Clinical Practice


Introduction

Clinical Practice Committee Main Deliverables

The role of the Clinical Practice Committee (CPC)is to support the work of paediatric endocrinologists by providing high quality evidence in an easily accessible format for ESPE members worldwide. Through the Chairperson, the Committee provides representation for clinical paediatric endocrinologists at the highest levels of ESPE.

The main activity of the Committee is the development of guidelines and consensus statements on the management of paediatric endocrine disorders. Guidelines and consensus statements endorsed by ESPE all have a member of the Committee involved in the process of producing these guidelines. The CPC meets with counterparts from the other international paediatric endocrine societies (usually at the annual meeting) to plan joint developments. In addition to development of ESPE endorsed guidelines, the Committee also reviews guidelines produced by other societies for inclusion on the ESPE website.

The CPC also has input into the ESPE annual meeting, specifically with regards to the content of the "Meet The Expert" sessions, and has also developed patient information leaflets for common paediatric endocrine disorders in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Turkish. The Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) is composed of a chairperson and five other members. The CPC members' short biographies including their special interests can be found below.

Professor Evangelia Charmandari (Chairperson), Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the First Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital. Professor Kanaka-Gantenbein's clinical work comprises of all areas of paediatric endocrinology-diabetology, but she has a special interest in Glucose Metabolism disorders, such as type 1 Diabetes, Monogenic Diabetes and Congenital Hyperinsulinism, thyroid disorders, such as Congenital Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid cancer, as well as special syndromes, such as Turner Syndrome , Prader Willi syndrome, Silver Russell syndrome, Hereditary Albright osteodystrophy etc.

Dr Philip Murray, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Dr Murray's clinical practice covers all aspects of paediatric endocrinology and diabetes, but has a specialist interest in growth disorders.

Associate Professor Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the First Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the "Aghia Sophia" Children's Hospital. Professor Kanaka-Gantenbein's clinical work comprises of all areas of paediatric endocrinology-diabetology, but she has a special interest in Glucose Metabolism disorders, such as type 1 Diabetes, Monogenic Diabetes and Congenital Hyperinsulinism, thyroid disorders, such as Congenital Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid cancer, as well as special syndromes, such as Turner Syndrome, Prader Willi syndrome, Silver Russell syndrome, Hereditary Albright osteodystrophy etc.

Associate Professor Jadranka Popovic, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Associate Professor Popovic has a particular interest in Turner Syndrome and disorders of sexual differentiation.

Dr Erica van der Akker (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Pediatric endocrinologist at the Department of Pediatrics Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. Dr van der Akker is head of division of pediatric endocrinology and prinicpal coördinator of the Erasmus MC obesity clinic CGG pediatric division. Dr van der Akker is also a member of the multidisciplinary team at the center of expertise of Turner syndrome and the center of expertise for disorders of sex development and of the center of expertise for brain tumors. She is member of the international genetic obesity network and chair of the Dutch obesity in children working group (NVK). Her main research focus is obesity in children. Studies concentrate on genetic obesity and innovative treatment strategies for obese children. She is lecturer at the faculty of medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Dr Aneta Gawlik (Katowice, Poland) Senior Consultant at the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology and Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Dr Gawlik’s major research interests include treatment of Turner’s syndrome, disorders of sex development (I-DSD registry), childhood obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr Gawlik participates in the activities of the ESPE Turner Syndrome Working Group.

Dr Renuka Dias (Birmingham, UK) Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham (Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research). Dr Dias’ research interests include the genetics of growth failure, Silver-Russell Syndrome, Wolfram Syndrome and endocrine neoplasia syndromes. She is also a medical advisor for the Child Growth Foundation.