCM, FRCPC; Michelle Chrisp, BN, CDE; Céline Huot, MD, FRCPC

Wednesday, November 24, 2021: Allied Health Stream

9:00 – 10:00

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lecture

Award Receipient: Mary-Ellen Harper, PhD

10:30 – 11:45

Plenary Lecture 1: History and story of insulin, and how far we have come and where we are heading

Dr. Bernard Zinman

Chair: Dr. Kerry Mansell

12:00 – 12:45

Session 4: Myth vs truth: the safety profile of anti-hyperglycemic agents

Dr. JM Gamble

Chair: Dr. Kerry Mansell

Session 5: Heavenly Sweet Talk: The Impact of Meaning and Purpose on COVID 19, Diabetes Distress and Clinician Burnout

Dr. Barry Simon

Chair: Julia Bannister

Session 6: Hormonal changes throughout the adult lifespan and their effects on diabetes

Dr. Jennifer Yamamoto; Dr. Adam Millar

Chair: Cynthia Keith

Session 7: Obesity Management for Solo Practitioners and Multidisciplinary Teams

Dr. Sean Wharton

Chair: Susie Jin

13:00 – 13:45

Lunch / Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Lunch: Expanding the Understanding of Incretins in Type 2 Diabetes: The role of Dual GIP-GLP-1 Agonism

Faculty: Julie Lovshin, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Alice Y.Y. Cheng, MD, FRCPC; Daniel Ngui, MD, FCFP; Lisa Maks, CNS; Mahua Ghosh, MD, FRCPC

14:00 – 14:50

Allied Health Oral Abstract Session 1

Chair: Leta Philip

Honouring the Stories and Experiences of Indigenous Peoples with Diabetes through Trauma-informed Care

Speaker: Barbara MacDonald

Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care for Diabetes Management in the Era of COVID-19

Speaker: Paul Beamish

Self-Foot Screen for Patients to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers During a Pandemic

Speaker: Melanie Mainville

Allied Health Oral Abstract Session 2

Chair: Susie Jin

COVID-19 Impact on Diabetes Management

Speaker: Alexandra Ratzi-Leewing

Does having better knowledge on type 1 diabetes management is associated with lower reported hypoglycemic risk during and after physical activity?

Speaker: Karine Paiement

Types of Social Support offered through a Virtual Peer Support Network in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes

Speaker: Nancy Wu

Allied Health Oral Abstract Session 3

Chair: Cynthia Keith

Diabetes and Technology: The Dietitian's Perspective on Nutrition Therapy in the virtual world

Speaker: Piraveena Piremathasan

Policy reform to support insulin injections in Nova Scotia schools: A 3I analysis

Speaker: Megan Kean

Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients: An Endocrinology Quality Improvement Initiative

Speaker: Shaily Brahmbhatt

Allied Health Oral Abstract Session 4

Chair: Dr. Zaina Albalawi

A Scoping Review of Foot Screening in People with Diabetes Mellitus across Canada

Speaker: Jahnhavi Patel

Connect1dCanada validation study in patient-driven design to accelerate research in type 1 diabetes

Speaker: Peter Senior

Starting the Process of Quality Improvement in Edmonton’s Tertiary Diabetes Clinics: Getting our Data Ducks in a Row

Speaker: Roseanne Yeung

Validation of Short-term Projection of Diabetes Prevalence using the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System

Speaker: Helene Gardiner

15:00 – 15:45

Session 8: Diabetes and Technology

Cecilia Hamming

Chair: Leta Philip

Session 9: Clinical Practice Guidelines Update

Dr. Peter Senior; Dr. Harpreet Bajaj

Chair: Susie Jin

Session 10: Nutrition for Wellness

Jennifer Brown; Piraveena Piremathasan

Chair: Kim Young

Session 11: Improving care for women with diabetes and pregnancy across the lifecourse and in remote Australia

Dr. Louise Maple-Brown

Chair: Gail MacNeill

16:00 – 16:45

Isabel Lockerbie Address

Shawn Shepheard

Chair: Dr. Kerry Mansell

17:00 – 17:45

Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Symposium: Cardiorenal Protection in Diabetes

Faculty: Christine Lapointe, IPSSA; Akshay Jain MD, FRCPC, FACE, CCD, ECNU, DABIM, DABOM; Veronica Silva MD, FRCPC; Robert Goldberg, MD, MScCH, FRCPC

Thursday, November 25, 2021: Scientific Stream

9:00 – 10:00

Early Career Researcher Partnership Award (formerly called the Young Scientist Award): Lecture

