Ignacio Díez López, MD, M.Agr, PhD
Clinical and Research Pediatric Endocrinologist
Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain
Dr. Ignacio Díez attended medical school in Valladolid, Spain, where he obtained the Medicine Award for the best academic record. He trained in pediatrics at the School of Pediatrics at University of Valladolid (Clinic University Hospital) and completed his doctorate degree (cum laude) in pediatric research during residency.
Dr. Díez went on to complete a fellowship in endocrinology at UA–Barcelona Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. He also completed a master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of Barcelona.
The youngest physician to sit on the Basque Country Paediatric Association’s board of directors, Dr. Díez continues to be actively involved in various core committees of the Basque Country Government, Endocrinology Paediatric Spanish Association. He also holds specialist certifications in childhood puberty, development and growth, and diabetes.
Actively involved in clinical research, Dr. Díez is a primary investigator for a number of Phase III and IV clinical trials, some relevant in pediatrics, such as the use of LPG-1 or new insulins on technologies for children with diabetes.
Dr. Díez is a recognized educator and has given over 50 continuing medical education talks to audiences comprising of endocrinologists, family physicians, residents, pharmacists and diabetes educators in Spain and abroad. He is a clinical preceptor for residents of the University of Basque Country—Medicine Program as well as the Basque Country University as a pediatric professor.
When not working, Dr. Díez enjoys traveling and indulging in creative pursuits, including photography, music and cars.
Hemant Makan, MD, MBBCh (Wits University), FCFP (South Africa), MSc Diabetes (University of Cardiff)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Dr. Hemant Makan is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He furthered his medical degree with a Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. In 2010, he completed his postgraduate diploma in diabetes and subsequently completed a master’s degree in diabetes. He obtained both qualifications with distinction through the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Makan’s clinical practice was awarded the Best Centre for Diabetes in 2005. He is an active clinical researcher and has completed numerous Phase II and III international multicenter clinical trials in diabetes, both as principal investigator and as national principal investigator. His special interest is the improvement of diabetes self-management.
From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Makan served as an honorary lecturer at University of Leicester’s (United Kingdom) postgraduate diabetes program of international students through distance education. He is a preceptor for undergraduate students from the Universities in Johannesburg. Locally, his involvement in lectures and workshops facilitates training of fellow health care providers.
Dr. Makan is a member of Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa and has served on advisory boards for many pharmaceutical companies and organizations. His passion remains the pursuit of excellence in diabetes care.
Munachiso Nwokolo MBBS, BSc (Human Genetics), MRCP (UK)
Clinical Research Fellow King’s College Hospital
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Munachiso (Muna) Nwokolo graduated from the University College London in 2008 with an MBBS and a bachelor of science in human genetics. As a medical trainee, she developed an interest in education and quality improvement projects and was shortlisted for the London Deanery Trainee Innovation in Education Award in 2010.
As chair of the Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists Forum (YDEF) 2016–2017, Dr. Nwokolo led a board of registrars committed to enhancing the specialist trainee experience by improving education, communication and advocacy. Over the years, YDEF has initiated and collaborated on over 15 courses, encouraging education and networking among hundreds of trainees in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Nwokolo has had the privilege of sitting on the British Medical Association specialty working group, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists committee, Specialist Advisory Committee in Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Endocrinology Diabetes UK Council of Healthcare Professionals.
Currently, Dr. Nwokolo is working at King’s College Hospital, London, investigating brain responses to hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes and impaired awareness of hypoglycemia—a study that forms the basis of her PhD. The research group aims to provide evidence that will reshape the therapeutic options for these patients.
Dr. Nwokolo has received the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists trainee award for her work and has presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Diabetes UK (the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by diabetes), and the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes conference.
In her spare time, Dr. Nwokolo enjoys exploring design and architecture, playing netball and relaxing with friends.
Roseanne Yeung, MD, FRCPC, MPH
Clinical Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Roseanne (Rose) Yeung is a clinical endocrinologist and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, Canada. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta, followed by her Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Yeung spent 2 years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a clinical investigator fellow examining models of diabetes care delivery and the epidemiology of Asian diabetes with Professor Juliana Chan, while also completing her master of public health at Harvard University with a focus on quality improvement and clinical effectiveness.
Since returning to Canada, Dr. Yeung has joined the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes and is collaborating with Dr. Padma Kaul to examine the effects of ethnicity on gestational diabetes, which was recognized by the American Diabetes Association with the Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award in 2015.
Dr. Yeung is pursuing patient-oriented research with focus on patient-reported outcomes. She is also coinvestigator of several Phase II and III clinical trials carried out at the Alberta Diabetes Institute. She is interested in registry development and the meaningful use of electronic medical record data for quality improvement.
Dr. Yeung is passionate about patient education and empowerment, cofounding the Edmonton Zone Diabetes Resources Review Committee. She values broad community engagement and is an executive liaison for the Edmonton Area Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and chair of the Type 1 Diabetes Think Tank Network Conversation Guide Working Group.