Annual Scientific Meeting and Annual General Meeting

is the premier meeting, rotating around the country, with invited international and national experts giving plenary sessions and focussed topic reviews. There are also scientific presentations by clinicians and basic scientists in oral and poster fora.

The Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Dietitians’ Special Interest Group Study Days, including a Podiatry Special Interest Group, Registrar Training Day and Primary Care Day will also be held here.

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 NZSSD Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the Napier Convention Centre on 7-10 May. Planning is underway and we hope that the meeting will be a combination of stimulating presentations, collegial discussions and memorable social events. 

Conference website

2019 speakers

Registrations/abstracts open:  1 November 2018
Abstract closing date:  5pm 1 March 2019, no extension will be given 
Abstract decision advise by date: 22 March 2019
Conference grant closing date: 22 March 2019
Early bird registration ends: 29 March 2019
Registrations close: 18 April 2019

Abstracts can be received here:  abstract submission

The organising committee is pleased to announce 2 keynote speakers: Professor Leonie Callaway, University of Queensland, and Dr Pratik Choudhary, King’s College London, information below.


Professor Leonie Callaway

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research

Researcher biography

Leonie Callaway MBBS (Hons I) FRACP PhD GCE Lead holds a conjoint position as Head, Royal Brisbane Clinical School, and Senior Specialist in Obstetric and Internal Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Leonie's work as an Obstetric Physician involves working in a team to provide care for women who have medical problems prior to, during or after pregnancy. Common clinical conditions include gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and thromboembolism. Leonie has a particular interest in very high risk pregnancy, including pregnancies associated with obesity, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, systemic lupus eryethematosis and liver disease.

Leonie completed her PhD in the area of obesity and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Her ongoing research interests include obesity and inflammation in pregnancy, the role of the maternal metabolism on fetal programming and neonatal body composition, lifestyle interventions in pregnancy, the role of pregnancy in unmasking the risks of future chronic disease and probiotics for the prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus. With her research team and collaborators, Leonie has been awarded in excess of 5 million dollars in research funding. Leonie currently supervises a number of PhD scholars, and has supervised several students to successful completion. Many of her PhD scholars have been awarded prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarships. Leonie is proud of the fact the PhD scholars in her research team have an outstanding track record of publications, grant funding, prizes and awards and timely completion, all while recognizing the importance of commitments to family and personal life.

Leonie is currently President Elect for the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council, and Co-Chair of the Queensland Clinician Scientists Association. She has an active interest in guideline development to support translation of research into clinical practice.

Leonie has had an interest in medical education both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She previously chaired a number of national education committees for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Leonie was the lead author for the current curriculum for basic physician training. Several years ago, Leonie led an effort to completely revamp the year one clinical coaching program. This program remains one of the highest rated within the School of Medicine. For this work, Leonie and her colleagues were recognised with a UQ Award for the Enhancement of Student Learning in 2008.

Dr Pratik Choudhary

Senior Lecturer / Consultant in Diabetes, King’s College London

Special Interests

Dr Choudhary's main research work is based around mechanisms and treatments of hypoglycaemia unawareness, with a special interest in the psychology of patients with recurrent hypoglycaemia, and the changes in the brain that are associated with that seen on neuroimaging.

He is also interested in the use of technology in diabetes, with a large clinical and research interest in the use of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring and closed loop insulin delivery. 
He is also clinical lead for the islet transplant service at King's, and diabetes lead for the pancreas transplantation at Guy's Hospital.





The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting and Annual General Meeting were held at the Distinction Hotel in Hamilton, 1-4 May 2018

Invited Speakers:

Professor Lori Laffel, Joslin Diabetes Centre, Boston, USA

Associate Professor Leigh Perreault, University of Southern California, USA

Dr Matire Harwood GP - Papakura Marae Health Clinic, NZ

Dr Rob Beaglehole, Clinical Dentist - Nelson Marlborough DHB, NZ




Last year's meeting was held in Dunedin 2-5 May 2017

 Speakers were:

   Dr Amanda Adler               

   Dr Carmel Smart 

   Dr Roger Chen 

   Prof. Fergus Cameron

   Dr Bryan Betty         

   Dr Helen Paterson    

   Dr Brandon Orr-Walker




 2017 AGM

Reports  ACDN report

Past meetings:

2016 Reports   Treasurer's Report

2015 Reports: Consolidated


2014 Reports:



2013 Reports

2012 Annual General Meeting Reports:

Reports 2011...

The Physicians' Clinical Weekend

is a valuable learning experience for new and experienced clinicians, with challenging cases being selected for open discussion along with national diabetes issues.

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Within NZ







The 7th World Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy), co-chaired by Prof. Itamar Raz and Prof. Stefano del Prato will take place in Sorrento, Italy, April 11-13, 2019.


We are delighted to announce a special opportunity to rising stars in the field of Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension. The best five Rising Stars with the greatest impact will be awarded with a prize of €500. For further information, please click here.


For further information, please visit our website:


The 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy AP), co-chaired by Prof. Guang Ning and Prof. Itamar Raz will take place in Shanghai, China, 10-11 May, 2019.
You are invited to visit the Congress website:

A comprehensive list of international diabetes-related conferences can be found at the following website of the Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education:



10th International Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy (DIP 2019) Florence, Italy, May 29 – June 1, 2019

Since the 1st meeting, the DIP Symposium has grown tremendously, dealing with over 80 years of knowledge, innovative research and the most up-to-date tools, techniques and integrative approach. DIP is considered a leading symposium in the field of Maternal and Fetal medicine, presenting data and management protocols to ensure the optimal outcome of pregnancies complicated by diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome. 

The 10th DIP Symposium will highlight the progress of pregnancy - from pre-pregnancy, trimester by trimester, to labor, delivery and post-partum care. Focus will be placed on the prediction and prevention of pregnancy complications – hyperglycemia, hypertension - preeclampsia, preterm birth, NCD’s (Non-Communicable Diseases) and pregnancy, fetal growth and others, as well as the cycle of future NCD’s that begins during the intrauterine life - onto mother and offspring. 

You are invited to visit the Symposium website: