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.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Najaf Haider
  • Current treasurer – Swarupini Ponnampalam
  • Current secretary – Giulia Argentesi
  • Previous chairs – 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 and Dipesh Patel

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London Deanery

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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.

Fahad Arshad

ST6 Trainee - Yorkshire and Humber Deanery

dr.fahadarshad @ live.com

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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.

Aasiha Saqib

Trainee - South London Deanery

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.

Anne DeBray

ST6 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.

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. 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.

Becky Sagar

ST3 Trainee - West Yorkshire

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

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She 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.

Najaf Haider

ST7 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

najaf.haider @ porthosp.nhs.uk

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Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which gives him 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 spends most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST7 Trainee - Whittington Health

rupini.ponnampalam @ nhs.net

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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.

Meera Ladwa

Research Fellow - South London Deanery

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

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Meera works in South London and is currently researching ethnic variations in type 2 diabetes.  She hopes to use her time with YDEF to support colleagues in difficulty and to help improve the wellbeing of trainees.

Clare Whicher

ST7 Trainee - 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.

Tom Crabtree

ST4 Trainee - East Midland Deanery

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.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Najaf Haider
  • Current treasurer – Swarupini Ponnampalam
  • Current secretary – Giulia Argentesi
  • Previous chairs – 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 and Dipesh Patel

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London Deanery

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Giulia Argentesi

ST4 Trainee - University College London

ydefpumpcourse @ gmail.com

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Our current YDEF Secretary, Giulia 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.

Fahad Arshad

ST6 Trainee - Yorkshire and Humber Deanery

dr.fahadarshad @ live.com

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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.

Najaf Haider

ST7 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

najaf.haider @ porthosp.nhs.uk

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Najaf has worked in three different health systems in three countries which gives him 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 spends most of the free time with family. He is a keen tech enthusiast.

Aaisha Saqib

Trainee - South London Deanery

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.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST7 Trainee - Whittington Health

rupini.ponnampalam @ nhs.net

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Our current YDEF Treasurer, Rupini 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.

Anne DeBray

ST6 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.

Clare Whicher

ST7 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

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Our current Chair, Clare graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 and has done all of her clinical training in Wessex deanery. She is currently out of program 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.

Becky Sagar

ST3 Trainee - West Yorkshire Deanery

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

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She 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.

Meera Ladwa

Research Fellow - South London Deanery

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

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Meera works in South London and is currently researching ethnic variations in type 2 diabetes.  She hopes to use her time with YDEF to support colleagues in difficulty and to help improve the wellbeing of trainees.

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. 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.

Tom Crabtree

ST4 Trainee - East Midland Deanery

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More Information

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.

Previous Committee Chairs & Current Positions

  • Current chair – Najaf Haider
  • Current treasurer – Swarupini Ponnampalam
  • Current secretary – Giulia Argentesi
  • Previous chairs – 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 and Dipesh Patel

Peter Jacob

ST6 Trainee- North East London 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

ydefpumpcourse @ gmail.com

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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.

Fahad Arshad

ST6 Trainee - Yorkshire and Humber Deanery

dr.fahadarshad @ live.com

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.

Najaf Haider

ST7 Trainee - Wessex Deanery

najaf.haider @ porthosp.nhs.uk

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

Aaisha Saqib

Trainee - South London Deanery

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.

Swarupini Ponnampalam

ST7 Trainee - Whittington Health

rupini.ponnampalam @ nhs.net

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.

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.

Meera Ladwa

Research Fellow - South London Deanery

meera.ladwa @ nhs.net

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Meera works in South London and is currently researching ethnic variations in type 2 diabetes.  She hopes to use her time with YDEF to support colleagues in difficulty and to help improve the wellbeing of trainees.

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. 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

ST7 Trainee - 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.

Becky Sagar

ST3 Trainee - West Yorkshire deanery

rebeccaclaire.sagar @ nhs.net

Close Tab Here
More Information

She 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.

Tom Crabtree

ST4 Trainee - East Midland Deanery

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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