Award Receipient: Francis Lynn, PhD

10:30 – 11:45

Plenary Lecture 2: Islet Cell Transplantation and Stem Cell Research

Dr. James Shapiro

Chair: Dr. Christine Doucette

12:00 – 12:45

Session 12: Diabetes and Pregnancy

Dr. Camille Powe; Dr. Luigi Bouchard

Session 13: Autophagy and Senescence in T1D

Dr. Amelia Linnemann; Dr. Scott Soleimanpour

Chair: Dr. Peter Thompson

Session 14: Neonatal Diabetes and MODY

Dr. Anna Gloyn; Dr. Siri Greeley

Session 15: Sex Differences in Diabetes

Dr. Elizabeth Rideout; Dr. Michaela Devries-Aboud

13:00 – 13:45

Lunch / Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Lunch

14:00 – 14:50

Scientific Oral Abstract Session 1

First-line pharmacotherapy for incident type 2 diabetes: Prescription patterns, adherence, and associated costs

Speaker: David Campbell

Incorporating Treatment Pauses, Dosing Flexibility, and Education to Support GLP-1RA Therapy Persistence

Speaker: Peter Lin

Participant-directed Intervention Tailoring is Associated with Improvements in Glycemic Control for South Asian adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Speaker: Rawel Sidhu

Offspring Birthweight and Long-Term Risk of Maternal Diabetes

Speaker: Tina Nham

Scientific Oral Abstract Session 2

Impact of the PGC-1α Gly482Ser Polymorphism on Mouse Metabolism

Speaker: Nathalie Jouvet

The HNF-1αG319S Variant Shifts β-cell Metabolism Towards Fat Oxidation in MIN6 β-cells and Mouse Islets

Speaker: Taylor Morriseau

Profiling Calcium-Dependent Gene Expression and Identifying Functional Diversity in Human Islet Cell Types

Speaker: Ji Soo Yoon

Sex Differences in β-cells Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response

Speaker: George Brownrigg

Scientific Oral Abstract Session 3

Mechanistic insight regarding how NRF1 and NRF2 protect against non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

Speaker: May Akl

Suppression of ABHD6 Promotes Healthy Expansion of Adipose Tissue in Obesity

Speaker: Pegah Poursharifi

Female Renal Tubule-Specific Adipose Triglyceride Lipase Knockout Mice Develop Glucose Intolerance with Advancing Age

Speaker: Kalsha Diaguarachchige De Silva

Metabolic and Cardiovascular Impact of Ketotic Extreme Carbohydrate Restriction

Speaker: Cassandra Locatelli

Scientific Oral Abstract Session 4

Impaired Function and Altered Morphology in the Skeletal Muscles of Adult Men and Women with Type 1 Diabetes

Speaker: Thomas Hawke

ProIAPP1-67 Measurement in Type 1 Diabetes: a Novel β-cell Biomarker?

Speaker: Lindsay Pallo

Physical Activity and Nerve Structure and Function in Patients with Longstanding Type 1 Diabetes

Speaker: Evan Lewis

Ketogenesis and Ketone Excretion Before and After Empagliflozin Use in Type 1 Diabetes

Speaker: Daniel Scarr

15:00 – 15:45

Session 16: Hormonal Control of Obesity

Dr. Jonathan Campbell; Dr. James Johnson;

Chair: Dr. Erin Mulvihill

Session 17: Lipoprotein Metabolism and Diabetes

Dr. Changting Xiao; Dr. Erin Mulvihill

Chair: Dr. Scott Widenmaier

Session 18: Diabetes in the Elderly

Dr. Iliana Lega; Dr. Joshua Niznik

Chair: Dr. Lorraine Lippscombe

Session 19: The Mechanistic Microbiome

Speaker(s): TBA

Chair: Dr. Jonathan Schertzer

16:00 – 16:45

Session 20: The non-endocrine cells of the islet and their role in diabetes

Dr. Heather Denroche; Dr. Sara Vasconcelos

Session 21: Beyond primary prevention: The role of cities in reducing the burden of diabetes at the population level

Dr. Sarah Mah;

Dr. David Napier

Session 22: Microvascular Complications

Dr. Pedro Geraldes; TBA

Session 23: Diabetes Remission: Using nutrition vs. pharmacotherapy

Sean McKelvey; Dr. Hertzel Gerstein

Chair: Dr. James Johnson

17:00 – 17:45

Networking / Exhibits

Co–Developed Accredited Symposium: Reflecting on the partnership between Primary Care and Endocrinologists

Faculty: Dr. Zubin Punthakee, MD, FRCPC, ABIM; Dr. Upender Mehan, MD, CCFP, FCFP; Joyce M. Arsenault, RN, CDE

Friday, November 26, 2021: CSEM Stream

10:00 – 10:30

CSEM Poster Viewing

Please visit the posters and ask questions of the presenters.

