Author biographies

Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP, FACE, is Professor of Medicine, the Tullis Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Dr Fonseca's current research interests include the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications and risk factor reduction in cardiovascular disease. He has a research program evaluating homocysteine and inflammation as risk factors for heart disease in diabetes. He is also an investigator in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study.

Dr Fonseca previously served as Chair for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Clinical Practice Committee and the joint ADA/American College of Cardiology (ACC) "Make the Link" program. He is Editorin-Chief of Diabetes Care, and was Associate Editor of the Journal of the Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders and is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals, including Diabetes, Diabetic Medicine, Kidney International, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, British Medical Journal, JAMA, and Metabolism.

Dr Fonseca is a fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Royal College of Physicians (London), and the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the International Diabetes Federation. He has lectured in the USA and abroad, serves on several national and international committees, and has published more than 100 papers, review articles, and book chapters.

Merri Pendergrass, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Clinical Diabetes and Associate Clinical Chief in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Hypertension at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

Dr Pendergrass' research focuses on developing and implementing strategies to improve diabetes care in healthcare systems. Current projects include developing effective inpatient glucose management protocols; and using medical informatics techniques to characterize barriers to good diabetes care and to identify potential targets for quality improvement interventions.

Dr Pendergrass is a reviewer for a number of journals including Diabetes Care, Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, and New England Journal of Medicine; and is on the editorial board for Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism and Diabetes Care. She has lectured widely in the USA and abroad, and has published more than 50 clinical papers, review articles, and book chapters.

Roberta Harrison McDuffie, MSN, BSBA, APRN, BC, CNS, CDE, is Clinical Trial Coordinator, Tulane University School of Medicine, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes, and a Certified Diabetes Educator with her own consulting company, Diabetes Wellness Consulting, Inc. Ms McDuffie is also on the faculty of Tulane University Health Sciences Center.

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