TAD Talk 2020

Now in its fifth year, the event on 28 March 2020 will see a mix of celebrities, athletes, patients and healthcare professionals take to the stage to share their personal experiences of type 1 diabetes. The event will be hosted in London at the Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park.

This year we will allocate tickets via a ballot. To enter the ballot click here. The ballot will open from 8am on 14 November to 8pm on 31 December, so don't miss your chance to attend.

You will be permitted to register interest for a maximum of two adults and two children per person.

Those lucky enough to get a ballot place, to be announced in January 2020, will be asked to donate a minimum of £5 to Life for a Child. Life for a Child provides young people, in some of the world's most vulnerable communities, with the insulin, supplies and diabetes education that they need to manage their diabetes.

TAD Talk 2019

The fourth TADtalk event was chaired by Joe Meade. Joe contributed to the TAD event previously as part of TADpole and he was an excellent host. In the morning, we had four inspiring speakers and in the afternoon we had an interview with actor James Norton and then a performance by Jade Byrne of her play 'pricks'.

Videos from the 2019 TADtalk can be seen here

TADtalk 2018

In April we held our third TAD talk event at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park, London.

The session was chaired by Jen Grieves, a BBC digital producer, presenter, broadcaster and writer and a previous speaker in 2017 see here.

Jen also interviewed and chaired our young peoples panel where we learnt from some of the younger members of the diabetes community about how they live well with diabetes. These young speakers also took part in our second TADpole event, a collaboration with digibete to produce a video that could be shown to a young person who has just been diagnosed. Click here to learn more.

Videos from the 2018 TADtalk can be seen here.


TAD Talk 2017

Our second TAD talk event was held in London in April 2017 with talks from six more inspirational speakers. This year we also hosted our first TADpole event for 8-12 year olds which ran in parallel to the TAD talks.

TAD talk 2017 was chaired by Stephen Dixon, a Sky news presenter who currently anchors the Sunrise breakfast programme. He's been living with T1D for 25 years and is an advocate of self-management, tied in with the latest technology. Stephen sees living with T1D as a positive part of life and firmly believes in getting better results by working with it, rather than fighting against it.

The day started with an opening welcome address from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh who is NHS England's Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors. He is responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation. Formerly, Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Healthcare Commission and was knighted for services to medicine in 2003.

Videos from the 2017 TADtalk can be seen here

Novo Nordisk has sponsored the catering for this meeting and provided logistical support.

Abbott has sponsored the AV provision for this meeting.

TAD Talk 2016

The first TAD talk was held in London in March 2016. We had seven fantastic speakers and the event was chaired by the BBC journalist and broadcaster Justin Webb who leads a successful career presenting the Today Programme on Radio Four. Justin has personal experience of caring for a family member with Type 1 diabetes. Seven years ago his son was diagnosed with T1D at the age of nine and Justin shared his experience from the parent’s perspective.

Justin Web


The video links can be seen here.

The feedback and comments from our first event included these comments:


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