Discover the Programme

The IDF Virtual Congress 2021 programme is organised across four streams:

  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Eye and kidney
  • Foot and neuropathy
  • COVID-19 and diabetes

The first day will feature special sessions dedicated to the centenary of insulin and the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition 2021.

Discover the full scientific programme. Sessions can be browsed by author, date and topic.


Abstract submission is now closed. Late-breaking abstracts will be accepted between October 1 and November 3.

Programme at a glance

All times are Central European Time (CET). View this interactive time zone map to see the corresponding times in your area.

Monday, 6 December
10:30-11:30: IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition Launch - Part 1
11:30-12:00: Movement break
11:45-13:00: Satellite symposium
13:00-13:15: Movement break
13:15-14:45: Celebrating 100 years of insulin
14:45-15:00: Movement break
15:00-16:15: Satellite symposium
16:15-16:30: Movement break
16:15-17:15: IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition Launch - Part 2
Tuesday, 7 December
10:15-11:45: Satellite symposium
12:00-13:30: Session
13:30-13:45: Movement break
13:45-14:45: Satellite symposium
14:45-15:00: Movement break
15:00-16:30: Session
16:30-16:45: Movement break
16:45-17:15: Poster presentation
Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 December
12:00-13:30: Session
13:30-13:45: Movement break
13:45-14:45: Satellite symposium
14:45-15:00: Movement break
15:00-16:30: Session
16:30-16:45: Movement break
16:45-17:15: Poster presentation

Programme highlights

Short previews of some of the sessions that will be featured over the six days of the programme. More programme highlights will be added regularly.

Prof Abdul Basit
Global overview of the diabetic foot

Prof Abdul Basit will provide an overview of the the diabetic foot in the IDF Middle-East and North Africa Region, highlighting the importance of the multidisciplinary team in reducing amputation rates.

Dr. Søren Lund Kristensen
Heart failure and diabetes: diagnosis and phenotypes

Dr. Søren Lund Kristensen will discuss the risk and clinical presentation of heart failure in people with diabetes and how this differs from heart failure in people without diabetes, in terms of management and prognosis.

Prof. Juliana Chan
The variability in the trajectory of diabetic kidney disease

Prof. Juliana Chan will discuss the importance of regular assessment, quality care and new technologies in dramatically changing the outcome of diabetic kidney disease.

V Mohan
COVID-19 and Diabetes: The Indian Experience – Prevention and clinical management

Dr. V. Mohan will provide a broad overview of the relationship between COVID-19 and diabetes in India, the health outcomes resulting from the virus and the importance of prevention and management in reducing the severity of COVID-19 in people with diabetes.

Prof Mark Cooper
Why do some individuals with diabetes develop kidney disease?

Prof Mark Cooper will discuss the multi-omics approaches that are increasingly being examined to identify and monitor the progression of diabetic kidney disease in people living with diabetes.

Prof Paul J Thornalley
Management of somatic neuropathy

Prof Paul Thornalley will describe the evidence of abnormally low levels of vitamins in clinical diabetic neuropathy and the effect of vitamin supplements.

David Preiss
Targeting high triglycerides in diabetes: when and how?

Prof David Preiss will discuss the promise of future therapies which substantially lower triglycerides, including those working through the lipoprotein lipase pathway.

Anoop Misra
Therapeutic challenges for people with diabetes
Prof. Anoop Misra will discuss the use of non-insulin blood glucose lowering drugs in people with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19.
Bianca Rocca
Should aspirin be reserved for secondary prevention in type 2 diabetes?
Prof. Bianca Rocca and Prof. Jane Armitage will debate whether aspirin should be reserved for secondary prevention in type 2 diabetes.
Kamlesh Kunti
Current clinical management updates for COVID-19 and diabetes
Prof. Kamlesh Khunti will report on the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes & Covid-19 and describe the methods of improving care for people with diabetes during the pandemic.
Edgar Peters
Practical approach to antibiotic choice for infected ulcers

Dr. Edgar Peters will discuss the diagnosis and management of foot ulcers and provide an overview of the practical approach to antibiotic choice for infected ulcers.

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan
Diagnosis and management of foot ulcers

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan will discuss the simple methods that can be used by physicians to make a proper diagnosis of diabetes-related foot ulcers and their risk factors.

Prof. Solomon Tesfaye
Smart technology and new methodology in neuropathy and foot problems

Prof Solomon Tesfaye will present the “one-stop shop” screening for neuropathy and high risk foot.

Prof. Neil Reeves
Mobile apps for detection and diagnosis of foot problems

Prof Neil Reeves will discuss how artificial intelligence can be used to automatically detect diabetic foot ulcers and related pathologies.

Prof Kazem Rahimi
Hypertension – Updates

Prof Kazem Rahimi will present new insights into blood pressure lowering and cardiovascular risk reduction.

Stela Prgomelja
Diabetes complications: the experiences of people with diabetes and the health professionals who manage them

Stela Prgomelja will share her story of developing and living with a kidney complication of diabetes.

Prof. Noemi Lois
Diagnosis and surgical management of sight-threatening diabetic eye diseases

Prof Noemi Lois will review the complications of diabetic retinopathy and discuss why, despite advances in diabetic retinopathy screening, people still lose sight as a result of the condition.

Prof. Nikolaus Marx
Risk prediction and coronary artery disease in diabetes

Prof Nikolaus Marx will discuss if there is a true distinction between primary and secondary prevention in diabetes.

Continuing Medical Education

The IDF Virtual Congress 2021 has been accredited with 18 hours of CME credits from 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).

CME certificates will be available for participants after the Congress.

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