Diabetes Research Open Journal

Editorial Board

Diabetes Research - Open Journal


Shaw Watanabe, MD, PhD

Life Science Promotion Foundation
25-3-1004, Daikyo-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 160-0005, Japan

Dr. Watanabe had graduated from Keio University, School of Medicine in 1965, and got his Doctors degree in 1970. He had worked as a Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Keio University School of Medicine during 1973 and 1977, Visiting Scientist of National Cancer Institute, USA (1975-1976), Section Head of Pathology Division and Director of Epidemiology Division, National Cancer Center (1985-1996). He had also worked as a Professor and Chairman, Department of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Tokyo University of Agriculture (1995-2005), and Director General, National Institute of Health and Nutrition (2005-2009). At Present, he is the President of Life Science Promoting Association since 2009. He is also the President of the Society of National Integrated Medicine (2011-Present). He was the President of APCCN 2014 in Tokyo in 2013 and the Chairman of the East Asia Conference on Standardization of Rice Function in Kyoto in 2014. He is the chief editor of the Clinical and Functional Nutriology and the Life Science in Japan. 
He was an emeritus member of the Japan Pathological Society, Japan Epidemiology Society, Japan Cancer Society, Society of Functional Food Factors, etc. He had done more than 2000 autopsy as pathologist, had built population based prospective cohort study (JPHC study), contributed to expand shoku-iku (eating education) as a chairman.
He was also one of the scientific board members in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fishery, Cabinet Office and Environmental Agency.

               Associate Editors

Stephen I-Hong Hsu, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Scientific Officer
Prometheon Pharma, LLC
Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator
University of Florida
10285 Research Drive
Alachua, FL 32615, USA

Dr. Hsu is the Founder, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of Prometheon Pharma, LLC, a resident company of the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator (named #1 incubator in the world, 2013) of the University of Florida. Dr. Hsus international academic career as a clinician-scientist and administrator of multiple clinical and graduate training programs spans more than three decades. He received a combined MD-PhD degree in Molecular Pharmacology as a Scholar of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His studies on the molecular genetics of the mdr (P-glycoprotein) genes were done in the laboratory of Susan Horwitz, whose group identified the mechanism of action of bleomycin and taxol. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship Training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, during which he co-edited the first textbook of evidence-based medicine. He held his first academic appointments at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (National University of Singapore) and the Genome Institute of Singapore (Biopolis), where he developed research programs in the molecular genetics of kidney diseases and prostate cancer. As the Director of Research for the National Kidney Foundation of Singapore, he developed a disease prevention program and expanded his expertise to population-based and genetic epidemiology through the development of a nationwide screening program for the detection of early disease. He also continued to practice clinical nephrology during the SARS epidemic in Singapore at the National University Hospital where he held the distinction of being the youngest member in the history of the hospitals Medical Board. In 2005 he was recruited to the Renal Unit of the Brigham and Womens Hospital (Harvard Medical School). In 2007, he was recruited to be the first occupant of the R. Glenn Davis (DCI) Endowed Chair in Clinical and Translational Medicine, and the Director of the MD-PhD Training Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine where he held joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. He is the first recipient of an inaugural award for Innovations in Research Training and Education by the American Association of Medical Colleges. He was named a Scholar of the Clinical Translational Science Institute at the University of Florida in 2009.

Jian-Xiong Chen, MD, FAHA

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Room G325, Jackson, MS, 39216, USA

After receiving the M.D. and a master’s degree in pharmacology from Central South University of China, Dr. Chen completed his postdoctoral training in pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Chen served as an assistant professor in Pathology, and became associate professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University from 2002-2010.Hejoined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an associate professor at Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2011-present. Dr. Chen is Fellow of American Heart Association (AHA) and member of American Physiology Society. Dr. Chen has served as a grant reviewer committee of NIH, AHA and British Medical Research Council. During the past 12 years, Dr. Chen has been a part of a very successful research team that have been well-funded by NIH and AHA. He is the author of 40peer-reviewed publications and is currently funded by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The long-term goals of his laboratory research are to understand the pathogenesis and identify the intracellular molecular basis that may contribute to abnormal angiogenesis and regeneration, exacerbation of cardiac dysfunction and heart failure, then, to develop novel therapies that can prevent or reverse these devastating diabetic cardiovascular diseases.

