The North West of England Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity Newsletter

Screening for GDM after bariatric surgery

Posted by Guest Author on 9 February, 2017

Pregnancy after bariatric surgery: screening for gestational diabetes

Adam Safwaan, Ammori Basil, Soran HandreanSyed Akheel A. Pregnancy after bariatric surgery: screening for gestational diabetes

Safer alternatives are needed to traditional oral glucose tolerance test


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SCE D&E Revision Weekend: 25-26 Feb 2017

Posted by Guest Author on 23 January, 2017

Specialty Certificate Examination in Diabetes & Endocrinology Revision Weekend

Dates: 25-26 February 2017

Venue: Hilton Manchester Airport Hotel, Hale Barns, Manchester


Day 1: 25th February 2017
08:30 – 08:55 Coffee and registration
08:55 – 09:00 Introduction Dr M Banerjee
09:00 – 10:00 Session D1 Diabetes – General: Professor S Rajbhandari
10:00 – 11:00 Session E1 Pituitary, MEN & miscellaneous endocrinopathies: Dr D Cuthbertson
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee  
11:15 – 12:15 Session E2 Adrenal disorders & Pregnancy with Endocrine disorders: Dr B Issa
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 – 14:00 Session M1 Calcium & bone metabolism: Dr A Basu
14:00 – 15:00 Session E3 Paediatric & Transitional Endocrinology: Dr Helena Gleeson
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee  
15:15 – 16:15 Session E4 Thyroid cancers and nodules: Dr A Mukherjee
16:15 – 17:15 Session E5 Thyroid disorders (except thyroid cancers): Dr C Higham
17:15 – 18:15 Session E6 Pituitary disorders: Dr C Higham
18:15 – 18:30 Close
Day 2: 26th February 2016
08:00 – 08:15 Coffee and registration
08:15 – 09:15 Session E7 Reproductive endocrinology: Dr J T Krishnamurthy
09:15 – 10:15 Session D2 Diabetes – complications: Dr N Younis
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee  
10:30 – 11:30 Session D3 Diabetes – special circumstances: Dr M Banerjee
11:30 – 12:30 Session M2 Electrolyte disorders: Dr P Praveen
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch  
13:15 – 14:15 Session M3 Lipid metabolism & cardiovascular risk: Dr H Bharaj
14:15 – 15:15 Session M4 Obesity: Dr A Syed
15:15 – 16:45 Session T1 Mock exam (90 minutes – 60 questions)
16:45 – 17:30 Session T2 Coffee + Discussion of Mock exam questions: Dr M Banerjee
17:30 Close Feedback and Conclusion

Organiser: Dr. Moulinath Banerjee, Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust | Email

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Overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer

Posted by Akheel Syed on 21 January, 2017

BMJ 2016;355:i631

The increasing incidence (of thyroid cancer) is most likely due to overdiagnosis—the detection of subclinical cancers never destined to cause harm



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Manchester University Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Course: 24-25 Mar 2017

Posted by Louise Hunter on 29 November, 2016

Dates: 24th  and 25th  March 2017

Venue: Seminar Room A, 5th Floor, St Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, M13 9WL


Dr Handrean Soran, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Dr Naveed Younis, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust

Co-Organiser: Dr. Moayed Alhelfi (ST7 Diabetes &Endo/NMGH)

This is a two day intensive Endocrine and Diabetes SCE exam course delivered by expert consultants specialised in the field they cover. 14 sessions aiming at covering the curriculum. More than 400 new questions will be discussed. Mock exam will be on day 2 of the course.

Who should attend?

1-    SpRs in Diabetes and Endocrinology,

2-    CMTs who plan a career in this speciality,

3-    Chemical pathology and metabolic medicine trainees,

4-    Any other trainee or HCP who is planning to take the SCE exam or to improve his/her knowledge in diabetes and endocrinology.

5-    Primary care physicians/trainees and overseas doctors are welcome.


To reserve your place:

1-   Fill in the registration form then email it to diabendosce2017@gmail.com

2-    Payment £75.00: by cheque (for details see the registration form). The registration fee covers catering but does not cover accommodation or travel. Delegates should arrange their own accommodation and travel.

For any enquires, please contact Dr.Mo Alhelfi (diabendosce2017@gmail.com)

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Vitamin D deficiency – clarity at last or further clouding?

