About YDEF

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and Society for Endocrinology

About YDEF

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee & young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists & Society for Endocrinology.

Ready to Help Change the Way you Learn.

We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, details of which are available on the ‘Courses’ page of this website. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

Ready to Help Change the Way you Learn.

We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, details of which are available on the ‘Courses’ page of this website. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

Who we are…

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and Society for Endocrinology. We serve three core functions for our members – education, advocacy and support.

Our mission is to enable high quality care for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions by delivering excellence in specialist education and providing an effective voice for our members. We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, the details of which are enclosed in this brochure. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

The YDEF also represent the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including specialist training bodies.

Our key link to our members is through our website www.youngdiabetologists.org (this site) which highlights all of our events along wit, information and useful links and is currently generating over 1.5 million hits per year.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Myuri Moorthy
  • Current treasurer – Wui Hang Cheung
  • Current secretary – Suchitra Raj
  • Previous chairs – Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin and Dipesh Patel

Adnan Agha

ST5 Trainee - West Midlands Deanery

 
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He has worked as a medical registrar in four different national healthcare systems giving him a unique perspective on our current training structure. He is interested in improving access to and delivery of psychological care to people with diabetes, and also healthcare professionals.

Adnan has worked to assess the impact of burnout amongst trainees providing care for patients with complex needs. He loves watching and playing sports, especially cricket.

Giulia Argentesi

ST4 Trainee - University College London

 
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She is also an NIHR academic clinical fellow pursuing research into obesity. Her other interests include teaching, particularly for membership exams, and she teaches regularly on the leading professional paces course.

Wui Hang Cheung

ST7 Trainee - North Central London

 
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“Jason” is currently our treasurer for YDEF. His clinical interest focuses on inpatient diabetes and endocrinology care, and the new models in delivering this healthcare service. His academic interests include diabetes in severe complex obesity and it’s surgical management, having devoted time in this rapidly growing specialist field as a NIHR academic clinical fellow. He is a passionate advocate of trainees well-being, co-founder of national online peer support network for NHS staff, and regularly work with stakeholders regarding trainee support in training curriculum structuring. As a committee member he will ensure that well-balanced clinical, academic, and supportive mentoring opportunities for trainees remained a priority.

Myuri Moorthy

Pending Trainee - London Deanery

 
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Dr Moorthy is in her final year of specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology at University College London Hospitals, having graduated from University of Manchester in 2008. Her clinical interest is in patient engagement and education. She also has a passion for teaching and is involved in medical education.

Amar Puttana

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands

 
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Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He has been passionate about the specialty since medical school. He is particularly interested in education having won teaching awards from the University of Birmingham, RCPE and is currently on the MRCP Part 1 examining board. He also is one of the first group of RCP Chief Registrars.  His current focus is to ensure that interest in the specialty continues and aims to organise further YDEF taster evenings to advertise the specialty. His other aim is to try to improve current education of junior doctors in management of basic diabetes and endocrinology.

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

 
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Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands. He is currently Out of Programme to pursue a PhD with the Institute of Digital Healthcare at The University of Warwick. He is motivated to understand how process changes can improve care for patients with diabetes at both the community and inpatient level. He has a strong interest in medical education and is a Trainee Representative for Diabetes & Endocrine Trainees in the West Midlands.

Muna Nwokolo

Research Fellow - King's College Hospital

 
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Munachiso Nwokolo is an Endocrinology and Diabetes trainee bred and based in the London Deanery. She graduated from University College London in 2008 and as a core medical trainee developed an interest in quality improvement projects and education. She was shortlisted for the London Deanery Trainee Innovation in Education Award 2010.

Najaf Haider

ST5 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

 
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Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which him me a unique vantage point to see how things are done in the NHS. He is interested in how diabetes effects different ethnic populations and neuro-endocrine disorders. A happy dad of two lovely kids and spend most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST5 Trainee - Whittington Health

 
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She came to the UK in 2014 from Malaysia and was a clinical fellow in D&E at a DGH in Bristol. She was there for 22 months before applying for NTN in London. She is quite active in delivering teaching to medical students and junior doctors. She hopes to develop this skill and probably dedicate a substantial amount of her time in this in the future.

Suchitra Raj

ST7 Trainee - Kings College Hospital

 
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Suchitra is our current YDEF secretary and Insulin Pump Course Lead. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2008 and has had a keen interest for the speciality since then. Besides representing current trainees as the deanery trainee rep, she is hoping to assist in promoting our speciality and driving recruitment numbers within the deanery. Within the YDEF, she is also keen to support our newer registrars in the programme as they transition into life as a diabetes/endocrine SpR..

