In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation brings the World Diabetes Congress to Vancouver, Canada.
Experts in diabetes care from around the world will exchange diabetes research and best practices. Physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government officials, policy makers and representatives from 230 IDF Member Associations will gather to learn, discover and connect.
The cutting-edge scientific programme will be made up of 220 hours of sessions split into 6 streams. With talks from around 350 speakers and over 1000 posters being presented, the World Diabetes Congress is a great learning experience. Up to 80 global exhibitors will be presenting their latest research, products and medical advances. This event is the ideal place to connect and network with all the players in the field of diabetes medicine, care, management and advocacy.
As a strategic location, Vancouver bridges the North American and Asia Pacific regions providing an appropriate setting for discussions on how to tackle the global diabetes epidemic. IDF estimates that 10 per cent of Canadians have diabetes. Furthermore, one in five children with type 1 diabetes lives in the North America and Caribbean region.
Welcome message from the Governor General of Canada
I am pleased to extend greetings to all those who have gathered for the World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver.
Canadians are known throughout the world for their compassionate efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. As a country, we would not have this reputation without the tireless work of those who have committed themselves to making their community a better place. All of you here, Canadian and non-Canadian alike, share that spirit. In your case, you are ensuring that those living with diabetes have access to treatment and that research is done to help prevent this disease. This Congress is a great chance for innovative and new ideas to be heard and discussed.
I wish you all of you a wonderful and productive dialogue.
Governor General of Canada