We are absolutely delighted to have the following speakers joining us for our virtual event:
Prof. John Newell-Price, Professor of Endocrinology & Consultant Endocrinologist
John Newell-Price is Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Sheffield. He qualified in medicine at the University of Cambridge, and undertook his clinical endocrine specialist training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, where he was also a Medical Research Council Training Fellow for his PhD.
Since 2000, he has been at the University of Sheffield, and a Consultant Endocrinologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he is the Clinical Lead for the busy regional and tertiary endocrine service, including pituitary and adrenal disease, chairs the MDTs, and established and is lead for the Sheffield ENETS European Centre of Excellence for Neuroendocrine Tumours. He has set up and co-runs the joint gamma knife radiosurgery service for pituitary tumours at the National Radiosurgery Centre in Sheffield.
He is passionate to improve standards of care for patients with endocrine conditions. He has been a Trustee of The Pituitary Foundation for over 10 years and chairs the Medical Committee. His research interests include glucocorticoids, pituitary and neuroendocrine tumours, and he has published widely in these areas, and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and educational workshops especially in the field of Cushing’s syndrome, pituitary and adrenal disease.
He is Senior Editor of the journal ‘Clinical Endocrinology’ and has served on the Editorial Board of ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism’, and on task forces for clinical guidelines authored on Cushing’s syndrome (2008 and 2015) for the American Endocrine Society and Adrenal Incidentaloma (2016) for the European Society for Endocrinology. He chaired The Royal College of Physicians, UK Joint Specialist Committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology (2012-2016) and is NIHR Research Lead for the Clinical Reference Group for Specialist Endocrinology NHS England, is President of the UK and Ireland Neuroendocrine Tumour Society, and serves on the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Committee. He was Chair of the American Endocrine Society’s 100th Annual Meeting, Chicago 2018.
Sherwin Criseno, Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Lead Nurse in Endocrinology
BSc, MSc (Endocrinology), PGD (Education), PGD (Advanced Practice), Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Sherwin is the Lead Nurse in Endocrinology at University Hospital Birmingham. Areas of interest include: Pituitary Disorders, Adrenal Disorders, Growth Hormone, Metabolic Bone Disorders, Longterm Effects of Cancer Treatment and Andrology. He is a Member of the Society for Endocrinology Nurse Committee, Society for Endocrinology Clinical Committee, and the European Society for Endocrinology Nurses Working Group.
Prof. Indi Banerjee, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist
Professor Banerjee is a consultant paediatric endocrinologist at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. He leads the rare disease service of Congenital Hyperinsulinism and maintains diverse research interests in growth, puberty and adrenal disorders in children. Professor Banerjee is an Associate Medical Director for Research & Innovation at his hospital; nationally he is the Audit & Peer Review Officer and Chair for the Clinical Studies Group in the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED). In the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), Professor Banerjee is the Chair for the Communications Committee. He juggles a busy clinical service in the Children's Hospital while leading and collaborating in research projects in several endocrine disorders.
Helen Stokes, Paediatric Endocrine Nurse Practitioner
I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 2010. After qualifying I worked on ward 85 at Manchester Children's Hospital for 5 years, looking after children with complex Endocrine, Cardiac, Respiratory and Metabolic conditions. I then had the opportunity to work within the Endocrine team as a specialist nurse. For 2 years I worked part time covering general Endocrine and part time covering Congenital Hyperinsulinism.
After 2 years I decided to become a full time general Endocrine nurse specialist. During this time, I have taken part in many research projects which have involved monitoring growth compliance. I have also helped develop a video for patients and families who have adrenal conditions. This demonstrates how to administer the emergency injection of hydrocortisone. My present research is based on the utilisation of digital technology to improve patient adherence and the understanding and better management of adrenal crisis in children.
Prof William Ledger, Head of Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
MA, DPhil (Oxon) BM, BCh, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, CREI
Professor William Ledger is Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Director of Reproductive Medicine and Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Hospital for Women and Chair of the Research and Development Committee and a fertility specialist at IVFAustralia.
Professor Ledger is a member of the RANZCOG Research Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Fertility Society of Australia. Recently, he was a member of the NHMRC Working Party to review national guidelines on ethics and ART. He is a member of the Editorial Board of 9 scientific journals, author of 276 journal articles and 17 books, and President of the13th biennial congress of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM 2022)
His research interests focus on in vitro fertilisation and assisted reproduction, impacts of reproductive ageing and disorders such as endometriosis, premature ovarian failure and polycystic ovary syndrome on fertility and quality of life, reproductive effects of cancer treatment and onco-fertility and health economic and demographic aspects of infertility.
Alice Jackman, Parent and Coordinator of Online Support Group
My son Richard was diagnosed with Cushing’s from a pituitary adenoma, in 2008. He had a successful surgery soon after, and is now managing the panhypopituitarism very well. He also has Asperger’s syndrome and this affects how he perceives his body, with the result that when he becomes unwell, he rarely notices until he is already in Addison’s crisis. This has meant that Richard has had to stay within 10 minutes of us, his parents, for the last 10 years – so we can inject him before calling an ambulance.