Clare Whicher

Research Fellow - Wessex Deanery

 
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She graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 and has done all of her clinical training in Wessex deanery. She is currently out of programme to do research looking into severe mental illness, obesity and diabetes! Along with these interests, Clare is passionate about antenatal care, transition care both in an outpatient and inpatient setting and vulnerable patients with diabetes such as homeless individuals.

Who we are…

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and Society for Endocrinology. We serve three core functions for our members – education, advocacy and support.

Our mission is to enable high quality care for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions by delivering excellence in specialist education and providing an effective voice for our members. We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, the details of which are enclosed in this brochure. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

The YDEF also represent the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including specialist training bodies.

Our key link to our members is through our website www.youngdiabetologists.org (this site) which highlights all of our events along wit, information and useful links and is currently generating over 1.5 million hits per year.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Myuri Moorthy
  • Current treasurer – Wui Hang Cheung
  • Current secretary – Suchitra Raj
  • Previous chairs – Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin and Dipesh Patel

Adnan Agha

ST5 Trainee - West Midlands Deanery

 
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He has worked as a medical registrar in four different national healthcare systems giving him a unique perspective on our current training structure. He is interested in improving access to and delivery of psychological care to people with diabetes, and also healthcare professionals.

Adnan has worked to assess the impact of burnout amongst trainees providing care for patients with complex needs. He loves watching and playing sports, especially cricket.

Giulia Argentesi

ST4 Trainee - University College London

 
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She is also an NIHR academic clinical fellow pursuing research into obesity. Her other interests include teaching, particularly for membership exams, and she teaches regularly on the leading professional paces course.

Wui Hang Cheung

ST7 Trainee - North Central London

 
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“Jason” is currently our treasurer for YDEF. His clinical interest focuses on inpatient diabetes and endocrinology care, and the new models in delivering this healthcare service. His academic interests include diabetes in severe complex obesity and it’s surgical management, having devoted time in this rapidly growing specialist field as a NIHR academic clinical fellow. He is a passionate advocate of trainees well-being, co-founder of national online peer support network for NHS staff, and regularly work with stakeholders regarding trainee support in training curriculum structuring. As a committee member he will ensure that well-balanced clinical, academic, and supportive mentoring opportunities for trainees remained a priority.

Najaf Haider

ST5 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

 
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Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which him me a unique vantage point to see how things are done in the NHS. He is interested in how diabetes effects different ethnic populations and neuro-endocrine disorders. A happy dad of two lovely kids and spend most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Myuri Moorthy

Pending Trainee- London Deanery

 
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Dr Moorthy is in her final year of specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology at University College London Hospitals, having graduated from University of Manchester in 2008. Her clinical interest is in patient engagement and education. She also has a passion for teaching and is involved in medical education.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST5 Trainee - Whittington Health

 
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She came to the UK in 2014 from Malaysia and was a clinical fellow in D&E at a DGH in Bristol. She was there for 22 months before applying for NTN in London. She is quite active in delivering teaching to medical students and junior doctors. She hopes to develop this skill and probably dedicate a substantial amount of her time in this in the future.

Amar Puttana

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He has been passionate about the specialty since medical school. He is particularly interested in education having won teaching awards from the University of Birmingham, RCPE and is currently on the MRCP Part 1 examining board. He also is one of the first group of RCP Chief Registrars.  His current focus is to ensure that interest in the specialty continues and aims to organise further YDEF taster evenings to advertise the specialty. His other aim is to try to improve current education of junior doctors in management of basic diabetes and endocrinology.

Najaf Haider

ST5 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

 
Close Tab Here
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Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which him me a unique vantage point to see how things are done in the NHS. He is interested in how diabetes effects different ethnic populations and neuro-endocrine disorders. A happy dad of two lovely kids and spend most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Muna Nwokolo

Research Fellow - King's College Hospital

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Munachiso Nwokolo is an Endocrinology and Diabetes trainee bred and based in the London Deanery. She graduated from University College London in 2008 and as a core medical trainee developed an interest in quality improvement projects and education. She was shortlisted for the London Deanery Trainee Innovation in Education Award 2010.

Suchitra Raj

ST7 Trainee - Kings College Hospital

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Suchitra is our current YDEF secretary and Insulin Pump Course Lead. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2008 and has had a keen interest for the speciality since then. Besides representing current trainees as the deanery trainee rep, she is hoping to assist in promoting our speciality and driving recruitment numbers within the deanery. Within the YDEF, she is also keen to support our newer registrars in the programme as they transition into life as a diabetes/endocrine SpR.

