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Dr.Sarah Chechakunel Thomas Abraham Clinical Sciences Department Academic RankAssociate Professor

Specialization:

  • Pediatric endocrinology

Research Interests:

  • Growth, Type 1 diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Metabolic bone disorders

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MBBS, Diploma in Child Health, Diplomate National Board(Pediatrics), PhD(Paed endo)
Permanent Faculty (Professor) at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, currently in University of Sharjah on sabbatical leave
-Clinician as Pediatric endocrinologist/ general pediatrician -Teaching undergraduates, postgraduates in Pediatrics, specialty trainees in Endocrinology -MD/DCH dissertation guide to postgraduates -PhD guide for Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai, India
•Life member of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) •Life member of Indian Society of Pediatric & Adolescent Endocrinology(ISPAE) •Life member of Asia Pacific Pediatric Endocrine Society(APPES) •Former Executive council member of Indian Society of Pediatric & Adolescent Endocrinology 2010-2012 •Member of International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes(ISPAD) •Formerly a member of the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group(APEG)
-Long term impact of prematurity on glucose metabolism and body composition and blood pressure in two generations -Ideal cord blood TSH level for newborn thyroid screening in South India -Long term impact of subclinical congenital hypothyroidism on the growth and neurodevelopment of young children -Growth & body composition of children born SGA & LGA vs AGA at 5 & 10 years of age -The prevalence of impaired GTT in siblings of children with Type 1 diabetes.
-Mathai S, Cutfield WS, Hofman PL et al. Insulin sensitivity and β-cell function in adults born preterm and their children. Diabetes 2012;61: 2479-2483 -Mathai S, Cutfield WS, Hofman PL et al. (2013) Increased Adiposity in Adults Born Preterm and Their Children. PLoS ONE 8(11): November 2013. -Mathai S, Cutfield WS, Hofman P et al. “A novel therapeutic paradigm to treat congenital hypothyroidism”. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2008 Jul;69(1):142-7. -Mathai S, Derraik JSB, Hofman PL et al. Blood pressure abnormalities in adults born moderately preterm and their children. Int J of Cardiology Nov 2014;181C:152-54 Mathai. S, Raghupathy.P. Fluid & Electrolyte Management of Endocrine Disorders in Childhood”, Indian Journal of Practical Paediatrics, 2004; 6(2)
-Guide: Motivational intervention using smartphone app in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes with poor glycemic control. -Guide: Factors affecting growth in children on growth hormone therapy -Guide: Correlation between insulin and IGF-1 levels in term SGA babies -Co-guide : Study to determine the prevalence, risk factors, perception of child and the parent regarding obesity and to determine the effectiveness of school health programme in the reduction of BMI and health related factors among adolescents in Vellore city -Co-investigator: Effects of rapid feeding on body composition of children with severe acute malnutrition fed with home based versus ready to use feeds
1.Secured 4th rank in the University of Mysore in Final MBBS degree examination 1989 2.Won Best Researcher award for 2008 at The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand 3.Was selected to represent Asia Pacific region at the Joint Meeting of LWPES/ESPE/APEG/JSPE/SLEP Global Care in Pediatric Endocrinology in New York in 2009 and present my research paper “Intergenerational effects of prematurity”
Clinician, Teacher, Researcher
The ultimate aim of teaching (any subject) should be to produce good human beings, responsible citizens who are useful to the society. Therefore along with teaching the subject/ specialty, we should focus on character development as well- honesty, commitment, dedication etc.
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