Faculty


Professor Jason Gill

Professor of Cardiometabolic Health, University of Glasgow

Professor Jason Gill leads an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of exercise and diet on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases from the molecular to the whole-body level. His major research interests include the interactions between physical activity, energy balance, adiposity and disease risk, the mechanisms by which exercise regulates lipoprotein metabolism, why certain population groups (particularly South Asians) appear to be particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of a `Westernised' lifestyle and how lifestyle interventions can modulate this excess risk. He is a past Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Division of Physical Activity for Health and a member of the development groups for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and for prevention of cardiovascular disease. He is the Director of the MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine, and also play an active role in communicating the science of physical activity, diet, obesity and cardio-metabolic risk to the widest possible audience including a number of appearances on TV documentaries and organization of Understanding of Science events for the general public.

Kamlesh Khunti, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCGP, FMedSci

Professor at Diabetes Research Centre College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester & Co-director Leicester Diabetes Centre Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, UK

Kamlesh Khunti is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK. He is Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre and leads a research group that is currently working on the early identification of, and interventions with, people who have cardiometabolic disease or are at increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases. His work has influenced national and international guidelines on the screening and management of people with diabetes. He has led a programme of work during the Covid-19 pandemic and is a member of UK Governments Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Chair of the SAGE Ethnicity Sub-panel. Professor Khunti is also the Director of the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands, Director of Centre for Ethnic Health Research and Director of The Real World Evidence Unit. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Principal Investigator on several major national and international studies. Professor Khunti is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is currently an advisor to the Department of Health, Member of the International KDIGO on diabetes & CKD and Clinical Advisor for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Steering Board Member of the Primary Care Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. He is the National NIHR ARC Theme Lead for Multi-morbidity and National Lead NIHR ARC lead for Ethnicity and Diversity. He is Chair of the American Diabetes Association Therapeutic Inertia Initiative and Chair of National Diabetes Audit Research Group.

Professor Dianna Magliano OAM

Head, Diabetes and Population Health Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Co-ordinator of Master of Public Health, Monash University Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Dianna Magliano has a BAppSci (Hons), PhD, and a Master of Public Health. At the Baker Institute, she heads the Diabetes and Population Health Unit, a group focusing on the epidemiology of diabetes and obesity. She also holds an appointment at Monash University where she coordinates the Master of Public Health. Professor Magliano has over 15 years’ experience in epidemiology, the majority of these in diabetes research. Dianna is interested in the use of large data sets to advance understanding of diabetes trends to inform investment in health resources and enhance diabetes care. Her recent work involves using large datasets such as the National Diabetes Service Scheme, the (Australian Diabetes registry) linked to other administrative datasets to understand the burden and trends of diabetes complications. This was the largest linked project conducted in Australia and took over 18 months to traverse the ethical and legal barriers. She continues to develop large scale, national linked data projects which are key to informing clinical care in diabetes. As an epidemiologist she is also interested in understanding the global trends of diabetes incidence and is currently leading over 24 international collaborators and the Centre of Disease Control, USA to explore diabetes trends in diabetes incidence and mortality across the globe. Dianna has authored over 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several book chapters. Her work in diabetes on the international stage has led her to hold the presidency of the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group in 2015–2017, an editor role at Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice and she is currently Co-chairing the 10th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas for the International Diabetes Federation.

Matilde Monteiro-Soares, DPM, MSc, PhD

Research integrated member, Center for Health Technology and Services Research, and an instructor at the Oporto University Faculty of Medicine, Oporto, Portugal.

Matilde Monteiro-Soares is a podiatrist from the North of Portugal. She has dedicated her professional and academic experience mainly to diabetic foot prevention, diagnostic and treatment. She has gathered clinical experience in a high risk setting Diabetic Foot Clinic with a multidisciplinary team and started to investigate, develop and improve the classification of subjects with diabetes by their risk of foot complications. Her MSc and PhD degrees focused on Clinical and Health Services Research and diabetic foot complications’ prediction and prevention. Since 2011, she collaborates with the MEDCIDS department, in Oporto University, lecturing in pre- and post-graduate courses mainly about evidence-based healthcare, diagnostic and prognostic studies, evidence synthesis and health technology assessment. Since 2019, she is an Invited Assistant teacher there. She is a Research integrated member at Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), Oporto Faculty of Medicine. She belongs to the EvidenS&HTA Research Group, Thematic Line 3 – Health Data and Decision Sciences & Information Technologies.

