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Issue 151 Spring 2024

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I have been immensely fortunate to have trained under Professor Karim Meeran and to have learnt from him how to think as an endocrinologist, and to be guided by his unsurpassed clinical and ethical compass. A while ago, a patient in our clinic said to me, “I can see that you have been taught by Prof.” To me, that was the highest praise I could ask for!

Saira Hameed


A lecture given by Professor Stephanie Amiel inspired me during medical school and, as an SHO, my mentor Dr Keith Steer got me interested in diabetes and endocrinology. Being part of a great team now keeps me motivated clinically, as it is really an interesting field with so many innovative advances.

Elaine Hui


Social injustice. Whilst I aspire to mirror the work ethic and knowledge of most, if not all, of my consultant colleagues, my biggest inspiration to do my job to the best of my abilities remains being a witness to social inequalities, which are impartial to chronic disease. I feel it is my duty to diagnose, inform and support my patients to the best of my abilities, regardless of their background, with an aim to wash out any injustice created by society and the randomness of life.

Adele Beck


Dr Rajee Baburaj and Dr Catherine Mitchell, for investing in me in my foundation years, being inspirational endocrinologists as well as great mentors, and having faith in my abilities. For instance, encouraging me to apply for academic registrar training, which ultimately set the trajectory for many other opportunities.

Risheka Walls


Over the last eight years, Professor Richard Ross. His sharp mind, extensive experience and clarity of thought, coupled with his generosity, good humour and kindness are a very rare, but truly inspiring, combination.

Charlotte Elder


People-focused leaders − when I need guidance I’ve had some mentors who can help me see through a problem with a single chat. My aspiration would be to help others in the same way.

Ruth Andrew


Dr John Eng, a clinician scientist, whose persistence contributed to one of the greatest bench-to-bedside stories of our generation and a paradigm shift in the management of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Chioma Izzi-Engbeaya


My PhD supervisor, Professor Mike Bradbury, who taught me how to be rigorous in my approach to experimental planning, recording results and record keeping. And Professor Helen Mason, who really taught me the ins and outs of growing a research career in endocrinology, but also how to navigate and establish a university career.

Suman Rice

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