Diabetes Africa 2024 UK Forum

Advancing equity
in diabetes care
for Black populations

28 November 2024 | London
Coin Street Conference Centre

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The Diabetes Africa 2024 UK Forum is sponsored by A. Menarini Farmaceutica Internazionale SRL, Eli Lilly and Company, Agamatrix, and Insulet who have had no input into the topics discussed or the selection of speakers.

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Diabetes specialist nurses in Ethiopia

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Jean-Marie Dangou

Medical Doctor, World Health Organisation, Zimbabwe

Jean-Marie is a Medical Doctor, specialized in Histopathology, Cytology and Cytogenetic and, in Epidemiology. He received his training at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium), at the University of Bordeaux II (France) and, at the University C. Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal).

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Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz

Executive Director, Diabetes Africa, UK

Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz (MPharm, PhD, PGCert) is a registered pharmacist with a PhD in molecular biology and bioinformatics, and is an Executive MBA candidate. Bernadette 10 years of experience across multiple sectors and industries, including medical affairs management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Bernadette is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Diabetes Africa.

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Olubiyi Adesina

Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria

Dr Olubiyi Adesina is an endocrinologist, a former columnist at the Sunday Sun newspaper and the Chairman of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (Ogun State Chapter).

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Biritukan, a nurse from St Paul's Hospital with advanced knowledge in diabetes

Embedding specialist nurses in diabetes care

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This project is designed to upskill nurses working at St Paul’s hospital and its referring health centres in clinical aspects of diabetes care, but also in referral practice, and implement changes in service delivery at all levels of care.

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Don Shenker

Commissioning Manager (Long Term Conditions), South East London ICB, UK

Don is currently a Commissioning Manager (Long Term Conditions) for South East London ICB, leading on diabetes and obesity. Previously, he led on diabetes transformation for the Health Innovation Network from 2017-2020.

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Shola Oladipo, Food for Purpose

Shola Oladipo

Registered Dietitian, CEO Food for Purpose, UK

Shola Oladipo is a registered dietitian and CEO of Food For Purpose (FFP) a non-profit organisation that delivers practical solutions for eating, living & functioning. With over 25 years of dietetic experience in NHS primary and secondary care, private health and the food industry.

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Dr Sufyan Hussain

Consultant Physician in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Sufyan Hussain is a London based clinician and academic currently working as a consultant Diabetes and Endocrine Physician in one of the UK’s leading diabetes services at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London.

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Dr Alistair Lumb

Consultant Diabetes/AGM, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Co-Chair of the Diabetes Technology, Network, UK

Dr Lumb is a Consultant in Diabetes and Acute General Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Dr Renuka Dias

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, UK

Renuka Dias is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist based in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She is the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Diabetes service and the National Highly Specialised Service for Wolfram Syndrome (Children) in Birmingham.

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Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Chief Executive, Caribbean & African Health Network, UK

Charles is Chief Executive of the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN). He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester, an honorary member of the esteemed Faculty of Public Health (FPH), and the Ecumenical Canon of Manchester Cathedral.

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Prof. Partha Kar

National Speciality Advisor-Diabetes, NHS England, UK

Professor Partha Kar is National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes with NHS England and co-author of the national Diabetes GIRFT report.

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Dr Faye Ruddock

Chair, Caribbean & African Health Network, UK

Faye is Chair of the Caribbean & African Health Network. The national Black led network is a thriving one that seeks to address health inequities and one that operates to influence policy and practice for the Black community.

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Meera Ladwa, Newham University Hospital

Dr Meera Ladwa

Clinical Lead for Type 1, Transition & Young Adult Diabetes, Newham University Hospital, UK

Meera Ladwa (MRCP, PhD) works as a specialty clinician for Barts NHS Trust and leads the Young Adult Diabetes service at Newham University Hospital, London, UK.

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Dr Hibbah Osei-Kwasi

Lecturer in Nutrition, Loughborough University, UK

Hibbah is a public health nutrition academic with specialist research interests in dietary behaviours and behaviour change interventions for people of African and Caribbean origin, with about 16 years of research experience working in Ghana, Kenya and with African and Caribbean communities in Europe.

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Prof. Louise Goff

Professor of Nutrition Science, University of Leicester, UK

Louise is an academic dietitian and Professor of Nutrition Science at Leicester Diabetes Research Centre. She specialises in the role of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, with a particular interest in tackling health inequalities among minority ethnic groups.

