January 7, 2011 ·
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Prateek Peres-da-Silva, an intern at Thought Leader Select and student at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, recently sat down with Dr. Maher “Max” Noureddine, Thought Leader Select’s departing chief scientific officer, to discuss his achievements at the company, as well as his vision for the non-profit he is launching to improve the professional lives of health care providers. Peres-da-Silva is a junior at UNC, double-majoring in business and biochemistry.
Prateek Peres-da-Silva: In part one of the interview, we talked about your work for Thought Leader Select. For the rest of our conversation, I’d like to hear your take on the future. What are your plans for the new year?
Max Noureddine: I stepped down from my position with Thought Leader Select to focus completely on establishing and running a new non-profit entity, which I have named The Institute for Advanced Career Development (IACD).
Prateek Peres-da-Silva: In some of our previous conversations, you have mentioned that there will be several mentoring programs, aimed at educating healthcare and legal professionals, set up under the institute’s umbrella. Can you tell us more about these programs?
Max Noureddine: One of the immediate objectives of the IACD is to provide healthcare professionals and scientific researchers with training and mentorship on how to shape their careers to become effective leaders in their areas of specialty. The sustained, ... read more »
January 6, 2011 ·
The International Diabetes Federation Atlas (http://www.diabetesatlas.org) reports that 285 million people aged 20-79 years globally have diabetes, a disease impacting most countries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, diabetes affects 23.6 million people or 7.8% of the U.S. population. It is no wonder, then, that millions of dollars are spent every year to fund research that will treat and perhaps cure the disease.
Certainly, endocrinologists and a host of other specialty physicians participate in basic and clinical research sponsored by government entities, academic institutions, professional societies and biopharmaceutical companies. However, primary care physicians (PCPs) are also widely involved in diabetes research. The diversity of patient populations and illnesses treated by PCPs make them desirable investigators, especially when the research seeks to understand diabetic co-morbidities, how the disease affects different populations, and better ways to help patients manage their diabetes.
Thought Leader Select recently studied the research activities of more than 150 primary care thought leaders (TLs) in the United States and identified several interesting trends about their research activities in general, as well as those related to diabetes research. We found that 86% of primary care TLs are regularly involved in basic and clinical research efforts. Of those 134 actively conducting research, more than half are involved in diabetes-related projects (see Chart 1). More ... read more »