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Dr Sandro Vella

Publications


i) Peer reviewed articles


  1. An 'old' drug with a 'new' beginning.  Vella S. Metformin revisited -  Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice 2013; 19: 12-15
  2. What to add in with metformin in type 2 diabetes? Petrie J.R., Adler A., Vella S.  QJM 2011; 104 (3):185-192
  3. Metformin in type 1 diabetes reduces insulin requirements without significantly improving glycaemic control.  Vella S., Buetow L., Royle P., Livingstone S., Petrie J.R.  Reply to Schatz H [letter]. Diabetologia. 2011; 54(1): 203-204
  4. Macrovascular disease: pathogenesis and risk assessment. Vella S., Petrie J. R.  Medicine 2010; 38 (11): 626-631
  5. The use of metformin in type 1 diabetes: a systematic review of efficacy.  Vella S., Buetow L., Royle P., Livingstone S., Colhoun H.M., Petrie J.R.  Diabetologia 2010; 53:809–820
  6. Charcot neuroarthropathy: pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management. Vella S., Cachia M.J.  Malta Medical Journal 2007; 20(3):13-19
  7. Starvation and the development of the metabolic syndrome. Savona-Ventura C, Zammit K. Vella S.   International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism 2007; 15:1-3


ii) Peer reviewed abstract publications


Abstracts presented at the 8th Malta Medical School Conference:

  1. Vella S., Bezzina M., Fava S. Surrogate markers of insulin resistance predict type 1 diabetes incidence rates at a population level. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 83
  2. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Hypoglycaemia and driving – an audit of insulin treated Maltese diabetes drivers. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 2-3
  3. Vella S., Scerri C.A., Cachia M.J. Infertility in a male patient with beta thalassemia major – a case report. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 188
  4. Vella S., Agius R., Bezzina M., Cassar P.J., Pocock J., Attard A., Cachia M.J. An unusual endocrine cause of voluminous diarrhoea – a case report. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 189
  5. Vella S., Grima C., Farrugia D. Improving standards of care in the perioperative setting – preliminary data on the introduction of evidence-based recommendations targeting glycaemic control. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 154
  6. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Piscopo T. , Mallia Azzopardi C. Diabetic myonecrosis – a rare complication with potentially serious consequencies. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 187
  7. Bezzina M., Vella S., Cachia M.J. The clinical validity of measuring a 60 minute cortisol level at synacthen test for suspected adrenal insufficiency. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 30
  8. Mangion R., Vella S., Caruana M., Cassar A., Vassallo J. Relationship between thyroid status and clinical outcomes in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome.  Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 81
  9. Bigeni J., Vella S., Muscat-Baron Y., Sammut M.V.,  Portanier Mifsud M., Cachia M.J.. Exploring the relationship between bone mineral density and Charcot foot – exploratory results from a Maltese cohort. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 159
  10. Azzopardi C., Bigeni J., Camilleri K.P., Vella S., Muscat-Baron Y., Cachia M.J. The methodology for a three dimensional kinematic study of gait in Charcot neuroarthropathy. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 209-210
  11. Busutiil J., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Lack of relationship between glycaemic control and response to bisphosphonates in active Charcot neuroarthropathy. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 30
  12. Busutiil J., Vella S., Muscat-Baron Y., Cachia M.J. Digital thermographic imaging – a potential novel monitoring approach in Charcot neuroarthropahy. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 187
  13. Rizzo C., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Refractory hypocalcaemia complicating metastatic prostatic carcinoma – a case report. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 190
  14. Vella K., Vella S., Savona Ventura C. Retrospective analysis of endocrine disorders in the Maltese pregnant population. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 33
  15. Vella K., Vella S., Savona Ventura C., Mamo J. Retrospective analysis of teenage pregnancies in Malta. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 160-161
  16. Agius R., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) – a review in a Maltese cohort. Malta Medical Journal, 2012; 24(suppl.): 154-155
  17. Agius R., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Osteopenia in a type 1 diabetic patient – a case of multiple pathologies? Malta Medical Journal 2012; 24(suppl.): 187-188
  18. Agius R., Vella S., Cachia M.J. A case of severe uncontrolled hypertension secondary to dual pathology. Malta Medical Journal 2012; 24(suppl.): 188-189

 

Oral poster presentations at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference (London, March-April 2011)

  1. Busuttil J., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Lack of relationship between glycaemic control and response to bisphosphonates in active Charcot neuroarthropathy. Diabetic Medicine 2011; 28 (Suppl 1): 138
  2. Zhou K., Vella S., Palmer C.N., Pearson E.R. CYP2C8 variants reduce thiazolidinedione induced weight gain and glycaemic response. Diabetic Medicine 2011; 28 (Suppl 1): 53-54

Abstract presented as a poster during the 46th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (Stockholm – 20-24th September 2010) 

  1. Zhou K., Burch L., Vella S., Palmer C.N.A., Pearson E.R. Cyp2c8 variant reduce the therapeutic response to thiazolidinediones – a Go-Darts study. Diabetologia 2010; 53: (Suppl1): S133.