Takashi Nomiyama, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
School of Medicine
Fukuoka University
7-45-1 Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka 814-0180, Japan


• (1995) MD (Medicine), Juntendo University Tokyo, Japan
• (2002) PhD (Diabetology), Juntendo University Graduate School/Tokyo, Japan

Employment History

• (2012-Present) Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, School of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka
• (2010-2012) Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, School of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka
• (2009-2010) Assistant, Department of Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology, Juntendo University, School of Medicine, Tokyo
• (2008-2009) Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Juntendo Tokyo Kotoh Geriatric Medical Center
• (2005-2008) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
• (2004-2005) Assistant, Department of Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology, Juntendo University, School of Medicine, Tokyo
• (2002-2004) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology, Juntendo University, School of Medicine, Tokyo
• (1995-1998) General Internal Medicine Residency, Juntendo University Hospital, Tokyo


Sophia Chew Tsong Huey, MBBS, MMed (Anaes.), FANZCA

Senior Consultant
Department of Anaesthesiology
Singapore General Hospital
Outram Rd, 169608, Singapore

Dr. Chew is a Senior Consultant at the Singapore General Hospital, Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.
Her subspecialty interest is in the field of cardiothoracic anaesthesia and she leads the department efforts in research. She was awarded the Wong Hock Boon –Singapore Medical Association Outstanding Mentor Award in 2013.
Dr. Chew is the Principal Investigator of the Perioperative and Genomic Outcome Study of Cardiac Patients in Singapore. She is currently examining the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass and acute kidney injury and the impact of diabetes mellitus on the outcome of patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Oscar Lorenzo, PhD

Principal Investigator
Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
IIS-FJD Hospital
Autonoma University
University City Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid, Spain

Dr. Lorenzo received his PhD in 2001 at the Autonoma University (Madrid). Currently, he is working as Principal Investigator in the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the IIS-FJD Hospital in the Autonoma University. His research has included studies in hypertension and diabetes effects on the cardiovascular system. Based on this research and fellowship training he has received several awards and honours, such as: BIAL European Awards in 2000. He is serving as expert reviewer for journals like International J Cardiology, J Mol Cell Cardiol, Cardiovasc Diabetol, J hypertension, Am J Physiol Heart.

Massimo Collino, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Department of Drug Science and Technology
University of Turin
Corso Raffaello 33
10125 Torino, Italy


• (1998) Bachelor Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Turin, Faculty of Pharmacy summa cum laude
• (31/12/2003) PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology
• (2003-2004) Visiting Scientist at The William Harvey Research Institute, Centre for Experimental Medicine,Nephrology & Critical Care, Barts and The London, Queen Marys School of Medicine and Dentistry, London (UK)
• (2002-2014) Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dept. Drug Science and Technology, University of Turin (Italy)

Omorogieva Ojo, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Primary Care
Faculty of Education and Health
University of Greenwich
Room G308
Avery Hill Campus, Avery Hill Road
London. SE9 2UG, UK

Dr. Omorogieva Ojo is a Senior Lecturer in primary care at the University of Greenwich, London. He is the coordinator of the Diabetes Care and Management course for post registration nurses and Patient Pathways of Care for pre-registration participants.
He teaches diabetes and nutrition related topics in different courses across the School of Health and Social care and conducts study days in collaboration with partner organisations outside the University. He is a link lecturer for students attending clinical placement in various community settings and also the Professional Tutorial Group Leader for students, providing academic and pastoral support to these students.
Dr. Ojo supervises undergraduate, Masters and PhD research students. His research interests are in diabetes and clinical nutrition. These are reflected in his publications and conference presentations. Dr. Ojos work is recognised both nationally and internationally and he has been a keynote speaker at the NNNG conference, a reviewer for Journals, Editor of Journals and sits on the Editorial Board on a number of International Journals.
He has previously held the post of Lead Nutrition Specialist, rising to the position of Acting Service Lead of the Home Enteral Nutrition Team in Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust. His duties and responsibilities included:
• Providing nutritional support to enteral tube fed patients in the community
• Management, Teaching, Training and Mentoring of community nurses, students, carers and patients on home enteral nutrition.
• Conducting risk assessment, research and clinical audits.
• Developing home enteral nutrition team policy for the Primary Care Trust.
Dr. Ojo has also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Science, University of Greenwich. His duties and responsibilities included:
• Conducting research on the effect of diet and exercise on overweight and obese subjects in the community.
• Providing support to undergraduate and post graduate research students including PhD students undertaking research.

Bernard C. Szirth, PhD

Director, Tele-Ocular Program
Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Doctors Office Center, Suite 6100
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Jersey Medical School
90 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103, USA

Dr. Szirth is the Director of the TeleHealth Program at the New Jersey Medical School. He is responsible for the Vision Threatening Diseases screening community base program at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science in Newark, New Jersey. He has lectured extensively over the past 30 years in 22 Countries around the World and has published over 60 papers in English, Japanese and Spanish. He holds 4 International Patents in the field of eye care including a super wide angle retinal camera; RetCam. Ben Szirth is also a consultant to Canon Medical Systems (USA) and Canon Inc (Japan).

