I had hoped to get a post out yesterday, but it was simply too hectic to get a chance. The minute the final sessions were over we all headed to the airport to come back to Alexandria. (But despite rushing there, we ended up stuck at the airport for hours because of mechanical problems and weather delays. Some unlucky staff ended up spending the night at the O'Hare Hilton when their flight got cancelled for good, after arriving at the airport at lunchtime!)
Tuesday morning saw a special pair of symposia that I had a role in planning, the Basic and Clinical Highlights sessions that conclude our Scientific Sessions. In those symposia, we recruit a group of top scientists to give their take on what was the "hottest" science presented during the meeting. It requires a tremendous amount of work on the part of these speakers, since they have to not just attend all of the sessions they can, but they have to think through and write up a presentation during the course of the meeting and then deliver it during the concluding 2 hours of this 4 day event. It's a lot of work, but it's a great opportunity for the attendees to get THE expert opinion on what the most important take-aways from the meeting are.
If you are of a scientific bent, you can see these Highlights presentations yourself, free of charge, in just a couple of days. That's right, FREE! We make those sessions, along with a number of others, available for free on the site we have dedicated to webcasts from Scientific Sessions, www.diabetesconnect.org. It will take us a few days to get the slides and the audio synchronized, but I hope to have them up by Friday. There'll be a lot of pretty dense science presented there, but you may find some of it pretty interesting and pretty understandable, especially in the "Clinical Science" session. Check it out.
Thanks for stopping by our blog this year, I hope you found some of it interesting. There are many, many things I could have reported on that I just didn't have time to get to, but fortunately some of it made it into news stories that appeared on TV and in the newspapers over the last few days. Next year we'll be reporting to you from our meeting in San Francisco. Between now and then, Richard, Sue, Stephanie, Paulina and I will be plugging away doing what we can to make diabetes less of a problem in the U.S. We're only a few people, but we represent a lot of people at ADA who are truly doing their best. Talk to you next year!