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Fellowship Reports

Allan Drash Fellowships 2018

Dina Fawzy

was awarded the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2018


Dina Abdelmoneim Aly Fawzy, was born on 15th November 1988 in Alexandria, Egypt. A Demonstrator of pediatric endocrinology and diabetology in Alexandria University Children's Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt. She graduated in 2012 from Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt. Completed her pediatric training residency in September 2017 and finished her credit hours of Master degree and now working on her thesis with title (Study of type 1 diabetic children patients attending diabetes clinic in Alexandria University Children′s Hospital).

Dina has special interest in diabetes and its different and special types as her master’s degree thesis is under the title of: Study of Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus of long duration attending Alexandria University Children's Hospital. She feel very honored and benefited to have worked in a huge center as Alexandria University Children’s Hospital, which is the main Pediatric hospital in the North Coast Region, serves as a tertiary referral center for four governorates, it has an outpatient diabetes clinic, which enable me to diagnose and follow up the different types of diabetic patients in these governorates including post pancreatectomy diabetes, steroid induced diabetes –in children who are on long steroids treatment as leukemia, nephrotic syndrome and SLE- and cystic fibrosis related –diabetes.

Dina is a Member of several professional societies, both national and international, such as the ESDEP, the ESPE and the ISPAD. She has attended several international meetings, schools and courses as The 4th (ASPED - ESPE) School which was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE (14-16 December 2017), The 43rd Annual Conference of the ISPAD which was held in Innsbruck, Austria (18-21 October 2017), the Diabetes Postgraduate Course (3rd ISPAD/ASPED/LILLY) which was held in Dubai, also had  attended the Practical Workshop on CSII, CGM& SAP in Managing Type 1 Diabetes Patients , (4th -6th May 2017), Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Doha, Qatar.

Thanks to those great opportunity and acquisitions of new experiences in dealing with different types of diabetes she returned with a great benefit and impact to her center, as a demonstrator and the youngest member in their diabetology team, which enabled her to transfer the new experience to her junior residents and students, and has greatly affected the management plans and improve the quality of lives of the huge number of patients they serve.

Dr. Reshma Bananki Vijay

was awarded the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2018


Reshma Bananki Vijay was born in a very humble, compassionate, middle class, hard working agriculture family on May 15th in a small town. She was first among 4 children. As her parents lived in a village, very good education was not accessible and her father always wanted to give best education to his kids. She had to be sent away from home to a small town at Age 4.This made her very responsible from a young age. Even though people in villages gave much importance to Boys more than girls, her father never discriminated. He had a dream that she should be a Doctor and peruse her higher education in international college.

Reshma was very fortunate to get good education from best Schools and college and was one of the best students always supported by her teachers and friends for her enthusiasm in studies. She started dreaming from young age to be a Doctor.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS); Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Fellow, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Samatvam Institute of Medical Sciences and affiliated hospitals, Bangalore, India


Consultant and Faculty: Diabetes Endocrinology Medicine [Special interest: Pediatric Diabetes Endocrinology], Samatvam Endocrinology Diabetes Center and Jnana Sanjeevini Diabetes Hospital and Medical Center, affiliated Hospitals, Bangalore, India, Honorary Consultant: Diabetes Endocrinology, DISHA DOSTI FREE Diabetes Clinic for the Poor, Bangalore, India (CDIC LFAC NOVO)

Investigator, Clinical Research (National and International), Jnana Sanjeevini and Samatvam Diabetes and Endocrinology Hospital, Bangalore, India.

Reshma’s interests in serving patients and giving them best care always kept her interested in reading and acquiring more knowledge. Making accurate diagnosis and giving right treatment gives her utmost happiness.

The following are her guiding life principles as a humble doctor and scientist trying to give her best to people and society:

·         ‘’A Doctor is a student till his death; when he fails to be a student, he dies.’" - Sir William Osler

·         ‘’Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’" - Mahatma Gandhi


Reshma is married to an engineer business man and entrepreneur. She and her husband are proud parents of twin boys 14 years studying in 9th grade.