Godwin K. Simon, MD, FRCP

Consultant Physician of Acute Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Trust
Nethermayne, SS165NL, UK


FRCP 2013 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons,Glasgow
CCT 2009 Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board,UK
MRCP 2004 Royal College of Physicians, UK
MD General Medicine 1998 PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
M.B.B.S 1994 Medical College Thrissur,University of Calicut, India


Consultant Posts

1/10/2013-Present Consultant Physician, AcuteMedicine,Diabetes & Endocrinology Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital, Basildon,UK
24/02/2010-30/9/2013 Consultant Physician,AcuteMedicine,Diabetes & Endocrinology Southend University Hospital, Westcliff -on-sea, UK
29/8/2009-23/2/2010 Consultant Physician, Diabetes Endocrinology (Locum), Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn

Rajakrishnan Veluthakal, PhD

Department of Opthalmology
Kresge Eye Institute
162,Dorchester drive, Apartment 187
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307, USA

Dr. Veluthakal is a Seasoned and remarkably astute scientist with extensive knowledge and background in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and pathology honed from more than 12 years of experience in the field of diabetes. Display the capability to identify various technical issues in the system flow and recommend sound and efficient resolutions to problems. Possess solid interpersonal skills as exemplified by the ability to work well with professionals of diverse backgrounds and levels and adeptness in liaising between an organization and various academic laboratories.

Ines Slim, MD, MSc, PhD

General Secretary of the Tunisian
Endocrine Society (STEDIAM)
Consultant & Assistant Professor in Diabetes & Endocrinology
Farhat Hached University Hospital, Sousse, Tunisia
Ibn Jazzar Faculty of Medicine, University of Sousse, Tunisia

• Dr. Slim is Consultant & Assistant Professor in Diabetes & Endocrinology since 2010 in:o Department of Endocrinology in FarhatHached University Hospital, Sousse, Tunisia o IbnJazzar Faculty of Medicine, University of Sousse, Tunisia
• She has been awarded with distinction by Cardiff University (UK) for Post-graduate diploma in diabetes in 2010
• She has been awarded with distinction by University of South Wales (UK) for MSc in Diabetes (supported by IDF) in 2014
• She obtained many other Postgraduate Diplomas in Pituitary diseases (University of Paris XI, France, 2008), in Reproduction (University of Paris VI, 2009), in anti-infectious chimiotherapy (University of Sousse, Tunisia, 2010), in Medical Computing (University of Sousse, Tunisia, 2010), and in nutrition (University of Sfax, Tunisia, 2014)
• She is following PhD studies in Pharmaceutic Sciences since 2013 (research field :Pharmacogenetics in diabetes), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Monastir, Tunisia
• She is Honorary Tutor in the Postgraduate Diploma/ Certificate in Diabetes (supported by BMJ group) since 2011, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK

Dimiter Dimitrov, MD, PhD

Consultant Endocrinologist
Diavita Ltd
Varna, Bulgaria

• 2003 – 12.2005 Endocrinology Specialty, University Hospital Varna, Bulgaria
• 2002 – 09.2002 PostDoc Human Nutrition, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
• 06. 1999 – 11. 2002 Ph.D. in Endocrinology and Metabolic diseases, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria
• 01.1998 – 12. 2003 Internal Diseases Specialty, University Hospital Varna, Bulgaria
• 09. 1991 – 09.1997 Medical Doctor (MD), Medical University Varna, Bulgaria


• 2012 – present Consultant Endocrinologist Diavita Ltd
• 2000–2006 Department of Endocrinology, University Hospital Varna, Bulgaria
• 2007 – 2010 AstraZeneca R&D Sweden

Maria Zannikou, PhD

Researcher and Clinical associate of Evangelismos Hospital
Pandrosou 43, 17564
Paleo Faliro, Athens

