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 represents the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Royal Colleges.

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

We are very happy to share information that is relevant to a country wide trainee audience. We can advertise locum and substantive consultant jobs as well as research or teaching fellowships. We aim to keep trainees updated with a newsletter sent on the second Monday in alternate months. Reasonable requests for inclusion in the newsletter must be emailed to us before the 1st of the month to be guaranteed inclusion.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Giulia Argentesi
  • Deputy chair – Tim Robbins
  • Current treasurer – Meera Ladwa
  • Current secretary – Aaisha Saqib
  • Previous chairs – Najaf Haider, Clare Whicher, Myuri, Moorthy, Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Milan Piya, Stuart Little, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin, Dipesh Patel, Peter Senior and Liz McIntyre

Giulia Argentesi

Clinical Research Fellow - North East London

g.argentesi @ nhs.net

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Giulia graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and is a specialist registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine in the North Central London Deanery.

She is currently a clinical research fellow at Queen Mary’s University London on a British Heart Foundation funded PhD fellowship, researching Primary Aldosteronism. Giulia also sits on the RCP Diabetes & Endocrine Specialist Advisory committee. 

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

t.robbins.2 @ warwick.ac.uk

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Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands and is our current deputy chair. 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.

Meera Ladwa

Specialty Doctor Diabetic Medicine - North East London

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

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Meera is clinical lead for Young Adult Diabetes at Newham University Hospital and current YDEF Treasurer.  She is keen to improve trainee access to educational and research opportunities.

Aasiha Saqib

ST7 Trainee - South London

aaishasaqib @ nhs.net

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Aaisha is currently working as the RCP Chief Registrar in Medway Hospital in Kent as OOPT. She completed her under graduate training from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan in 2010 and moved to UK the same year. After finishing her Foundation Program from South Thames foundation school and Core Medical training in 2016, she has been working as a higher specialist trainee in South London Deanery. She is passionate about quality improvement and clinical leadership and has won two local and one regional award for this.

Fahad Arshad

ST7 Trainee - South Yorkshire

m.arshad @ sheffield.ac.uk

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Fahad is a senior endocrine trainee in Sheffield, and is currently out of program doing research. His area of interest in the effect of hypoglycaemia on inflammation and thrombosis. He also works with GMC as an examiner for PLAB exams.

Becky Sagar

Clinical Research Fellow - West Yorkshire

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

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Becky graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and came to Leeds for an academic foundation programme job. She then completed core medical training in Leeds and further developed her interest in Diabetes & Endocrinology. She is currently Out of Programme to complete a Ph.D and also enjoys teaching undergraduate medical students, particularly on their final year D&E rotation.

Anne DeBray

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands

anne.debray @ nhs.net

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Annie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and is currently a Diabetes and Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands.  Her first 3 years of specialty training involved research as part of an Academic Clinical Fellowship where she has explored beta cell function and maturity.  She is passionate about teaching, regularly teaching undergraduates and postgraduates (whilst trying to persuade them to choose Diabetes and Endocrinology as their specialty!).  She is currently organising the YDEF Obesity and  ABC of D&E courses.

Tom Crabtree

Clinical Research Fellow - East Midlands

t.crabtree @ nhs.net

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Tom Crabtree is a specialist registrar (ST-something) and clinical research fellow working in the East Midlands and currently based in Derby. Tom is currently undertaking research projects and working with ABCD on its nationwide audit programmes with responsibility for the DIY APS, Closed-Loop and upcoming OmniPod audit. His other research interests include database work and epidemiological studies with real-world data. Current YDEF responsibilities include representing registrar interests at the SAC, ABCD and BMA and is part of the team running the Technology course. Tom is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and will be working on the new gender identity course.

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London

peter.jacob @ nhs.net

ydef.ltft @ gmail.com

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Peter is a less than full time trainee in the North East London Deanery and has specialist interests in diabetes technology and hypoglycaemia. He currently holds the YDEF newsletter and website roles. Peter is also happy to be contacted to help navigate LTFT training issues.

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 represents the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Royal Colleges.