Professor David Owens CBE MD FRCP, Emeritus

Professor of Diabetes at Cardiff University, and Professor of Diabetes Swansea University’s College of Medicine.

Professor Owens CBE MD FRCP, Emeritus Professor of Diabetes at Cardiff University, and Professor of Diabetes Swansea University’s College of Medicine. Professor Owens has been involved in the management of diabetes and related research activities for more than 35years. His early work regarding insulin was published in a single author book titled ‘Human Insulin, Clinical Pharmacology’ published in 1986. Since his primary interests include the pathophysiology of glucose intolerance ie the Natural history of type 2 diabetes. He also has a keen interest in all micro-vascular complications of diabetes especially diabetic retinopathy, and introduced the first community wide National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service for Wales in 2002. He is involved in introducing Retinopathy Screening services in a number of countries and collaborations to automate and enhance eye fundus images with colleagues at iPRN, Lyon. He is also interested in diabetic foot care and has been involved in setting up a course and teaching on the subject. Professor Owens is a member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and also a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He was one of the originators of the ‘on-line’ Cardiff Postgraduate Diabetes Course. and then became involved with the Leicester University and University of South Wales postgraduate courses in diabetes. He has published about 450 articles and in 2002 Professor Owens was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his services to diabetes and the National Health Service.

Rodica Pop-Busui MD, PhD

Larry D. Soderquist Professor in Diabetes, Professor of Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine

Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, is the Larry D. Soderquist Professor of Diabetes, a prominent diabetologist at Michigan Medicine and a recognized leader in the field of diabetes and diabetes complications. She is the Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Director of Clinical Research, Mentoring and Development of the M-Diabetes at the University of Michigan. Her research interests involve the chronic complications of diabetes, diabetic peripheral and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, nephropathy and cardiovascular disease, and novel technologies for treating type 1 diabetes. Dr. Pop-Busui has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, she is/has been PI on many landmark diabetes trials, and is one of the principal investigators in the recently established NIDDK Diabetes Foot Consortium. She received awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the University of Michigan. Dr Pop-Busui has been an elected member of the Clinical Practice Committee of the ADA, chair of the ADA Scientific Research Review Clinical, the chair of the Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease Interest Group, and she is the 2022 ADA President Elect for Medicine and Science .

Professor Mark Cooper AO, MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Head of Department of Diabetes Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Mark Cooper is the inaugural Head of the Department of Diabetes, Central Clinical School, Monash University. He was previously the Chief Scientific Officer of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute as well as the Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Centre(JDRF) for Diabetes Complications. He is a trained endocrinologist with an appointment at the co-located Alfred Hospital. Dr Cooper studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and then completed his physicians training at the Austin Hospital as well as his PhD under Dr George Jerums and Professor Austin Doyle in the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Hospital. In 1999, Dr Cooper was awarded the Eric Susman prize from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for his research in the field of renal and vascular complications of diabetes. In 2005, he was awarded the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) Kellion Award for outstanding contribution to diabetes research in Australia. In 1999, he was awarded a Centre Grant from JDRF which was subsequently renewed in 2003. He is a previous recipient of a scholars award from the JDRF. This work was further supported by a 5 year Australia Fellowship awarded by NHMRC in 2009. Dr Cooper is currently Co-Chair of the JDRF Medical Science Review Committee (Complications Panel). He is regularly invited to international meetings and has over 500 peer reviewed publications. Dr Cooper was the 2016 recipient of the Claude Bernard Award from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and in 2017 the Edwin Bierman Award from the American Diabetes Association. He received an Order of Australia (Officer) in 2017.

Dr. Kaushik Pandit

MD, DNB, DM (Endo), FACE, FRCP(Edin), FICP

Dr Kaushik Pandit completed the DM in endocrinology from institute of post graduate medical education and research, Kolkata in the year 2001 with the top rank. And since then working as research scientist in the Dept. of Endocrinology and also serving as a consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist in two of the prestigious hospitals of the city, namely Belle Vue clinic and Fortis hospital. He was awarded the best reviewer from Indian journal of endocrinology and metabolism in December 2012. He was awarded the prestigious fellowship of the American College of Endocrinology in March 2012. He was awarded the prestigious Albert Renold fellowship from the EASD in 2005 (the first Indian physician to receive so). He has published over 60 National & International publications. He was adjudged as Inspiring Physicians by Times of India on Doctors’ Day 2020.