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Dr Alastair Duncan

Consultant Dietitian, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College, UK

Alastair is a UK registered dietitian combining clinical, teaching, leadership and research roles at King's College London and at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

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Hassan Taiwo Yahaya,Licensed Pharmacist and Senior Editor, Zikoko

Hassan Taiwo Yahaya

Licensed Pharmacist and Senior Editor, Zikoko, Nigeria

Hassan Taiwo Yahaya is a licensed pharmacist and editor. For the last three years, he has been creating health content for global publications such as Healthline and The Guardian Nigeria.

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Arvinder Kalsi, Director, Aratus Health Ltd

Arvinder Kalsi

Director, Aratus Health Ltd, Kenya

Arvinder K Kalsi, MPMI, MBA, is a Strategic and Business Development Consultant and Director of Aratus Health Ltd, which imports medical devices at subsidised costs.

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Dr Ahmed Reja, Past President of the Ethiopian Diabetes Association

Dr Ahmed Reja

Past President of the Ethiopian Diabetes Association, Ethiopia

Dr Ahmed Reja is a healthcare practitioner, specialising in endocrinology, from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Dr Reja was previously President of the Ethiopian Diabetes Association and Chair of the International Diabetes Federation, Africa Region. 

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Efa Mortty, Deputy Head of Medicines Management at NHS Haringey

Efa Mortty

Deputy Head of Medicines Management at NHS Haringey, UK

Efa Mortty is a Prescribing Adviser (pharmacist) who has worked for the NHS for 30 years. She started off working in district general hospitals where she completed a diploma in clinical pharmacy.

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Ellouise Simpson, Registered dietitian, NHS Foundation Trust

Ellouise Simpson

Registered dietitian, NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Ellouise is a passionate and dedicated registered dietitian, with many years of experience working in the NHS and private sector. She takes a holistic and realistic approach to help clients manage a wide range of health concerns such as weight management, family nutrition, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Nancy Kunyiha, Consultant Physician, Kenya Diabetes Study Group

Nancy Kunyiha

Consultant Physician, Kenya Diabetes Study Group, Kenya

Dr. Kunyiha is a Consultant Physician, Endocrinologist. FRCPE. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and holds post graduate training in Diabetes and Endocrinology from Cardiff and South wales, UK

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Dr Eva Njenga, Consultant Physician in Endocrinology & Diabetes Chair of the NCD Alliance of Kenya

Dr Eva Njenga

Consultant Physician in Endocrinology & Diabetes Chair of the NCD Alliance of Kenya, Chair Kenya Medical and Dentist Council, Kenya

Dr. Njenga is a consultant Physician/Endocrinologist and the Chairman of the Kenya Diabetes Management & Information Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Dr Peter Phiri, Research & Innovation at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Peter Phiri

Research & Innovation at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Peter Phiri, is a visiting academic within the Faculty of Medicine in the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, a post he has held since 2015. He is also a Research & Development Manager.

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Tai Ibitoye, Registered Dietitian and Doctoral Researcher in Food and Nutritional Sciences

Tai Ibitoye

Registered Dietitian and Doctoral Researcher in Food and Nutritional Sciences, UK

Tai Ibitoye is a Registered Dietitian based in London specialising in nutrition support for adults and women’s health. Tai is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition advice and information to help her clients make well- informed decisions when it comes to their diet and health.

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Silver Bahendeka, Senior Consultant Physician for Diabetes and Endocrinology

Silver Bahendeka

Senior Consultant Physician for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Uganda

Prof. Silver Bahendeka, FRCPI, PhD is a Senior Consultant Physician for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Doctors Plaza Clinic and St Francis Nsambya Hospital in Kampala Uganda.

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Dr Sisay S. Betizazu, Endocrinologist, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College

Dr Sisay S. Betizazu

Endocrinologist, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia

Dr Sisay S. Betizazu is an internist and endocrinologist at St Paul’s Hospital Millenium Medical College in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Academic and Research Vice-Provost.

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Michael Bracchi

Member of the Diabetes Africa Data Collection Chamber, UK

I have a passion for solving problems in healthcare using data and believe that the contribution from data analytics to this field is in its infancy.

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Dr Abbi Lulsegged

Consultant Physician, Endocrinology and Diabetology, UK

Dr Abbi Lulsegged is a consultant physician with a specialist interest in endocrinology and diabetes. He undertook his undergraduate training at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1994.

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Shola Adeyemi


Shola is co-founder of BOHEMIAN SMARTLYTICS LIMITED. In this role, he is responsible for all BSL’s product, service, and support offerings across the GLOBE, leading the company’s development of bespoke disruptive solutions and platforms.

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Fabian Collis

Specialist Podiatrist, Foot and Limb Group Ltd. Kenya

Fabian is a specialist in biomechanics, diabetic foot and wound management who has worked with the Diabetes Management and Information Centre in Kenya and the Ministry of Health on various diabetic foot projects.

