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Trisha Dunning
Professor Trisha Dunning is the Inaugural Chair in Nursing Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Deakin University Barwon Health Partnership. She is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with expertise in aged care, chronic illness care particularly diabetes care, policy and education. She has been involved in teaching research for the past 10 years including a series of research and writing workshops she established in Barwon Health to support the research activities of Barwon Health clinicians and build research capacity. In 2004 Prof Dunning was made a Member of the Order of Australia by The Australian Government in recognition of her sustained contribution to nursing and diabetes education, clinical care and research. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Research Society International researcher Hall of Fame in 2017. Trisha is widely published in books, journals and magazines, guidelines and position statements. She writes short stories and poetry in her spare time.
Medha Munshi
Dr Medha Munshi is an endocrinologist and a geriatrician at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is the Director of the Joslin Geriatric Diabetes Program and a primary care geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Munshi is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Munshi developed a unique Geriatric Diabetes Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center with the focus on understanding challenges faced by older adults with diabetes. This is an interdisciplinary approach beyond the traditional diabetes program that considers clinical, functional, and psychosocial barriers faced by older adults. Dr. Munshi leads clinical research in the areas of identifying barriers to self-management in the older diabetic population and developing intervention strategies to overcome these barriers. Her major contribution is in the area of glycemic goal-setting beyond A1c to lower the risk of hypoglycemia in the vulnerable older population. She developed a de-intensification algorithm to simplify complex insulin regimens in the older population, which has shown improvement in risk of hypoglycemia and disease-related distress, without compromising glycemic control. She co-edited 2 textbooks on the topic of geriatric diabetes and contributed many chapters on this topic. Under the umbrella of the International Diabetes Federation, she co-authored the global guidelines on managing older people with type-2 diabetes. She also co-authored the consensus report on diabetes management in community-living older adults and the position statement for diabetes management in the LTC facilities published by the American Diabetes Association. She chaired the committee to author the Joslin Diabetes Center guidelines for the care of the older adults with diabetes. She has published many papers of original investigation on the subject of geriatric diabetes and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.
Jean Woo
Prof. Jean Woo graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1974. After medical posts in the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Brompton Hospitals in the UK, she worked in part time posts in general practice as well as research at the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Woo joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1985 as Lecturer responsible for the development of the teaching and service in Geriatric Medicine, becoming Head of the Department in 1993 until 1999, Chief of Service of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital from 1993 to 2012, and Chair Professor of Medicine in 1994. From 2000 to 2006 she was Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, from 2001 to 2005 Director of the newly established School of Public Health, and from August 2013 to July 2016 Chairman of the Department of medicine & Therapeutics. She established the Centre for Nutritional Studies in 1997 using a self financing model to carry out service, education and research. Currently she is the Director of the Jockey Club Institute of Aging at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Director of the Centre for Nutritional Studies, School of Public Health and Primary Care, and Honorary Consultant of the Prince of Wales and Shatin Hospitals, Hospital Authority. Prof. Woo's research interests include chronic diseases and geriatric syndromes, health services research, nutrition epidemiology and intervention, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 800 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.
Elbert Huang
Dr. Elbert Huang is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy, and Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Huang is a primary care doctor who studies clinical and health care policy issues at the intersection of diabetes, aging, and health economics. Using methods from health economics, the decision sciences, and clinical epidemiology, his research has provided the theoretical and evidence-base foundation for the concept of personalizing diabetes care goals as well as the contemporary natural history of the disease in older people. Dr. Huang's research has directly influenced modern diabetes care clinical practice guidelines for older people that now emphasize 1) individualization of glycemic goals (Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(1):11-9), 2) the role of patient treatment preferences (Diabetes Care. 2007;30(10):2478-83), 3) the clinical importance of hypoglycemia (JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):251-8.), and 4) management of geriatric conditions (Diabetes Care. 2012; 35(12):2650-64; Diabetes. 2014; 63(8):2578-89). Dr. Huang's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has received numerous honors including the Research Paper of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine and elected membership to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Huang received his A.B., M.D., and M.P.H. from Harvard University and came to the University of Chicago in 2001.