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Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum (YDEF)

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The Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum is a forum for young diabetologists who are fully paid-up professional members of Diabetes UK.

The forum exists under the auspices of the professional working groups of Diabetes UK. Its constitution and any future changes shall be subject to the approval of this committee.


The forum seeks to represent and support the interests of junior doctors who are involved in any aspect of diabetes care or research. In particular, the Forum has three key objectives:

  • Representation – within Diabetes UK via the elected member and on national committees by nomination from within the forum.
  • Education and training – that might not be available elsewhere. This could cover clinical, research, managerial and other relevant topics to promote learning as well as the development of skills. A range of teaching and learning approaches would be employed. Information about relevant courses will also be disseminated.
  • Networking – the development of contacts across the country to share information and experience will be promoted.


Members will normally be medically qualified, have completed general professional training and be involved in any aspect of diabetes care or research.

Associate membership may be offered to others (e.g. medical students) at the discretion of the committee. Members will not have held a consultant or senior lecturer post for over two years.

Events and Courses

YDEF organise and deliver a variety of meetings throughout the year, each one offering a different aspect of diabetes care specifically targeted for members. Course topics include lipids, insulin pumps, foot care, research days and clinical management.

The highlight of the forum is its annual meeting YDEF Day, which is appended to Diabetes UK's Professional Conference. The annual meeting aims to address and be responsive to the needs of all its members. 

Current Committee

  • Aaisha Saqib (South London)
  • Anne DeBray (West Midlands)
  • Becky Sagar (West Yorkshire)
  • Fahad Arshad (South Yorkshire)
  • Guilia Argentesi (London)
  • Meera Ladwa (South London)
  • Peter Jacob (London)
  • Harriet Esdaile (London)
  • Layla Thurston (London)
  • Tim Robbins (West Midlands)
  • Tom Crabtree (East Midlands)
  • Tahir Chohan (North East)


The YDEF reports to the Professional Working Groups via the elected SpR member (Chair) – currently Guilia Argentesi.

Learn more about YDEF at Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum website.


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