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

We are very happy to share information that is relevant to a country wide trainee audience. We can advertise locum and substantive consultant jobs as well as research or teaching fellowships. We aim to keep trainees updated with a newsletter sent on the second Monday in alternate months. Reasonable requests for inclusion in the newsletter must be emailed to us before the 1st of the month to be guaranteed inclusion.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Giulia Argentesi
  • Deputy chair – TIm Robbins
  • Current treasurer – Meera Ladwa
  • Current secretary – Aaisha Saqib
  • Previous chairs – Najaf Haider, Clare Whicher, Myuri Moorthy, Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Milan Piya, Stuart Little, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin, Dipesh Patel, Peter Senior and Liz McIntyre

Giulia Argentesi

Clinical Research Fellow - North East London

g.argentesi @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Giulia graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and is a specialist registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine in the North Central London Deanery.

She is currently a clinical research fellow at Queen Mary’s University London on a British Heart Foundation funded PhD fellowship, researching Primary Aldosteronism. Giulia also sits on the RCP Diabetes & Endocrine Specialist Advisory committee. 

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

t.robbins.2 @ warwick.ac.uk

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More Information

Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands and is our current deputy chair. 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.

Meera Ladwa

Specialty Doctor Diabetic Medicine - North East London

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

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More Information

Meera is clinical lead for Young Adult Diabetes at Newham University Hospital and current YDEF Treasurer.  She is keen to improve trainee access to educational and research opportunities.

Aasiha Saqib

ST7 Trainee - South London

aaishasaqib @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Aaisha is currently working as the RCP Chief Registrar in Medway Hospital in Kent as OOPT. She completed her under graduate training from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan in 2010 and moved to UK the same year. After finishing her Foundation Program from South Thames foundation school and Core Medical training in 2016, she has been working as a higher specialist trainee in South London Deanery. She is passionate about quality improvement and clinical leadership and has won two local and one regional award for this.

Fahad Arshad

ST7 Trainee - South Yorkshire

m.arshad @ sheffield.ac.uk

Close Tab Here
More Information

Fahad is a senior endocrine trainee in Sheffield, and is currently out of program doing research. His area of interest in the effect of hypoglycaemia on inflammation and thrombosis. He also works with GMC as an examiner for PLAB exams.

Becky Sagar

Clinical Research Fellow - West Yorkshire

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Becky graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and came to Leeds for an academic foundation programme job. She then completed core medical training in Leeds and further developed her interest in Diabetes & Endocrinology. She is currently Out of Programme to complete a Ph.D and also enjoys teaching undergraduate medical students, particularly on their final year D&E rotation.

Anne DeBray

ST7 Trainee - West Midlands

anne.debray @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Annie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and is currently a Diabetes and Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands.  Her first 3 years of specialty training involved research as part of an Academic Clinical Fellowship where she has explored beta cell function and maturity.  She is passionate about teaching, regularly teaching undergraduates and postgraduates (whilst trying to persuade them to choose Diabetes and Endocrinology as their specialty!).  She is currently organising the YDEF Obesity and  ABC of D&E courses.

Tom Crabtree

Clinical Research Fellow - East Midlands

t.crabtree @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Tom Crabtree is a specialist registrar (ST-something) and clinical research fellow working in the East Midlands and currently based in Derby. Tom is currently undertaking research projects and working with ABCD on its nationwide audit programmes with responsibility for the DIY APS, Closed-Loop and upcoming OmniPod audit. His other research interests include database work and epidemiological studies with real-world data. Current YDEF responsibilities include representing registrar interests at the SAC, ABCD and BMA and is part of the team running the Technology course. Tom is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and will be working on the new gender identity course.

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London

peter.jacob @ nhs.net

ydef.ltft @ gmail.com

Close Tab Here
More Information

Peter is a less than full time trainee in the North East London Deanery and has specialist interests in diabetes technology and hypoglycaemia. He currently holds the YDEF newsletter and website roles. Peter is also happy to be contacted to help navigate LTFT training issues.

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 represents the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Royal Colleges.

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.

 

We are very happy to share information that is relevant to a country wide trainee audience. We can advertise locum and substantive consultant jobs as well as research or teaching fellowships. We aim to keep trainees updated with a newsletter sent on the second Monday in alternate months. Reasonable requests for inclusion in the newsletter must be emailed to us before the 1st of the month to be guaranteed inclusion.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Giulia Argentesi
  • Deputy chair – TIm Robbins
  • Current treasurer – Meera Ladwa
  • Current secretary – Aaisha Saqib
  • Previous chairs – Najaf Haider, Clare Whicher, Myuri Moorthy, Amar Puttanna, Muna Nwokolo, Ali Chakera, Hermione Price, Emma Wilmot, Partha Kar, Milan Piya, Stuart Little, Pratik Choudhary, Jyothis George, Marc Atkin, Dipesh Patel, Peter Senior and Liz McIntyre

Giulia Argentesi

Clinical Research Fellow - North East London

g.argentesi @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Giulia graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and is a specialist registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine in the North Central London Deanery.