Dr. Shehla Shaikh, MD (General Medicine), DM (Endocrinology)

Consulting Endocrinologist, Mumbai

Dr. Shehla Shaikh is a well-known Endocrinologist, with a thriving experience of more than 15 years. She is a consulting endocrinologist attached to reputed Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Wockhardt Hospitals and Prince Aly Khan Hospital. Her clinical paper presentations have won her many accolades. She has been the Principal investigator to national and international clinical trials and this has strengthened her research experience. With a view to highlight adolescent obesity, Dr. Shehla Shaikh has not only held workshops for all local school children in Mazgaon area but along with her team she has gone a step further and organized health checkups for all school children across Mumbai. She has been managing Diabetes Screening Camps throughout Mumbai. On a monthly basis, she conducts diabetes education programme for patients and holds lectures for all family physicians based in Mumbai city. Her expertise lies in the treatment of Cushing Syndrome, Gestational Diabetes, Gigantism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Acromegaly, and Hyperprolactinemia.

Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar, MD, DM – Endocrinology

Consultant Endocrinologist, Srinagar

Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar is currently consultant endocrinologist at Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care in Srinagar. He is also a member of High-Powered Committee on Health & Medical Education, Government of India.( Vision 2035 ). Formerly, he was Director at Sheri-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Kashmir where he had also been chairman in Dept. of Endocrinology. He has served as a Member of Institute Body AIIMS, New Delhi and Medical Council of India (Govt. Of India Nominee) in past. He has also served as president of Endocrine Society of India. He was the Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Endocrinology. He has won several awards in his illustrious career. He was Economic Times Awardee, 2021. He has more than 200 in National and International Journals to his credit. He has been prolific speakers in various national and international scientific forums.

Dr. Usha Sriram, MBBS, A.B (American Board)- Fellowship Endocrinology/Metabolism

Consultant Endocrinologist, Chennai

Dr Usha’s education in medicine began in the prestigious Madras Medical College where she excelled in academics garnering gold medals and certificates of honour. She continued her training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism in outstanding training programs in the US and obtained her American Board certification in both Internal Medicine and her specialty Endocrinology- Diabetes- Metabolism. She also completed her graduate training in Medical ethics, a lifelong passion of hers. She received the Otto Schwartz teacher of the year award in the first year she began her career. She returned to Chennai, India with her young family and began a career that has been nothing short of brilliant and meaningful. She has been an invited speaker in hundreds of conferences and has been active in capacity building of physicians and in community education programs. In 2001, Dr Usha began her research activities and has been the principal investigator for numerous trials on osteoporosis, diabetes, paediatric endocrinology in addition to her own initiatives on gestational diabetes, osteoporosis, childhood obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr Usha has been the president of the Indian Society for bone and mineral research [ISBMR]. Women’s reproductive health has been an area of expertise and interest of hers since she began her fellowship in endocrinology. Her belief that women’s life course has great impact on all aspects of their health [mental, physical] has been a guiding principle in her approach to women’s health issues. She started at the Kalyani medical centre [ the oldest and most revered institution for all things related to women’s health]. The Centre has shaped her thinking and helped her to focus on critical issues like gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause and non-communicable diseases in women. The Indian menopause society established the Chennai chapter with Dr Sriram playing a key role.

Naveed Sattar, FMedSci, FRCPath, FRCPGlas, FRSE

Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Glasgow

Naveed Sattar is an academic(active clinically) experienced in studies /trials investigating the causes, treatments and links between diabetes, obesity and heart disease. He has published over 1000 papers and has received several national and international prizes (e.g., the 2020 Camillo Golgi Lecture at EASD), and has been amongst the most highly cited academics in the world according to Web of Science, since 2014. He has been on several guideline committees and lifestyle and cardiovascular outcome trials in diabetes and cardiovascular disease (including recent SGLT2i and GLP-1RA trials). He is an Associate Editor for Circulation.

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