10:30 – 12:00

Welcome and Overview of the CSEM Scientific Program

Dr. Stan Van Uum
Co-chair DC/CSEM Professional Conference; CSEM President-Elect

Session 24: Women’s Reproductive Health Symposium

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Adolescence: Dr. Maria E. Trent
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis: Dr. Anne Marie Carreau
  • Testosterone in Post-Menopausal Women: Dr. Margaret E. Wierman

Moderator: Dr. Sabrina Gill

12:00 – 12:15

Lunch / Networking / Exhibits

CSEM Poster Viewing

12:15 – 13:00

Session 25: Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis in Children and Adults

Dr. Leanne Ward

Dr. Rick Adachi

13:00 – 13:45

Co–Developed Accredited Symposium

13:45 – 14:00

Networking / Exhibits / Clinical Conversation

14:00 – 15:30

Resident Clinical Vignettes / Research Projects

Moderator: Dr. Breay Paty

15:30 – 15:45

Networking / Exhibits / Clinical Conversation

15:45 – 16:45

Session 26: 2021 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines for the Management of Dyslipidemia for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in the Adult

Dr. Robert Hegele

Moderator: Dr. Naomi Severin









Planning Committee

Section Planning Committee

Kerry Mansell, BSP, PharmD, MBA
Allied Health Section Co-Chair

Anne McLaughlin, PDt, CDE

Ariane Godbout, MD, FRCPC

Cynthia Keith, PDt, MAHN, CDE

Gail MacNeill, RN, BNSc, MEd, CDE

Jill Middlemiss, RD, CDE

JM Gamble, BScPharm, PhD

Julia Bannister, MSW, RSW, CDE

Kerrie Abel, MSW, RSW

Kim Young, RD, MSH, CDE

Leta Philp, BScN, RN, CDE

Lisa Brothers Yetman, BSc, RD, CDE

Sarah Moore, NP, MN

Steve Chalifoux, BScN, CDE

Susie Jin, RPh, CDE, CRE

Zaina Albalawi, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Scientific Section Planning Committee

Christine Doucette, Ph.D.
Scientific Section Co-Chair

Clinical Science Sub-Committee

Anna Lam, MD, MSc.

Anthony Hanley, PhD

Brandy Wicklow, MD, MSc

Claudia Gagnon, MD

Daniel Fuller, PhD

Eyal Kraut, MD, FRCPC

James Kim, MBBCh, PgDip (Diabetes)

Jane Yardley, PhD

Jeremy Gilbert, MD, FRCPC

Lorraine Lipscombe, MD, MSc

Mahua Ghosh, MBBS, PhD, FRCPC

Sonia Butalia, MD, FRCPC, MSc

Basic Science Sub-Committee

Bruce Verchere, PhD

Dan Luciani, PhD

Erin Mulvihill, PhD

Francis Lynn, PhD

Jim Johnson, PhD

Jonathan Schertzer, PhD

Pedro-Miguel Geraldes, PhD

Peter Thompson, PhD

Robin Duncan, PhD

Scott Widenmaier, PhD

Indigenous Science and Content Section Planning Committee

Dale Steinhauer
Indigenous Science and Content Section Co-Chair

Denise Lambert

Jeff LaPlante

Julianne Sanguins, RN, PhD

Linda Diffey, MSc, PhD(c)

Taylor Morriseau, PhD(c)

CSEM Section Planning Committee

Stan Van Uum, MD, Ph.D., FRCPC
CSEM Section Co-Chair

Andrea Haqq, MD, MHS, FRCPC, FAAP

Catherine Kelly, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Churn-Ern Yip, MD, FRCPC