Speedy data presentation, as well as oral poster presentation at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference (Liverpool, March 2010)

  1. Vella S., Buetow L., Royle P., Livingstone S., Colhoun, H.M., Petrie, J.R. What are the effects of metformin in type 1 diabetes? A systematic review. Diabetic Medicine 2010; 27, Suppl 1:33, 160



Oral poster presentation at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference (Glasgow, March 2009)


  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vassallo J., Huber J.W., Jeanes Y. Thyroid dysfunction in a Maltese type 2 diabetes population. Diabetic Medicine 2009; 26, Suppl 1:118

 

Abstracts presented at the 6th Malta Medical School Conference: 

  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J. A pilot evaluation study assessing adherence to recommendations for avoidance of hypoglycaemia in insulin treated Maltese diabetic drivers. Malta Medical Journal 2006; 18 (suppl): 21
  2. Vella S., Cachia M.J. A pilot evaluation study assessing adherence to recommendations for avoidance of hypoglycaemia in insulin treated Maltese diabetic drivers. Malta Medical Journal 2006; 18 (suppl): 21
  3. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Charcot foot: an often misdiagnosed diabetic complication. Malta Medical Journal 2006, 18 (suppl): .21
  4. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Audit of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia diagnosed at an endocrine outpatients clinic. Malta Medical Journal 2006; 18 (suppl): 23
  5. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vella, N. Insulin induced fatal hypoglycaemia in a type I diabetic with polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type II. Malta Medical Journal 2006; 18 (suppl): 53
  6. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Lack of sunlight exposure causing hypocalcaemia in a sun drenched archipelago. Malta Medical Journal 2006; 18 (suppl): 53 
  7. Zammit K, Savona-Ventura C, Vella S. Starvation and the development of the Metabolic Syndrome. Malta Medical Journal, 2006; 18(suppl.): 66

Presentations at other international meetings


Oral case study presentation at the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Update 2012 meeting held at the Holiday Inn,, Stratford upon Avon,, UK between the 5th and the 7th November 2012

  1. Vella S., Agius R., Cachia M.J. Voluminous diarrhoea and profound hypokalaemia – a case report.
  2. Rizzo R., Vella S., Cachia M.J. Multifactorial severe hypocalcaemia.*
* awarded the Clinical Endocrinology Trust (CET) prize at this conference

Abstract presented at the Society for Endocrinology Regional Clinical Cases Meeting, held at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford on 10th July 2012


  1. Agius R., Vella S., Cachia M. A case of severe uncontrolled hypertension secondary to dual pathology
  2. Agius R., Vella S., Cachia M. Osteopenia in a type 1 diabetic patient – a case of multiple pathologies ?
  3. Abstract presented at the 2012 European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, organised by the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG), held between the 9th and 12th May, 2012 in Talinn, Estonia
  4. Vella K., Vella S., Savona-Ventura C. Retrospective analysis of endocrine disorders in the Maltese pregnant population.
  5. Vella K., Vella S., Savona-Ventura C., Mamo J. Retrospective analysis of teenage pregnancies in Malta


Oral case study presentation at the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Update 2011 meeting held at the Hilton Sheffield Hotel, Sheffield, UK between the 7th and the 9th November 2011


  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J Infertility in a male patient with beta thalassemia major – a case report

Abstract presentation at the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Update 2010 meeting held at the Hilton Sheffield Hotel, Sheffield, UK between the 7th and the 9th November 2011


  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Cushing’s syndrome antedates treatment with glucocorticoids for benign intracranial hypertension – a case report.

Oral presentation at the Diabetes and Endocrine Update (Mater Dei Hospital, Malta, 25-26th February 2011)


  1. Insulin resistance, metformin and type 1 diabetes: is it a time of real change?

Oral case study presentation at the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Update 2010 meeting held at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol, UK between the 8th and the 10th November 2010

  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J. Intractable hypertension secondary to 11-beta hydroxylase deficiency remits during pregnancy: a case report

Oral presentation at the spring meeting of the Scottish Society for Experimental Medicine (Aberdeen, 29th May 2009):

  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vassallo J., Huber J.W., Jeanes Y. Relationship of thyroid function with anthropometric parameters in a Maltese type 2 diabetes population


Poster presentation at the spring meeting of the Scottish Society for Experimental Medicine (Aberdeen, 29th May, 2009):    


  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vassallo J., Huber J.W., Jeanes Y. The effects of metformin on thyroid function

 

Oral poster presentations at the 11th Congress of the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes (Malta, April 2009)


  1. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vassallo J., Huber J.W., Jeanes Y. Relationship of thyroid function with anthropometric parameters in a Maltese type 2 diabetes population
  2. Vella S., Cachia M.J., Vassallo J., Huber J.W., Jeanes Y. The effects of metformin on thyroid function


 

Abstract presented at the 4th International Symposium on Diabetes and Pregnancy held between the 29th and 31st March, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey

  1. Savona-Ventura C, Zammit K, Vella S. Starvation and the development of the Metabolic Syndrome. Program and Abstracts – 4th International Symposium on Diabetes and pregnancy March 29-31, 2007, Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey, 2007; 32


 

Abstract presented at the 10th Meeting for the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes held between the 26th and 29th April, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey.


  1. Savona-Ventura C, Zammit K, Vella S. Starvation and the development of the Metabolic Syndrome. Scientific Programme & abstracts. 10th Meeting for the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes, April 26-29, 2007, Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey, 2007; 32


 

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