As parents to Richard, we have been occupied with ensuring that the NHS makes a reasonable adjustment in how they offer Richard care. He has now been able to move to Caerphilly on the same street as us, and has injecting carers for the times we are unable to look after him. Transferring CCG's is interesting - we are still in the process of making the change, and hoping it will all go well.
Mr Saurabh Sinha, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Saurabh is a consultant adult and paediatric neurosurgeon in Sheffield and specialises in pituitary surgery. He is passionate about training and ensuring excellent care provided to all regardless of background and disability.
He's very excited to have recently become a trustee of The Pituitary Foundation and hopes to give back something to the charity for all the excellent help and support they provide for all his (and everyone else's) patients.
Prof. Steve Ball, Consultant Endocrinologist
Steve studied basic science as an undergraduate at Birmingham University, and went on to complete a PhD in Molecular Endocrinology before pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate medical studies in London.
Following middle grade training in Diabetes and Endocrinology he spent 2 years in the USA as a Medical Research Council (UK) and Howard Hughes Fellow, returning to a Senior Lecturer post in Newcastle where he ran a large and successful clinical practice alongside a research and teaching role.
Steve has recently moved to his current position in Manchester, leading an evolving clinical service in an exciting, changing health economy. His work combines clinical medicine, research and service development.
Steve has served on the Clinical Committee and Council of the Society for Endocrinology (UK) and a number of European Clinical Practice Guidance Groups. Steve chairs the Greater Manchester Transition Operational Working Group and acts as Clinical Advisor to the GM Strategic Clinical Network. He has a long-standing clinical interest in diabetes insipidus and disorders of fluid balance.
Pauline Whittingham, Specialist Endocrine Nurse
Pauline joined The Foundation in 2018 as our Endocrine Specialist Nurse with her main responsibilities being to run the Nurse telephone helpline. She also answers any e-mail helpline that may have medical content and helps review and devise The Foundation information leaflets/booklets.
Before working for the Foundation Pauline worked at a large NHS Trust in North West England and has over 25 years experience of working with patients with pituitary and endocrine disorders, both as a specialist nurse and as a team member of a Programmed Investigation Unit. During that time she added to her Registered General Nurse training by undertaking Nurse Prescriber, DipHSM and BSc (Hons) qualifications. She also ran independent nurse led clinics for patients with a variety of endocrine problems and managed the growth hormone service, training and monitoring patients receiving growth hormone replacement.
Prof. John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology
John is a Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University and Head of the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Churchill Hospital Oxford, until 2012.
Research interests: pituitary tumours, acromegaly, adrenal disease, angiogenesis in endocrinology, genetics of osteoporosis, thyroid disease. Chair RCP Group on Weight and Health Spokesperson on Obesity RCP. Published over 400 articles, edited different textbooks; Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrine Oncology, Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology (3 editions).
President European Federation of Endocrine Societies from 2001-2003. Chairman Society for Endocrinology 2006-2009. President American Pituitary Society. Lifetime Achievement Award, Pituitary Society (America) 2017. Academic Vice President RCP 2012-2015. Presented acclaimed documentary ‘The Fantastical World of Hormones’ on BBC4.
Dr Sue Jackson, Chartered Psychologist
Dr Sue Jackson is a chartered psychologist specialising in the psychosocial impact and treatment of chronic health conditions for both patients and their carers. In addition to managing an extensive research portfolio, she is an associate lecturer for the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Plymouth. Dr Jackson works with a number of patient support charities, and is the first psychologist to serve on the Medical Advisory Committee for the Pituitary Foundation.
Dr. Rob Murray, Consultant Endocrinologist
Dr Robert Murray is a Consultant Endocrinologist & Honorary Associate Professor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, having been appointed in 2004. His subspecialty interests, both clinically and research, lie in pituitary disease, late-endocrine effects of cancer, and optimising hormone replacement therapies. Dr Murray is active in producing research data to improve our knowledge and treatment of patients with pituitary disease.
He is a member of the Society for Endocrinology (SfE) Clinical Committee (2010-13 & 2018-date), Public Engagement Committee (2018-date) and medical board of the Pituitary Foundation. He has previously served on the RCP Joint Specialty Committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology (2005-10), SfE Nurses Committee (2010-13), and SfE Corporate Liasion Committee (2010-13). Dr Murray is on the Editorial boards of the journals ‘Pituitary’, ‘Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism’ and ‘Advances in Therapy’. Locally Dr Murray has been very involved with education serving as TPD for West Yorkshire Diabetes & Endocrinology specialist training (2015-19).
Dr Niki Karavitaki, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology
MSc, PhD, FRCP
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist. Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR), College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham; Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Birmingham Health Partners, UK
Niki Karavitaki is Senior Clinical Lecturer (University of Birmingham) and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist (University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust). She leads the academic Pituitary Theme at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (University of Birmingham) and she is the co-lead of the Pituitary Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Prior to this, she was Consultant Endocrinologist at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Her clinical and research interests focus on pituitary tumours and hypopituitarism and she has published extensively on the field. She has active involvement in national and international committees (Board of Directors of Pituitary Society, Executive Committee of European Neuroendocrine Association, Co-chair of Adrenal and Pituitary Special Interest Group of Endocrine Society, USA, ENDO Annual Meeting Steering Committee) and she was the Chair of the Programme Organising Committee of the European Neuroendocrine Association 2020 Congress.