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Athena Philis-Tsimikas is Corporate Vice President of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health in San Diego, California, USA, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. She leads the Scripps Diabetes Care Line, which creates programmes and delivers diabetes services across five Scripps hospitals, 25 outpatient facilities, and the community. Dr Philis-Tsimikas has devoted more than 20 years’ research and clinical efforts to improving diabetes assessment, education, and management.
Among other accomplishments, she developed and implemented the innovative Project Dulce programme, a collaboration between Scripps Health and San Diego area community clinics that emphasizes coordinated care management and relies on peer educators to deliver diabetes self-management education. She has also served as the Principal Investigator of numerous clinical trials.
University of Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Simon Heller is Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the University of Sheffield, and Director of Research & Development and Honorary Consultant Physician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK. Professor Heller’s research interests include physiological responses to hypoglycaemia and hypoglycaemia unawareness; the potential contribution of the pathophysiology of hypoglycaemia to sudden death in diabetes; and the use of insulin analogues and other technologies to reduce hypoglycaemia. He also runs research programmes on interventions to encourage more effective diabetes self-management.
He is national specialty lead for diabetes within the UK NIHR clinical research network and an NIHR senior investigator. Professor Heller has authored more than 200 research articles and reviews and is a past editor of Diabetic Medicine.