 Dr. Dhivyalakshmi Jeevarathnam

was awarded the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2018


Dr. Dhivyalakshmi Jeevarathnam, is a pediatric endocrinologist Practicing in Chennai, India. She completed her M.D (Pediatrics) from Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India. During her pediatric residency her research paper won the award given by Indian Academy of Pediatrics. She had a keen interest in the field of Pediatric endocrinology and she joined her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru under the mentorship of Dr. Shaila Shamanur Bhattacharyya and Dr. N. Kavitha Bhat. During her fellowship, she developed a keen interest in the management of diabetic children and she was also in the organising team of ISPAE 2013 (3rd biennial meeting of Indian Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes).

 After completing her Pediatric endocrinology fellowship, she joined Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute as Assistant Professor in Department of Pediatrics. She started the Pediatric Endocrinology clinic in her Institute and she has been heading the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology since her joining. There are about 50 children with diabetes under her care till date. At present, there is no multidisciplinary team involved in the care of diabetes children and she is very much interested in establishing such a setup in her Institute.

She has attended several National and International conferences and has presented several posters and papers. She is an invited speaker for Regional and National conferences in India. She has authored several chapters in pediatric endocrinology in various pediatric textbooks. Teaching is always her passion and as an able person she has organized several workshops (growth module, Insulin therapy, etc. ) and CMEs for postgraduates and practicing physicians. She has organized the first Nurses education program for pediatric diabetes in her Institute. For her various activities done in pediatric endocrinology, she was awarded "Dr. V. Balagopal Raju - Active Pediatrician Award" by Indian Academy of Pediatrics in 2017.


She always wanted to improve quality of care for diabetic children by establishing a cost effective multidisciplinary team approach for these children in her Institute and by doing quality research work in pediatric diabetes. During her fellowship at Stanford University, she aims to learn about setting up and running a multidisciplinary team for diabetic children, advanced treatment methodologies like insulin pumps and CGMS, starting a research program in Type 1 diabetes and organizing a camp for diabetic children.


ISPAD-JDRF Fellowships 2017


Petter Bjornstad

was awarded the ISPAD JDRF Fellowship in 2017

Dr. Petter Bjornstad is a clinical researcher with a track record of research potential and success. His research focus is on metabolic and hemodynamic mechanisms underlying the development of diabetic kidney disease in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.Dr. Bjornstad theorizes that diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition associated with dehydration, metabolic acidosis and acute glycaemia, will be associated with tubular injury, which would present the earliest evidence of kidney disease in type 1 diabetes. The importance of this proposal relates to the major research and clinical need to better understand the initiating events contributing to early diabetic kidney disease in youth with type 1 diabetes.


Beata Malachowska
was awarded the ISPAD JDRF Fellowship in 2017


Beata Malachowska M.D. (born 9th October 1989) – a PhD student in Department of Biostatistics and Translational Medicine (Medical University of Lodz) and Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine (Medical University of Warsaw) under the supervision of Prof. Wojciech Fendler. Her scientific work started in 2011 at the Polish Registry for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes project. She continued her work in the field, with particular focus on HNF1B-MODY and its pathogenesis and recently expanded with her skills onto the field of transcriptomic biomarkers. She was a co-author of more than 25 research articles indexed in Medline. During medical studies, results of her research work were presented during numerous domestic and international conferences (including ISPAD Annual Conferences 2013) and received numerous conference awards in Groningen, Netherlands domestic conferences for junior doctors. Her scientific achievements resulted in obtaining several scientific scholarships and awards including 2014 Polish Student Nobel Prize in life science – contest for the best Polish student of the year and recently ISPAD-JDRF Fellowship 2017.


Marie Beatrice Saade
was awarded the ISPAD JDRF Fellowship in 2017


Marie-Béatrice Saade completed her medical studies in Limoges, France, then pursued her pediatric training in Rennes, where she was certified as a pediatrician in 2012. She was a pediatric fellow at Rennes Pediatric University Hospital in France from 2013 to 2015.Dr. Saade completed a Master 2 from Paris Diderot University (Nutrition Metabolism and Signaling). She participated in a basic science research project in INRA Rennes with the group of Dr. Blat and Dr. Neunlist evaluating the impact of obesity on the pancreatic intrinsic nervous system and its effects on insulin secretion in the context of a European multi-center project entitled "Enteneurobesity".