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Dr Hakeem Adejumo

Founder, Nigeria Diabetes Online Community, Nigeria

Dr Olamide (Hakeem) Adejumo (MBBS) is a general practitioner and one of Africa’s original voices on the prevention and care of diabetes with other related non-communicable diseases on social media.

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Betty Okere, Excise Healthcare

Betty Okere

Registered clinical nutritionist, Excise Healthcare, Kenya

Beatrice (Betty) Okere is a registered clinical nutritionist and a diabetes educator with over 10 years experience in Public health, Nutrition, and Advocacy.

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Tshidi Mbonani

Podiatrist, South Africa

Malehlohonolo Tshidi Mbonani is a qualified podiatrist with a B-tech degree from the University of Johannesburg. She has extensive experience in general podiatric care, management of diabetic foot complications and wound care.

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Nadia Dembskey

Chairperson, Podiatry Association of South Africa

Nadia runs a private podiatry practice near Johannesburg, South Africa<br /> since 2012. She obtained both her B. Tech. Podiatry (2011) and M. Tech.<br /> Podiatry degrees (2019) at the University of Johannesburg. She has an<br /> interest in trauma, surgery, wound healing and diabetology.

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Dr Toseef Din

CEO of MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Toseef Din is the CEO of MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She is an accomplished management professional with extensive experience of over 16 years, 9 years of which are in healthcare management at the MP Shah Hospital.

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Dr Afokoghene Isiavwe

Medical Director, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Nigeria

Dr Afokoghene Isiavwe is an Endocrinologist & Diabetologist, with over 26 years’ experience in the medical field. She is the founding partner of Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre Lagos, a multi-specialty private hospital and a referral centre for diabetes and endocrinology.

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Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE

Consultant Urological Surgeon, St Bartholomew's Hospital, UK

Professor Francis Chinegwundoh MBE has received expert training in London and the West Midlands, as well as international training from the USA. He has a breadth of knowledge in urology, allowing him to treat emergency and elective urology patients.

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Dr Felicia Anumah

Consultant Physician Endocrinologist, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria

Dr. Felicia Anumah graduated with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) College of Medicine from University of Sokoto, Sokoto and a Fellow of the Medical College in Physicians Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College in Internal Medicine (Endocrinology Subspecialty) FMCP, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

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Andrew Xia

Founder of AIX Consultancy, UK

Andrew has over 15 years experience across industry and consulting roles including general management, business development, pricing, market access, health economics, pre-clinical research, clinical development, computer programming, real-world evidence and value communication.

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Charles Odiase

Consultant Pharmacist, Chair of the Diabetes UK Primary Care Course, UK

Charles is a member of the Herts Valley clinical commissioning group diabetes clinical forum. He is a Life and Medical Sciences visiting lecturer at Hertfordshire University and provides primary care practice based experience training to the school of pharmacy undergraduate students.

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Dr Ronald Kelechi Ikpe

General Practitioner and Healthcare Entrepreneur, MRI Medic and MRI Media, UK

Dr. Ronald Kelechi Ikpe (Dr. Ron) is a physician and an entrepreneurial healthcare professional with broad range expertise gained from research, clinical services, communications, event management, and health marketing.

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Olufemi Fasanmade

President, Endocrine and Metabolism Society of Nigeria, Nigeria

Olufemi Fasanmade is a Professor in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is also the Unit Head of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism division at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and recently completed a 4-year tenure as the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of LUTH.

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Adamma Okwu

Diabetes Specialist Nurse, NHS Ealing, UK

Adamma Okwu is a diabetes specialist nurse and an independent nurse prescriber who works with Diabetes Integrated Care Ealing. Adamma worked with the Hillingdon Diabetes team before moving over to Ealing in 2014.

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Dr Moji Akinsola

Consultant physician specialising in diabetes and endocrinology, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Moji Akinsola is a consultant physician, specialising in diabetes and endocrinology since 2002 and was the clinical lead for diabetes in pregnancy at Wexham Park Hospital, Berkshire between 2004 and 2016.

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Simiso Ntuli

Head of Podiatry Department, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Simiso Ntuli heads the only Podiatry Department in Africa, at the University of Johannesburg, and practices podiatry part-time. 

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Dr Olubiyi Adesina

Consultant Diabetologist and Endocrinologist, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Dr Olubiyi Adesina is an endocrinologist, a former columnist at the Sunday Sun newspaper and the Chairman of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (Ogun State Chapter).