Dr. Zannikou is a Medical Neuropsychologist at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece. She received her BSc of Honours in Psychology 2009 and MSc in Health Psychology 2011 from University of Hertfordshire Hatfield-London-UK and nowadays, she is in the final year of PhD in Neuroscience expected by December to 2015.
Until now, she had worked as a researcher at Aigintio, ErrikosDinan, and Gennimatas Neurological Department Research on Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis patients, the effect of neuropsychological state on memory and locus of control and Ippokratio Hospital A research on Diabetes type I and II The effect of illness perception, eating experience nutrition and the usage of Nutritionists in the patients well being and The effect of Counselling on Patients with Diabetes type I and II in Athens Greece. The mentioned researches were presented in European 25th Conference of Health Psychology and Greek Conferences 4th Conference of Health Psychology and 4thConference of Counselling.
She has also worked as Health Psychologist Counselling Cancer- patients in Oncological Day Clinic of Metropolitan Hospital and she run a research concerning the cooling cup usage during chemotherapy research on issues such as body image, trait and state theory and the use of cooling cup. After that, she worked at Onassis Cardiac Clinic OCC as Health Psychologist and she was using Eclectic Psychotherapy in mothers that their children had diagnosed with Contigenal Heart Disease CHD. She was, also offering preoperative preparation and postoperative support to both children diagnosed with CHD and their siblings. Nowadays she is running researches on Vad and CHD at OCC pilot survey, qualitative and quantitative research.
During the time she was working at OCC she started her PhD Jenuary 2012 in Neuroscience and eventually got a position at Evaggelismos Hospital.
Dr. Maria Zannikou is a Clinical Associate in the department of Controlling Pain in Patients and a researcher of Neurological Department inEvangelismos Hospital. She is working on projects concerning Multiple Sclerosis, the cerebral topography of the demyelinating foci and the effect of new types of medications in brain-atrophy.

Andrew C. Shin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutritional Science
College of Human Science
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

Dr. Shin received his PhD in Neuroscience at Michigan State University in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was on leptin insensitivity in the brainstem and dysregulation of the HPA axis in rats. Dr. Shin did his first postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Hans-Rudolf Berthoud at Pennington Biomedical Research Center until 2011 where he studied the underlying mechanisms of Roux-en-Y gatric bypass (RYGB) surgery in rats. He demonstrated RYGB-induced changes in meal patterns, hormonal responses, and food reward behaviors in rats that are found to be similar to those reported in human patients. He completed his second postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Christoph Buettner at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2013 and was promoted to an Instructor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine. His current NIH grant examines the role of brain insulin in the control of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolism.

Sho-ichi Yamagishi, MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of Diabetic Vascular Complications
Kurume University School of Medicine
830-0011 Fukuoka Prefecture
Kurume, Asahimachi 67, Japan

Dr. Yamagishi is a Professor and Chairman of Department of Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of Diabetic Vascular Complications, Kurume University School of Medicine, Japan. He has received a PhD from Kanazawa University, Japan in 1993. He received Angiogenesis Stem Cell Award from AHA in 2003, Distinguished Investigator Award from Japan Diabetes Society in 2005, and Research Award from Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine in 2012.

Guray Guven, PhD

Research Scientist
New Product Research & Development
Conductive Technologies Inc.
935 Borom Road, York, PA 17404, USA

Presently Dr. Guven is working as a Research Scientist at Conductive Technologies, Inc. (York, PA), which offers extensive product development to enable the next generation of medical and diagnostic electrochemical biosensor product designs. His specialties are in the broad areas of medical devices, biosensors, clinical diagnostics, microfluidics and electrochemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY). He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. He has published/presented more than 24 peer-reviewed papers/proceedings. He is editorial board member of Biosensors Journal and Ad Hoc reviewer of several prestigious journals such as Electrochemistry Communications, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Analyst and Analytical Methods.

Manoj K. Gupta, PhD

Research Scientist
Harvard Medical School
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA 02215, USA

Dr. Gupta obtained his PhD from University of Cologne, Germany and presently, he is working as a Research Scientist at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston. His research focuses on exploring the stem cells in the field of diabetes, obesity and metabolism.

Hiroshi Bando, MD, PhD, FACP

Tokushima University
Medical Research
Nakashowa 1-61
Tokushima City 770-0943, Japan

Dr. Bando had graduated from Tokushima University, School of Medicine in 1981. After obtaining the ECFMG certificate, he participated the family practice residency training in United States. He got the degree of Doctors of Medicine in 1989, and engaged in the research of endocrine and metabolic medicine in Tokushima University as an instructor and associate professor. He has been board member and specialist in several medical societies, such as diabetes, primary care, anti-aging medicine, integrated medicine (IM), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), music therapy and sport medicine. Besides medicine, he has been a pianist with the award of silver medal in the European International Piano Concours (EIPIC) in Japan (2013), and an athlete with award of gold medal in in-line skate and athletic games in Japan.

Kevin Peter Shotliff, FRCP (UK), MD, DCH

Consultant Physician
Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital;
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Imperial College London
Chelsea, London, UK


• (1982-1987) St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London
• (July 1987) MBBS, University of London
• (November 1989) Diploma of Child Health (DCH)
• (July 1991) Membership of the Royall College of Physicians MRCP (UK)
• (May 2002) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London)
• (May 1996) Degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD)
• (May 1997) Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training
• (September 2001) Certificate of Teaching (South West Thames Deanery)


• (31 March 2003-Present) Consultant Physician (General Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology) Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, UK
• (February 2004-Present) Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Brampton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK
• (August 2009-Present) Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London, UK
• (June 2008-Present) Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London, UK