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands. He is currently Out of Programme to pursue a PhD with the Institute of Digital Healthcare at The University of Warwick. He is motivated to understand how process changes can improve care for patients with diabetes at both the community and inpatient level. He has a strong interest in medical education and is a Trainee Representative for Diabetes & Endocrine Trainees in the West Midlands.

Clare Whicher

Research Fellow - Wessex Deanery

 
Close Tab Here
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She graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 and has done all of her clinical training in Wessex deanery. She is currently out of programme to do research looking into severe mental illness, obesity and diabetes! Along with these interests, Clare is passionate about antenatal care, transition care both in an outpatient and inpatient setting and vulnerable patients with diabetes such as homeless individuals.

Ready to Help Change the Way you Learn.

We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, details of which are available on the ‘Courses’ page of this website. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

Who we are…

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and Society for Endocrinology. We serve three core functions for our members – education, advocacy and support.

Our mission is to enable high quality care for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions by delivering excellence in specialist education and providing an effective voice for our members. We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, the details of which are enclosed in this brochure. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. Recent speakers have included Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England National Clinical Director for Obesity & Diabetes and Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England.

The YDEF also represent the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including specialist training bodies.

Our key link to our members is through our website www.youngdiabetologists.org (this site) which highlights all of our events along wit, information and useful links and is currently generating over 1.5 million hits per year.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Myuri Moorthy
  • Current treasurer – Wui Hang Cheung
  • Current secretary – Suchitra Raj
  • Previous chairs – Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin and Dipesh Patel

Adnan Agha

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands Deanery

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

He has worked as a medical registrar in four different national healthcare systems giving him a unique perspective on our current training structure. He is interested in improving access to and delivery of psychological care to people with diabetes, and also healthcare professionals.

Adnan has worked to assess the impact of burnout amongst trainees providing care for patients with complex needs. He loves watching and playing sports, especially cricket.

Giulia Argentesi

ST4 Trainee - University College London

 
Close Tab Here
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She is also an NIHR academic clinical fellow pursuing research into obesity. Her other interests include teaching, particularly for membership exams, and she teaches regularly on the leading professional paces course.

Wui Hang Cheung

ST7 Trainee - North Central London

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

“Jason” is currently our treasurer for YDEF. His clinical interest focuses on inpatient diabetes and endocrinology care, and the new models in delivering this healthcare service. His academic interests include diabetes in severe complex obesity and it’s surgical management, having devoted time in this rapidly growing specialist field as a NIHR academic clinical fellow. He is a passionate advocate of trainees well-being, co-founder of national online peer support network for NHS staff, and regularly work with stakeholders regarding trainee support in training curriculum structuring. As a committee member he will ensure that well-balanced clinical, academic, and supportive mentoring opportunities for trainees remained a priority.

Najaf Haider

ST5 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which him me a unique vantage point to see how things are done in the NHS. He is interested in how diabetes effects different ethnic populations and neuro-endocrine disorders. A happy dad of two lovely kids and spend most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Myuri Moorthy

Pending Trainee - London Deanery

 
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Dr Moorthy is in her final year of specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology at University College London Hospitals, having graduated from University of Manchester in 2008. Her clinical interest is in patient engagement and education. She also has a passion for teaching and is involved in medical education.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST5 Trainee - Whittington Health

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

She came to the UK in 2014 from Malaysia and was a clinical fellow in D&E at a DGH in Bristol. She was there for 22 months before applying for NTN in London. She is quite active in delivering teaching to medical students and junior doctors. She hopes to develop this skill and probably dedicate a substantial amount of her time in this in the future.

Amar Puttana

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He has been passionate about the specialty since medical school. He is particularly interested in education having won teaching awards from the University of Birmingham, RCPE and is currently on the MRCP Part 1 examining board. He also is one of the first group of RCP Chief Registrars.  His current focus is to ensure that interest in the specialty continues and aims to organise further YDEF taster evenings to advertise the specialty. His other aim is to try to improve current education of junior doctors in management of basic diabetes and endocrinology.

Suchitra Raj

ST7 Trainee - Kings College Hospital

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Suchitra is our current YDEF secretary and Insulin Pump Course Lead. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2008 and has had a keen interest for the speciality since then. Besides representing current trainees as the deanery trainee rep, she is hoping to assist in promoting our speciality and driving recruitment numbers within the deanery. Within the YDEF, she is also keen to support our newer registrars in the programme as they transition into life as a diabetes/endocrine SpR.

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands. He is currently Out of Programme to pursue a PhD with the Institute of Digital Healthcare at The University of Warwick. He is motivated to understand how process changes can improve care for patients with diabetes at both the community and inpatient level. He has a strong interest in medical education and is a Trainee Representative for Diabetes & Endocrine Trainees in the West Midlands.

