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New BSPED Special Interest Groups – get involved
03 May 2019

The BSPED supports a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGS). Two new BSPED SIGS have recently been formed. Please find further information below:

CYP Type 2 Diabetes Special Interest Group
The Children and Young People Type 2 Diabetes Special Interest Group aims to improve the care of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes. The group is composed of multi-disciplinary professionals across all Paediatric Diabetes Networks in the U.K. Meetings are held regularly to share experiences in the management, research and training in CYP with type 2 diabetes. Please contact Dr Billy White or Usha Parkash (Children and Young People’s South East Coast & London Diabetes Network Manager) and refer to the CYP diabetes Network website for further information if you are interested.

Hypothalamic & Pituitary Axis Tumour (HPAT) Special Interest Group]
The Hypothalamic and Pituitary Axis Tumour (HPAT) Special Interest Group brings together paediatric neuroendocrine and pituitary professionals from across the UK to better understand, and raise awareness of, the life limiting neuroendocrine morbidity of hypothalamic injury, and improve functional outcomes of children and young people under 19 years of age (CYP) with diverse suprasellar hypothalamo-pituitary axis tumours. The group aims to train, establish and support tertiary paediatric neuroendocrine experts in all national paediatric CCLG-affiliated neuroncology centres, to lead alongside age-appropriate neurosurgical, neuro-oncology, neuropathology and neuroradiology experts in decision making MDTs, peri-operative care and long term health provision across age transitions, according to 2019 forthcoming collaborative CCLG and BSPED guidelines endorsed by RCPCH. Importantly, the HPAT SIG aims to:

  • build on existing collaborative interdisciplinary guidance initiatives and the national virtual HPAT discussion forum by establishing collaborative intersociety national outcome registries for continuous audit, guideline update and research, and
  • establish formal relationships with national and international multidisciplinary working groups and representative bodies to ensure streamlined safe, and equitable neuroendocrine care
  • identify areas of need and to support research to advance the neuroendocrine care of children and young people with HPATs

Please contact Paul Dimitri if you would like further information about this group.