She is currently a clinical research fellow at Queen Mary’s University London on a British Heart Foundation funded PhD fellowship, researching Primary Aldosteronism. Giulia also sits on the RCP Diabetes & Endocrine Specialist Advisory committee. 

Tim Robbins

Academic SpR - West Midlands

t.robbins.2 @ warwick.ac.uk

Close Tab Here
More Information

Dr Tim Robbins is a Diabetes & Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands and is our current deputy chair. 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.

Meera Ladwa

Specialty Doctor Diabetic Medicine - North East London

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Meera is clinical lead for Young Adult Diabetes at Newham University Hospital and current YDEF Treasurer.  She is keen to improve trainee access to educational and research opportunities.

Aaisha Saqib

Trainee - South London Deanery

aaishasaqib @ nhs.net

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More Information

Aaisha is currently working as the RCP Chief Registrar in Medway Hospital in Kent as OOPT. She completed her under graduate training from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan in 2010 and moved to UK the same year. After finishing her Foundation Program from South Thames foundation school and Core Medical training in 2016, she has been working as a higher specialist trainee in South London Deanery. She is passionate about quality improvement and clinical leadership and has won two local and one regional award for this.

Fahad Arshad

ST7 Trainee - South Yorkshire

m.arshad @ sheffield.ac.uk

Close Tab Here
More Information

Fahad is a senior endocrine trainee in Sheffield, and is currently out of program doing research. His area of interest in the effect of hypoglycaemia on inflammation and thrombosis. He also works with GMC as an examiner for PLAB exams.

Becky Sagar

Clinical Research Fellow - West Yorkshire

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Annie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and is currently a Diabetes and Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands.  Her first 3 years of specialty training involved research as part of an Academic Clinical Fellowship where she has explored beta cell function and maturity.  She is passionate about teaching, regularly teaching undergraduates and postgraduates (whilst trying to persuade them to choose Diabetes and Endocrinology as their specialty!).  She is currently organising the YDEF Obesity and  ABC of D&E courses.

Anne DeBray

ST6 Trainee - West Midlands

anne.debray @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Annie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and is currently a Diabetes and Endocrine SpR in the West Midlands.  Her first 3 years of specialty training involved research as part of an Academic Clinical Fellowship where she has explored beta cell function and maturity.  She is passionate about teaching, regularly teaching undergraduates and postgraduates (whilst trying to persuade them to choose Diabetes and Endocrinology as their specialty!).  She is currently organising the YDEF Obesity and  ABC of D&E courses.

Tom Crabtree

Clinical Research Fellow - East Midlands

t.crabtree @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

Tom Crabtree is a specialist registrar (ST-something) and clinical research fellow working in the East Midlands and currently based in Derby. Tom is currently undertaking research projects and working with ABCD on its nationwide audit programmes with responsibility for the DIY APS, Closed-Loop and upcoming OmniPod audit. His other research interests include database work and epidemiological studies with real-world data. Current YDEF responsibilities include representing registrar interests at the SAC, ABCD and BMA and is part of the team running the Technology course. Tom is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and will be working on the new gender identity course.

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London

peter.jacob @ nhs.net

ydef.ltft @ gmail.com

Close Tab Here
More Information

Peter is a less than full time trainee in the North East London Deanery and has specialist interests in diabetes technology and hypoglycaemia. He currently holds the YDEF newsletter and website roles. Peter is also happy to be contacted to help navigate LTFT training issues.

FAQ’s About YDEF

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

How can I contact YDEF?

You can contact us at:

General enquiries: info @ youngdiabetologists.org.uk or twitter @youngdiab

Pump Course Queries: ydefpumpcourse @ gmail.com

Tim Robbins: t.robbins.2 @ warwick.ac.uk or twitter @Dr_Tim_Robbins

Najaf Haider: najaf.haider @ porthosp.nhs.uk or twitter @najafhaider

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 YDEF 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 YDEF 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 YDEF 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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