Clare Whicher

Research Fellow - Wessex Deanery

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

She graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 and has done all of her clinical training in Wessex deanery. She is currently out of programme to do research looking into severe mental illness, obesity and diabetes! Along with these interests, Clare is passionate about antenatal care, transition care both in an outpatient and inpatient setting and vulnerable patients with diabetes such as homeless individuals.

Muna Nwokolo

Clinical Research Fellow - King's College Hospital

 
Close Tab Here
More Information

Munachiso Nwokolo is an Endocrinology and Diabetes trainee bred and based in the London Deanery. She graduated from University College London in 2008 and as a core medical trainee developed an interest in quality improvement projects and education. She was shortlisted for the London Deanery Trainee Innovation in Education Award 2010.

FAQ’s About YDEF

Below are the most common questions answered in advance. We hope it helps you.

How old is YDEF?
YDEF has been supporting D&E registrars for more than 20 years.
Can I attend these meetings with or on behalf of a YDEF representative?
Yes absolutely, we are always looking for more people to get involved! Please get in touch.
Is YDEF free to join?
Yes, completely free as are many of the courses that we organise. You do need to be a member of Diabetes UK to join though.
How can I get more involved with YDEF?
We would love to hear from you so please just drop any of the committee members an email! We advertise for new committee members each January and interviews take place at the DUK conference which is normally in March.
Do we support trainees going to international conferences?
Yes! There is a EASD-Lilly scholarship each year to support 20 trainees to go to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference. There is also an annual North European Young Diabetologists (which takes rotates between Denmark, Holland and the UK) which is a conference for trainees doing research which YDEF supports 10 trainees to attend each year.
How is YDEF funded?
Being part of the YDEF committee is voluntary and not paid. YDEF gets free administrative support from Diabetes UK which we are very grateful for! Pharmaceutical companies financially support our courses and conferences but do not have any involvement in setting the agendas of these meetings – we are also very grateful for their support as the courses would not be possible without them.
What meetings or committees do YDEF sit on to represent D&E trainees?
Speciality advisory committee for D&E at the Royal college of Physicians, Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Professional conference organising committee, Society for Endocrinology, BMA, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists

FAQ’s About YDEF

Below are the most common questions answered in advance. We hope it helps you.

How old is YDEF?
YDEF has been supporting D&E registrars for more than 20 years.
Can I attend these meetings with or on behalf of a YDEF representative?
Yes absolutely, we are always looking for more people to get involved! Please get in touch.
Is YDEF free to join?
Yes, completely free as are many of the courses that we organise. You do need to be a member of Diabetes UK to join though.
How can I get more involved with YDEF?
We would love to hear from you so please just drop any of the committee members an email! We advertise for new committee members each January and interviews take place at the DUK conference which is normally in March.
Do we support trainees going to international conferences?
Yes! There is a EASD-Lilly scholarship each year to support 20 trainees to go to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference. There is also an annual North European Young Diabetologists (which takes rotates between Denmark, Holland and the UK) which is a conference for trainees doing research which YDEF supports 10 trainees to attend each year.
How is YDEF funded?
Being part of the YDEF committee is voluntary and not paid. YDEF gets free administrative support from Diabetes UK which we are very grateful for! Pharmaceutical companies financially support our courses and conferences but do not have any involvement in setting the agendas of these meetings – we are also very grateful for their support as the courses would not be possible without them.
What meetings or committees do YDEF sit on to represent D&E trainees?
Speciality advisory committee for D&E at the Royal college of Physicians, Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Professional conference organising committee, Society for Endocrinology, BMA, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists
 
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“The YDEF is an impressive organisation that fills a vital gap for trainees in diabetes by offering them high-quality training opportunities. The YEDF also provides a central voice for specialist trainees that is a powerful source of advocacy for their career interests.”

Prof. Rury Holman,

Professor of Diabetic Medicine, Oxford and Principal Investigator, UKPDS

 
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“The YDEF is an impressive organisation that fills a vital gap for trainees in diabetes by offering them high-quality training opportunities. The YEDF also provides a central voice for specialist trainees that is a powerful source of advocacy for their career interests.”

Prof. Rury Holman,

Professor of Diabetic Medicine, Oxford and Principal Investigator, UKPDS

 
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“The YDEF is an impressive organisation that fills a vital gap for trainees in diabetes by offering them high-quality training opportunities. The YEDF also provides a central voice for specialist trainees that is a powerful source of advocacy for their career interests.”

  Prof. Rury Holman,

Professor of Diabetic Medicine, Oxford and Principal Investigator, UKPDS

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