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JDRF ISPAD fellowship 2018


Caroline Passone

was awarded the ISPAD JDRF Fellowship for 2018


               Caroline Passone, MD, was born in Sao Paulo (Brazil) on September 13th, 1985. She started her fellowship in Pediatrics in 2009, followed by the Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship in 2011 at University of Sao Paulo. In 2012, she joined a Master Program. The focus of her research throughout the program was the validation of a tool for diabetes self-management evaluation in Portuguese language. This project allowed her to take part in the ISPAD Research School for Physicians in Poland that year.

                In 2013, her passion for type 1 diabetes led her to the Diabetes Center of Excellence- at University of Florida managed by Dr. Desmond Schatz and Dr. Michael Haller. During this time, she had the chance to learn from different clinical trials for type 1 diabetes prevention and management (TEDDY, Trialnet and T1D Exchange). When Dr. Passone returned to Brazil, she developed an important educational program with insulin pumps for type 1 Diabetes at University of Sao Paulo. Nowadays, she holds an assistant position in the pediatric endocrinology group, where she manages 14 fellows in all pediatric endocrinology clinics, which assist more than 600 patients per month.

Interestingly, another passion that has emerged in her career after her fellowship in Florida was the care for Prader Willi Syndrome. Since then, she has created a reference center in Brazil for the treatment of the disease.

From now on, after the generous support of the JDRF- ISPAD Research Fellowship, her next challenge will be in Paris. Dr Passone will pursue a research fellowship Program under the supervision of Dr. Michel Polak and Jacques Beltrand (Necker Enfants Malades), working on an innovative approach to type 1 diabetes prevention, which involves gut mucosa changes and MAIT lymphocytes.

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