European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology
Professor Mehul Dattani is currently Head of Paediatric Endocrinology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Institute of Child Health (ICH). He has an active clinical practice encompassing all areas of paediatric and adolescent endocrinology at GOSH and UCLH.
Professor Dattani qualified in Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, London. He trained in paediatric endocrinology and was awarded an MD at UCL for his work on the optimization of a novel bioassay for the estimation of serum growth hormone (GH). He then obtained post-doctoral experience at the Medical Research Council (MRC) National Institute for Medical Research where he identified the first gene to be associated with septo-optic dysplasia. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Institute of Child Health, promoted to Reader in 2004, and then to Professor in 2006.
He was the Chair of the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED), and Chair-Elect of the Programme Organizing Committee of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), with a position on the Council of ESPE.
Anita C.S. Hokken-Koelega is Professor and Head of Pediatric Endocrinology Department at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam and the Netherlands. She supervises endocrine research and large multicenter trials in the Netherlands, and is Director of the Dutch Growth Research Foundation. She was a Chair of the Strategic and Finance Committee of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE). Her research focuses on endocrine and metabolic effects of acute and chronic illness in children, growth disorders and GH treatment in children with short stature due to chronic illness, born SGA, and in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome. She is also involved in the development of advanced growth-prediction models and growth charts (Growth Analyser). Professor Hokken-Koelega has published approx. 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has received the ASPASIA Award (The Netherlands Research Institute), the Endocrinology Award (Dutch Endocrine Society) and the European Society Pediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) Research Award 2011.