Prof. Nam H. Cho
President, International Diabetes Federation

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the International Diabetes Federation Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea.

IDF 2019 marks a welcome return to the Western Pacific region following the successful IDF Congress 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. This region has the largest population of all IDF regions and is home to close to 40% of all people living with diabetes. China alone accounts for the highest number of people with diabetes in the world (114 million). A cause of particular concern in the region is the large undiagnosed population, with over one in two people with diabetes in the Western Pacific being undiagnosed.

With these facts in mind, and the number of people with diabetes and at high risk in the region expected to reach over 183 million within the next twenty years, Korea is the ideal location to bring together the extensive global network of physicians, scientists, nurses, educators, other healthcare professionals, government officials, policy makers, media and diabetes associations that IDF represents.

IDF 2019 in Busan will provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange and sharing of best practice in diabetes prevention, education and treatment. The outcomes of the congress will help foster the collaborations, connections and political actions required to place diabetes at the top of the global health agenda and improve the lives of people living with diabetes, help protect those at risk and reduce the impact of diabetes on our societies.

I look forward to welcoming you in Busan to shape the future of diabetes through our strong and united global voice.


Prof. Moon-Kyu Lee

Chair, Organising Committee

Dr. Edward J. Boyko

Chair, Programme Committee

On behalf of the Organising and Programme Committees, we are delighted to welcome you to the IDF Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea.

The IDF biennial congress is the most significant global diabetes event and one of the largest medical congresses. Through its innovative, diverse and engaging scientific programme, satellite symposia, exhibition and global village, the IDF Congress convenes and mobilises the international diabetes community, helping to shape the future of diabetes care, prevention and treatment. Busan is Korea’s second most populous city and the economic, cultural and educational centre of south-eastern Korea. It will host a scientific programme comprised of eight streams that will build on the learnings and experiences of previous IDF congresses and continue to explore new areas in diabetes research, education and public health. Key objectives include improving the understanding of the global diabetes pandemic and influencing the implementation of healthcare initiatives to improve the lives of people of diabetes and those at risk. A dedicated stream on living with diabetes will again give prominence to the role of people affected by diabetes in healthcare decision-making and design.

The BEXCO Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre provides the ideal venue for IDF 2019, featuring a beautiful auditorium, an adjacent modern convention hall and a spacious exhibition centre equipped to showcase the latest advances in diabetes care and technology. The various session types - from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, meet the expert and workshops - combined with satellite meetings and affiliated events will provide IDF’s diverse and international audience with an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. We look forward to welcoming you to Busan for an inspiring and memorable IDF Congress.

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