Elizabeth Rosolowsky, MD, FRCPC

Heather Lochnan, MD, FRCPC

Isabelle Bourdeau, MD, FRCPC

Jean-Patrice Baillargeon, MD, FRCPC

Jeremy Gilbert, MD, FRCPC

Katherine Morrison, MD, FRCPC

Naomi Severin, MD, FRCPC

Nicole Pun, MD

Ralf Paschke, MD, PhD

Sabrina Gill, MD, FRCPC

Sara Awad, MD

Frequently Asked Questions

This year our conference goes virtual. Join us from the comfort of your own home!
Our virtual conference will take place from November 23, 2021 to November 26, 2021.
You will use the login credentials received in your registration confirmation email to enter the site. Once you login you will be taken to the virtual lobby and will be able to view welcome and instructional videos on how to navigate our virtual conference. You will receive a virtual conference bag which will include a detailed program, as well as additional diabetes related information from our sponsors.'
Much like an in-person conference you will be able to watch presentations in the virtual auditorium and participate in Q&A sessions. There is also an interactive tradeshow where you can visit a variety of diabetes related exhibits and ask questions of company representatives via chat box or arrange a private chat via audio or video options.
Virtual events bring the experience of an in-person conference to your personal computer, so just like an in-person conference, you have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. But many say that attending the event in its entirety will help you get the most out of the experience.
All diabetes and endocrinology professionals are welcome.
The Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference is Canada’s most highly anticipated diabetes-related conference.
It is an opportunity to:
  • Learn about significant advances in diabetes research, treatment, and care
  • Attend original research presentations that are accredited
  • Take part in information sharing with leading diabetes, endocrinology, and related field experts.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
NEW TO 2021! Referral Program: If you have attended the annual conference last year and know someone that hasn't attended ever or within the past two years, encourage them to register this year! If you have the most referrals that complete their registration to attend this year’s professional conference, you will receive a free conference registration (Must be a Diabetes Canada/CSEM members with an active membership valid up until November 26, 2021).
New in 2021, we will have:
  • Division by stream per day for Indigenous (November 23), Allied Health (November 24), Scientific (November 25), and CSEM (November 26)
  • Indigenous content integrated throughout
  • 45 min accredited sessions including live Q&A
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Virtual Poster Hall
  • Virtual Networking Opportunities
  • Virtual Art Gallery
During the presentation, questions can be typed into the chat box at anytime, however the speaker will wait until the allotted Q & A period at the end of the presentation to answer questions from the audience.

CSEM Residents’ Day Review

The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) is excited to offer the 2021 Residents' Day Review Course virtually on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., prior to the 2021 Diabetes Canada/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference.

Residents’ Day consists of workshops and lectures on endocrinology topics led by experts in the field. It is specially designed to prepare you for the upcoming Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification exam in endocrinology. NEW THIS YEAR! Join our Meet-the-Professor sessions: small group, interactive case discussions with experts. There will be lots of time to ask questions.

Resident clinical vignettes and research project abstracts can be submitted here before September 6, 2021 at 11:55p.m ET.

Diabetes Action Canada Trainee Day

The Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) Training and Mentoring Program in collaboration with Diabetes Canada is pleased to offer again in 2021 the Diabetes Action Canada Virtual Trainee Day – Plan your journey: from publishing your science to developing your career. The event will take place on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET prior to the Virtual 2021 Diabetes Canada/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference.

The full conference registration fee includes access to all sessions, exhibits, posters, and sponsored events.

Registration Category Until September 29, 2021 September 29-TBD TBD-November 23
Full Conference Member
Member (Diabetes Canada Regular/Student Membership, CSEM Trainee/Student Membership) Full Conference Pass $100 $120 $150
Full Conference Member
Non-member Full Conference Pass $250 $300 $350
Membership Fees
Diabetes Canada Regular Professional Membership $120 $120 $120
Diabetes Canada Student Membership $0 $0 $0
CSEM Trainee/Student Membership $0 $0 $0

All post-secondary students (e.g. Bachelors, Masters, PhD, post- doctoral or M.D.) enrolled at a college or university in a diabetes/health-care related field are eligible to become student members

Student members enjoy the same benefits as regular members free of charge for up to two years.

Complete the application form and email it along with your proof of enrollment to professional.membership@diabetes.ca. All applicants must provide proof of full-time status that confirms the start and end dates of their program.

No, you do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. Nor do you need a webcam to take part. You only need to have access to the internet.
For any technical assistance, please contact us dcan2021@getvfairs.io OR visit our virtual Help Desk depicted in the internal lobby and a vFairs representative will be available to help you.

The vFairs platform includes the following accessibility features:

  • Ability to increase or decrease font size
  • Read-speaker
  • Colour contrast mode
Contact us via email at info@diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) and our information and support specialists will get back to you in 1-2 business days.