About Conference

The conference is designed to bring recent advances, new concepts, clinical dilemmas and practice perspectives combining global and local expertise, wisdom and flavour. The faculty and scientific content have been chosen to ensure relevance to a spectrum of learners importantly clinical practitioners. The expertise and experience of the faculty has been harnessed in a uniquely designed program to maximize a seamless translation of advances in Diabetology and Endocrinology to your prescription and care strategy. Unique sessions, many of them interactive raise your learning to new levels. These include:

  • Plenary: Science from the master’s perspective
  • Clinical Case Seminars: Every day medicine gets an expert treatment
  • Symposia: Getting the basics right in care
  • Translating advances to future therapies: Which advance will become a standard of care?
  • Debates: incident reflection
  • Is there enough evidence or reason for? Questioning our beliefs
  • An abstract or publication that changed my practice: Because practice changes one advance at a time
  • Conversations: wisdom trumps data


PRIMER is a medical education firm managed by Dr. K M Prasanna Kumar, Dr. S R Aravind & Dr. Krishna G Seshadri. Operational since 2009, PRIMER has been a desired provider of continuing medical education for health care professionals. Besides immensely successful high impact CMEs PRIMER helps create medical education content, commissions & publishes books, periodicals and also partners with technology development. We also create patient centered programs and foster research.


Dr. K M Prasanna Kumar

Chairman – Organising Committee

Dr. S R Aravind

Co-Chair – Organising Committee

Dr. Krishna G Seshadri

Chairman – Scientific Committee

Dr. Sanjay Reddy

Organising Secretary

Dr. Bhavana Sosale

Scientific Co-Ordinator

Organising Committee








Scientific Program

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Day 1 / Friday, 19th March 2021

Day 2 / Saturday, 20th March 2021


10:00 - 11:20

Tejal Lathia, Chitra Selvan

Mind your language - Workshop on communicating with patients - in person and digital


11:30 - 12:50

Sanjay Reddy, Rajiv Kovil, A K Das

Digital devices and technology to enhance your clinical practice - What, When and How?


12:50 - 13:45

Lunch Break

Opening Remarks

13:45 - 14:00

Homage to a lost generation, National and State Anthem

Short Treats

Chairpersons/Moderator : Y Sadashiva Rao, Rama Kumar V V

14:00 - 14:10

Selvapandian P

Management of insomnia in the diabetic patient

14:10 - 14:20

Mohan K

Dry skin in diabetes - What works

14:20 - 14:30

Rajesh R P

Adhesive capsulitis

14:30 - 14:45


Clinical Grand Rounds: New onset Diabetes

Chairpersons/Moderator : A K Das, TS Kannan

14:50 - 15:10

Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy

Thin young adult with weight loss and new onset diabetes

15:10 - 15:30

Rajesh Rajput

34 year old IT shift worker with new onset diabetes

15:30 - 15:50

Suresh Damodaran

New onset diabetes in patient with a BMI > 35

15:50 - 16:00


Insulin and GLP1RA
Made possible with sponsorship support by:Novo Nordisk

Chairpersons/Moderator : Krishna G Seshadri

16:00 - 16:20

Karthik Balachandran

How have insulins suiting the Indian realities evolved over the century?

16:20 - 16:40

Sruti Chandrasekaran

Nuances in use of GLP1RA

16:40 - 16:55

Panel - Today and Beyond


16:55 - 17:15



17:15 - 17:30

Organising Committee

PRIMER Honors: Murthy S and Narasimhan M

Influenza and Diabetes
Made possible with sponsorship support by:Sanofi Vaccines

Chairpersons/Moderator : Y Sadashiva Rao, Rama Mohan

17:30 - 18:15

Ramasubramanian V

Influenza and diabetes - Vicious Circle

Inflammation and Diabetes
Made possible with sponsorship support by:IPCA

Chairpersons/Moderator : Y Sadashiva Rao, Rama Mohan

18:15 - 18:40

Prasanna Kumar K M

Inflammation and Diabetes: The link

Unique Challenges in Diabetes Management
Made possible with sponsorship support by:Abbott

Chairpersons/Moderator : Y Sadashiva Rao, Rama Mohan

18:40 - 19:00

Suresh Damodaran

Unique Challenges of Diabetes Management in India: Postprandial Hyperglycemia and Glycemic Variability


Close for the day


10:00 - 11:20

Manoj Chawla, Usha Ayyagari

Choosing and interpreting glucose monitoring from SMBG to FGM

Made possible with sponsorship support by:USV

11:30 - 12:50

Manoj Chadha, Bipin Sethi

Choosing the right patient for an SGLT2i


12:50 - 13:45

Lunch Break

Opening Remarks

13:45 - 14:00

Homage to a lost generation, National and State Anthem

Debate: Isocaloric diet modifications are pseudoscience

Chairpersons/Moderator : J Damodaran

14:00 - 14:05

J Damodaran


14:05 - 14:15

Rama Mohan


14:15 - 14:25

Purvi Chawla

Certainly not

14:25 - 14:35

Audience Interaction


14:35 - 14:40

J Damodaran

Balance view and Summary


Chairpersons/Moderator : Balamurugan R, Balaji Chidambaram

14:50 - 15:10

Anjana Mohan

Diabetes in Women - the Indian story

15:10 - 15:30

Aravind S R

A reappraisal of the metabolic syndrome and its implications for clinical care

15:30 - 15:50

Shashank R Joshi

Diabesity and metabolic flexibility - The untold story

15:50 - 16:00


Industry Symposia
Made possible with sponsorship support by:Novartis

16:00 - 16:20 Virtual

Unnikrishnan A G

Beta cell preservation

16:20 - 16:40 Virtual

Nagendra Boopathy

Estimating the lifetime benefits of treatment for heart failure

16:40 - 17:00 Virtual

Panel Discussion


17:00 - 17:15



17:15 - 17:30

Organising Committee

PRIMER Honors: Murthy S and Narasimhan M


Chairpersons/Moderator : A K Das, Venkatraman S

17:30 - 17:50 Virtual

Banshi Saboo

Changing Perspectives in Type 1 Diabetes Management

State of the art

Chairpersons/Moderator : Murthy S

17:55 - 18:15 Virtual

Susan Mandel

Thyroid Nodules

Translational Medicine

Chairpersons/Moderator : Aravind S R, Krishna G Seshadri, Prasanna Kumar K M

18:15 - 18:35 Virtual

Heiko Lickert

Inceptor counteracts insulin signaling in beta cells to regulate glycemia

18:35 - 18:55 Virtual

Rohit N. Kulkarni

Therapeutic implications of insulin action in the beta cell for diabetes

18:55 - 19:15 Virtual


Honor Lecture

Chairpersons/Moderator : Mohan V, Krishna G Seshadri

19:15 - 19:55 Virtual

Venkat Narayan K M

The origins of diabetes in Indians

Concept Lecure

Chairpersons/Moderator : Mohan V, Krishna G Seshadri

20:00 - 20:45 Virtual

Ajit Varki

Distinctly Human Evolution of Sialic acid Biology: implications for "Uniquely Human" Diseases

Day 3 / Sunday, 21st March 2021

Conference Venue

Venue Details



The Westin Chennai Velachery




Conference Secretariat


175, Brahmaputra Street, Palaniappa Nagar, Valasaravakkam, Chennai – 600087

Phone :

+91 44 24862822



PRIMER Office:


C/o CDEC, 410/A, 1st Stage, 3rd Block, Near BDA Complex, HBR Layour, Kalyannagar Post, Bengaluru – 560043

Phone :

+91 80 25440011 / 25440055