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Dr Glennis Williams

GP, Chiswick Primary Care Network, UK

Dr Williams is a GP with specialist interest in Medical Education, Research, Minor Surgery, Family planning and Diabetes for over 20 years. She has been involved in the delivery of Diabetes care at Primary, Secondary and Community teams in the London Borough of Hounslow.

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Dr Michael Olamoyegun

Endocrinologist, Lautech Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Michael A. Olamoyegun is a Physician, Endocrinologist, Epidemiologist & Pharmacologist who is currently a university lecturer and a consultant physician/endocrinologist & diabetologist where he is currently the head, Department of Medicine at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) & LAUTECH Teaching Hospital (LTH) both in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.

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David Cavan

Consultant Endocrinologist, Educator and Author, Poole Hospital, UK

Dr David Cavan MD, FRCP is a Consultant Endocrinologist who worked for many years at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine centre, one of the leading diabetes centres in the UK.

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Ruth Jordan

Lead for Spread and Scale, Dragon's Heart Institute, UK

Ruth is a quality improvement specialist with over 20 years of experience in the South Wales health system. She started her career as a physiotherapist, but has since transitioned to managing major improvement and transformation programmes across a wide range of service areas.

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Michael Brown, Head of Education and Media and Publishing, CDE

Michael Brown

Head of Education and Media and Publishing, CDE, South Africa

Michael has worked at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) in South Africa since 1996. As Head of Education and Media and Publishing, Michael has developed, managed and facilitated the delivery of many diabetes courses to health professionals and people with diabetes and participated in the clinical aspects of the administration of over 200 CDE Centres of Diabetes Excellence nationally.

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Dr Natalie Darko

Associate Professor of Health Inequalities, Leicester National Institute of Health Research, UK

Dr Natalie Darko is an Associate Professor at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University. Natalie is an experienced academic and researcher and has been working in higher education for over 15 years, leading on national and international research exploring health, ethnicity, race, equity and inequality.

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Modupe Peters, Food for Purpose

Modupe Peters

Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Lead, Food for Purpose, UK

Modupe Peters is a registered dietitian with over 20 years working in the NHS. She is a Diabetes expert with vast experience working in hospitals and in the community with BAME populations, especially Black African - Caribbeans.

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Dr Chris Manu

Consultant Diabetologist and General Medicine, King’s College Hospital NHS Trust Foundation, UK

Chris has been a Consultant Diabetologist at King’s since 2016. But even while undertaking his specialist training, he has been involved in several service improvement projects within the South East London (SEL) area, as well as setting up new foot care pathways.

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Dr Thomas Barber

Associate Clinical Professor in Endocrinology and Diabetes, University of Warwick, UK

Dr. Barber is an Associate Professor and Consultant Endocrinologist at the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).

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Dr Jenny Teke

Head of Research & Innovation, , Medway NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Jennifer Teke, is Head of Research and Innovation in Medway Foundation Trust with over twenty years career in health care nationally and internationally.

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Prof. Jason Gill, University of Glasgow

Prof. Jason Gill

School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health, University of Glasgow, UK

Jason Gill is Professor of Cardiometabolic Health in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He leads an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of lifestyle on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases.

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Gideon Mlawa, Queens Hospital Romford

Prof. Gideon Mlawa

Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Queens Hospital Romford, UK

Prof. Gideon Mlawa MD MRCPUK, SCE graduated in Trakia University Bulgaria. He further specialised in Endocrinology & Diabetes/General Internal Medicine in UK with both the Wessex and London Deaneries.

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Grace Vanterpool

Consultant Nurse in Diabetes, Diabetes Integrated Care Ealing, UK

Grace Vanterpool has been a nurse for over 45 years, and has worked as a Consultant Nurse in Diabetes for over 18 years. With experience practicing in both primary community and secondary healthcare settings, and lecturing on diabetes in universities.

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Joan St John

Dr Joan St John

GPwER Diabetes, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, UK

Dr Joan St John is a General Practitioner (GP) with special interest in diabetes, and is currently working as GP Clinical lead in Diabetes for an area of North-West London, UK. She also works as part of the multi-disciplinary award-winning Brent Integrated Diabetes Service. Summary

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Douglas Twenefour

Specialist Dietitian, Head of Care, Diabetes UK,

Douglas Twenefour is a Specialist Dietitian with over 15 years of clinical experience. He is Head of Care at Diabetes UK, and an Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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Dr Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi

Lead Nurse for Research, Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

Roxanne is a postdoctoral ophthalmic nurse researcher, lead nurse for research at Moorfields Eye Hospital, an honorary Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and an NIHR/HEE Clinical Lecturer.

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