Gianluca Tornese
was awarded the ISPAD JDRF Fellowship in 2017

Gianluca Tornese MD, PhD  was born in Brindisi (Italy) on December 1st, 1980. After earning his medical degree at the University of Siena (Italy) in 2005, he completed both his pediatric residency (2012) and PhD program (2016) at the University of Trieste (Italy), the latter with a thesis on the onset and progression of type 1 diabetes mellitus”. During his PhD program, in 2015 he was accepted as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. At the present time, in addition to a busy clinical work, he teaches at the University of Trieste (both in medical school and pediatric residency program) and he is principal investigator in 4 running research projects on type 1 diabetes. His research interests focus on the role of autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and, recently, on the role of taste in the metabolic control of children and adolescent with type 1 diabetes. 


Allan Drash Fellowships 2017


Mohammad Hosny
was awarded the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017

Assistant Lecturer of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology at Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. Passed MBBCH, Master (M.Sc.) in pediatrics and MD exam in pediatrics 2008, 2013 and 2016 respectively. Working now at the Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology unit, Mansoura University Children Hospital, one of the largest referral centers all over Egypt for managing children with type 1 diabetes and different endocrinal problems. Member of several professional societies, both national and international, such as the Egyptian Society of Childhood Diabetes and Endocrinology (ESDEP), the Arab Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED) and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD). Dr. Mohammad has previously been granted and attended the last ISPAD/ASPED Diabetes Postgraduate Course held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 


Wafaa Laymoun
was awarded the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017 


Wafaa Laymoun is working as a lecturer of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Mansoura Faculty of medicine and she is responsible for teaching medical students, fellows, nurses and health care professionals at the regional level. She is running specialized outpatient clinics and she provides clinical supervision for the inpatient cases. She was awarded travel grants to attend ASPED/ISPAD, ASPED/ESPE and ESPE-Diabetes Obesity Metabolism schools in 2015 and 2016 as well as an ESPE clinical fellowship. She is currently devoted to pediatric diabetes to be the next step in her career and education. She is dedicated to creating a national registry system for diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents in Egypt starting with the Delta region. Her second future plan is to establish insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring services at her center.


Naina Bhat

was awarded one of the Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017



Dr. Naina Bhat is a young Paediatric Endocrinologist from Bangalore, India. She completed her residency in Paediatrics and was awarded the Gold Medal in Paediatrics in the All India exit examination by the National Board of Examinations, Ministry of Health, Government of India. She then completed her training in Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health one of the premier public sector children’s hospitals in Bangalore and one among the four centres which offer this training in India.


Feny Patel 
  was awarded one of Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017

Feny Patel is working for Diacare - Diabetes and Hormone Clinic Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, since 2014. She is involved in many research papers and projects such as “Changing Diabetes in Children- CDIC” and “Life for A Child -LFAC “. She aspires to pursue dedicating herself to Pediatric Diabetology, to the Type 1 as well as to the young adolescents and she aims at improving the existing standards of care, treatment, and education for Type 1 diabetes in India thanks to improvement in technology and management.



Joshua Ngwang Menang 
  was awarded one of Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017

Joshua Ngwang Menang is working for CALMEF Practice Cameroon since 2008 and is dedicated to building a better diabetes care program for his community. He is studying the impact of local dishes on type 1 diabetes and has translated several diabetes handouts into the local dialects. He is also interested in basic clinical sciences and researches, especially in critical pediatric care.


Dr. Arun Kumar Singh
  was awarded one of Allan Drash Fellowship in 2017

Arun Kumar Singh is a Pediatrician, Neonatologist at Department of Pediatrics & Adolescents associated with B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal, working for the child health sector and interested in treatment and management of Diabetics, Diabetics Type 1 and Diabetics Ketoacidosis and Endocrine Disease in Children.


ISPAD Research Fellowship 2016


Alfonso Galderisi
  was awarded one of ISPAD's Research Fellowship in 2016

Alfonso Galderisi was born in Naples (Italy) on 27.08.1986. He has spent most of his medical and post-degree training working on pediatric diabetes and glycemic control, being involved in both translation research and clinical trials in pediatric diabetology.


ISPAD Research Fellowship 2015

Maddalena Macedoni
  was awarded one of ISPAD's Research Fellowship in 2015

 Maddalena fellowship winner 2015

Graduated in Medicine in 2009 at The University of Milan, Maddalena Macedoni joined the Battelino's research Group at the University Children’s Hospital of Ljubljana after being awarded the 2015 ISPAD Research Fellowship Grant. She there studied the effect of new technology in improving hypoglicemia after physical exercise.

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