Tel Aviv.—The first International Conference on Juvenile Diabetes was organized in 1970. The success of this conference encouraged us to organize the second International Conference 2½ years later in 1972. In view of the establishment of the Israel Counselling Center for Juvenile Diabetics at the Beilinson Medical Center, Petah Tikva, Israel, we thought that the symposium should bear the name "Beilinson." The success of the second conference encouraged us to organize the third and fourth symposia.
These symposia have now become a tradition and a meeting place for the best specialists in diabetes in children and adolescents and in diabetes in general. Each congress was built around a different central theme, thus enabling other professionals involved in research or treatment of diabetes, such as biochemists, immunologists, doctors, psychologists, and social workers, to meet. During the course of three days of intensive work in the lecture hall, in the dining