Posted by Akheel Syed on 13 November, 2016

Vitamin D Deficiency — Is There Really a Pandemic? N Engl J Med 2016; 375:1817-1820| DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1608005


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Semaglutide and CV Outcomes

Posted by Akheel Syed on 12 November, 2016

Semaglutide and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. N Engl J Med 2016; 375:1834-1844

In patients with type 2 diabetes who were at high cardiovascular risk, the rate of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or nonfatal stroke was significantly lower among patients receiving semaglutide than among those receiving placebo, an outcome that confirmed the noninferiority of semaglutide.


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SfE Visiting Professor – Prof Martin Reincke, Wednesday 2 November.

Posted by Safwaan Adam on 27 October, 2016

Please find details for Prof Martin Reincke’s visit to Manchester next week during which he will give a lecture followed by an afternoon of clinical cases/topics. It is at the AV Hill Building at the University of Manchester which can be accessed if your car is parked at the Grafton St. Car Park based at Manchester Royal Infirmary (AV Hill is the building with the DNA picture stuck on it when viewed from Upper Brook St.).


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Testosterone in the spotlight

Posted by Akheel Syed on 16 October, 2016

A couple of recent articles in The BMJ that cast the spotlight on prescribed and illicit use of testosterone

Testosterone supplementation for “low T” is not supported by evidence, review concludes

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5166 (Published 22 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5166

Anabolic steroid use

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5023 (Published 13 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5023

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SfE/NWES Regional Clinical Cases Day – 1st Dec 2016

Posted by Louise Hunter on 17 August, 2016

Save the date!

On Thursday 1st December 2016, we will be hosting a Regional Clinical Cases Day, kindly supported by the Society for Endocrinology.

This will be held at the Postgraduate Education Centre on the Manchester Royal Infirmary site.

We anticipate the programme running as follows. Please note that this is a draft schedule, but the day will start at 0900 and end at 1700:

0900: Registration & Coffee

0930: Oral Case Presentations

1130: Coffee & Poster Viewing

1200: Plenary 1 (talk followed by discussion)

1300: Lunch & Poster Viewing

1400: Plenary 2 (talk followed by discussion)

1500: Oral Case Presentations

1600: Quiz & Prizes

1700: Close

Please see the Eventbrite page for further information, including registration and contact details.

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NWES Meeting: 17 June 2016

Posted by Guest Author on 13 June, 2016

announces its next meeting
FRIDAY 17th June 2016
VENUE: Mayo Building, Salford Royal Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford








  PITUITARY SYMPOSIUM CHAIR: Professor Steve Ball, Manchester Royal Infirmary
13.30-14.00 Recent advances in pituitary pathology Professor Federico Roncaroli, University of Manchester
14.00-14.20 Management of fertility issues in pituitary patients Dr  Cheryl Fitzgerald, St Marys Hospital, Manchester
14.20-14.40 Transitional care in patients with pituitary disease Dr Helena Gleeson, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  EXPERT GUIDE TO………… CHAIR: Dr Dan Cuthbertson
14.45-15.05 Congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism  Dr Richard Quinton, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
15.05-15.25 Thyroid eye disease  Dr Anne Cook, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
15.25-15.45 Weight management  Dr Lucinda Summers, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
15.45-16.05 COFFEE BREAK
16.05-17.05 Clinical Case Presentations Panel: Professor Steve Ball, Dr Richard Quinton
17.05 Close of meeting

Approved by Federation of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) for 5 Category 1 (external) CPD credits

Sponsors for meeting: Menarini; Pfizer; Strongbridge Biopharma

Registration fee

  • NWES members – FREE
  • Annual membership of the NWES £10 per annum
  • Delegates can join the NWES on the day by completing a standing order mandate (please bring along bank details), with first payment of £10 on the day by cash or cheque (payable to North West Endocrine Society).
  • All other delegates- registration fee of £20 must be paid on the day.

Abstract submission

  • Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the meeting. These may be reports of clinical cases, particularly where there were diagnostic or management issues lending themselves to discussion during the meeting, or clinical research. You may submit abstracts that have been submitted recently to other national/international meetings. A prize will be awarded for the best presentation.
  • Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the NWES Secretary, Dr Adam Robinson. The abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding title, author names and institutions).
  • The deadline for abstract submission is 5pm on 16th May 2016. Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by email.

The NWES Committee
Dr Tara Kearney (Chair)
Dr Adam Robinson (Secretary)
Dr Annice Mukherjee (Treasurer)
Mr Iain Anderson
Dr Dan Cuthbertson
Miss Helen Doran
Mr Kanna Gnanalingham
Dr Claire Higham
Dr Kalpana Kaushal

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