North West Diabetes Group Meeting, Friday 3rd July 2009

Dear All,

I am writing to invite you to this meeting on Friday 3rd July 2009 in private facilities at the Worsley Novotel Hotel, Manchester commencing at 3.00pm

Here is a brief outline of the programme( schedule may change slightly)

3.00pm Registration and Refreshments
3.30pm Dr Kennedy Cruickshank: Critique of current treatments for Type 2 Diabetes
4.00pm Dr Bish Mishra – PCOS and Diabetes (TBC)
4.30pm Dr Deepak Bhatnagar: New Ideas, New treatments and Consensus in managing  diabetes in pregnancy
5.00pm Tea Break
5.15pm TBC – Interactive Case presentation: The curious of the women whose diabetes disappeared after 20 years of treatment.
5.45pm Dr Martin Gibson: How to use the new NHS R&D system to start a new research project or facilitate your existing research.
6.15pm TBC, Interactive case presentation: Having a high on Insulin!
6.45pm Dinner

I hope you may be able to join us for what promises to be a most interesting and informative meeting. This invitation can only be extended to members of the medical and allied professions.

To assist me with the necessary catering arrangements, would you please contact Craig White on 07920 567439 Medical Representative GSK to register your interest.

As places are limited, allocations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Ed Jude
Co-ordinator North West Diabetes Group
Meeting Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Samuel Leonard Simpson Fellowships in Endocrinology

The Royal College of Physicians is inviting applications for the Samuel Leonard Simpson Fellowships in Endocrinology. These were established in honour of Dr Samuel Leonard Simpson, a pioneer of British endocrinology. Their purpose is to enable endocrinologists to learn new techniques and acquire new experiences, ideas and stimulation through travel and the exchange of ideas.

Applications are considered from suitably qualified people in the UK wishing to make visits abroad, or from those abroad wishing to visit the UK. Up to £10,000 is available, which may be awarded to one or more candidates.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2009.

Please follow the link to download application form.

Do we need to routinely monitor BMD in patients on bisphosphonate therapy?

Is it helpful to routinely monitor bone mineral density in patients who are being activley treated with bisphosphonates? If so, do we need to check both hip and spine BMD or would either of the two be suficient on its own? The National Osteoporosis guideline has no recommendations on this yet but this study provides useful evidence to guide future practice.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jun23_2/b2266

Isolated Hypogonadotrophic Hypogonadism (IHH) due to GNRH1 gene mutation

This interesting article discusses a newly described homozygous mutation of GNRH 1 as a cause of non-syndromic normosmic IHH in two members of a family from a non-consanginous marriage. GNRH receptor gene mutations have previously been described as a cause of familial and sporadic IHH, but these two cases are the first GNRH1 gene mutations described in humans. The article also summarizes the genetic defects encountered in anosmic IHH. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0900136

NW Diabetes/Endocrinology SpR Teaching Day: 23-Jun-2009

Northwest Diabetes/Endocrinology SpR Teaching Day
Main Auditorium, Education Centre, Christies Hospital
Tuesday 23rd June 2009
PCOS, Endocrine disorders in Pregnancy and Sub-clinical Thyroid Disorders
Morning Session
0900 Registration, Tea and Coffee

0930-1020 An update on the Management of PCOS
Dr Mishra, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Oldham General Hospital
10:20-11:00 A laboratory prospective on the investigations of PCOS and hyperandrogenism
Dr Michael France, Consultant in Chemical Pathology, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

1100-1115 Tea/Coffee

1115-1205 Fertility in patients with PCOS, investigations a treatment
Dr Luciano Nardo, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust
1205-1235 PCOS and cardiovascular risk
Dr Sofia Salahudeen, SpR Diabetes and Endocrinology, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

1235-1315 Lunch by courtesy of Bristol Myers Squibb

Afternoon session
1315-1405 Management of endocrine disorders in pregnancy
Dr Basil Issa, Consultant Endocrinologist, South Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust
1405-1430 Journal Club
Higher maternal TSH levels in pregnancy are associated with increased risk for miscarriage, fetal or neonatal death. Eur J Endocrinol. 2009 Mar 9
Dr Kelly Cheer, ST3 Tameside Hospital
1430-1520 Subclinical Hypo- and Hyperthyroidism; A review of evidence and Management
Prof Georg Brabant, Professor in Endocronology, Christie Hospital.

1520-1540 Tea/Coffee break

1540-1700 Endocrine Case Presentation and discussion
Dr Stephen McGlynn
Dr Sanjaya Dissanayake
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