oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - 47th SEMDSA Congress, Cape Town, 19-22 April 2012 : editorial
As convener of the local organising committee, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to our 47th annual SEMDSA Congress, taking place in the President Hotel, next to the ocean in the beautiful suburb of Sea Point. The local organising committee has made a considerable effort to ensure the participation of some of the best speakers in basic and clinical diabetes and endocrinology. We have compiled a balanced programme, with superb topics delivered by fascinating speakers who are world experts in their fields. We have included some well-known alternatives to the routine oral presentations, such as the meet-the-expert session and poster session. However, both of these will be in new guises, which will hopefully make these sessions more stimulating to the audience. We have introduced a new facet to the programme, called the professorial debate, which is likely to be more stimulating then the Republican contender debates in the USA!
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