Joint ABCD & RA Meeting 2019 Information

Hospitality & registration desk

The ABCD registration and hospitality desk will be open in the Concourse Suites foyer from 08.30 on 13th February. Upon registration, you will receive your conference pack and badge. We request that you please wear your badge throughout the meeting. The conference organising team will be based at this desk throughout the conference should you have any queries.


We are inviting the submission of abstracts for posters on the subjects of diabetes and kidney disease.

  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to display their work in the form of a poster at the meeting, and those meeting the criteria for publication will be published on the ABCD, RA and BJD websites.
  • The top 3 abstracts will be published in full in the BJD (subject to meeting the criteria for publication), and will be invited to present their work in a short oral session at the meeting. Preference will be given to submissions from doctors in training and from allied healthcare professionals.

Submitted abstracts should be of no more than 250 words and the highest ranked will be selected to be presented as posters at the meeting.  

The deadline date for submission of abstracts has been extended until Friday 14th December 2018, and submissions can be made via the online form.

You will be notified as to whether or not your abstract has been selected for presentation as a poster at the meeting as soon as possible after the closing date.


You will need to arrange your own accommodation. There are a number of hotels on the NEC site, as well as others further afield. For further information please see the following web pages


Accreditation for this meeting has been sought from the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits for full attendance. Registers will be available to sign at the end of the meeting and certificates of attendance will be emailed after the event. Please note that if you do not sign the register we are NOT able to give you a certificate of attendance.

Cancellation and refunds

In the event of cancellation, delegate fees are only refundable until 16th January 2019. After this date no refunds will be issued. All refunds are subject to a £10 administration fee.


Your delegate fee includes tea and coffee at designated breaks and a buffet lunch. We will endeavour to cater for any dietary requirements that have been specified to us beforehand.


On line registration is now open.

Please note registration for this event will close at 5pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019.


Registration on or before 19th December 2018

Registration on or after 19th December 2018

Consultant member *



Consultant non-member *



Trainee ^ members*

Free (refundable deposit required)


Trainee ^ non-members *

Free (refundable deposit required)





Allied health care professionals

Free (refundable deposit required)


Sponsor company personnel (additional to allowance with sponsor package)



Commercial (not from sponsoring company)



* Members of either ABCD or Renal Association
^ A doctor who is neither a consultant nor in a career grade post (eg.associate specialist, staff grade)
Trainees and allied health care professionals will need to pay a £50 deposit when registering for the event, which will be refunded in full after the event provided that the delegate has attended the meeting. Deposits will NOT be refunded to any delegate who does not attend for any reason.

Health care professionals based overseas are welcome to attend.


Should you have any problems or queries please contact the ABCD Secretariat on 01675 477602 or by email at

Meeting rooms

The meeting will be held in the Concourse Suites which are located on the ground floor of the Atrium area. Map of the Atrium area


The latest copy of the programme is available online.

Site plan

For a plan of the whole NEC site, please visit the NEC website.


This meeting has been generously sponsored by unrestricted educational grants from the following organisations:

  • AstraZeneca
  • The Boehringer Ingelheim & Lilly Diabetes Alliance
  • Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd
  • Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Novo Nordisk Ltd
  • Sanofi Diabetes
  • Vifor Pharma UK Ltd

Please take time to visit their stands during the breaks.

The sponsoring companies have not had any editorial input into the agenda or material being presented.


The NEC is easily accessed by road, rail or air. For further information please see the NEC website.

The dedicated car park for this event will be announced closer to the date. Please follow the signage on site to locate your car park.


The Meeting is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

For details of the facilities at the NEC, please see their website.


Free WiFi is available at the venue.

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