Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group
Alexia Peña Vargas
Dr Alexia Peña is a Paediatrician originally trained in Colombia, South America. She migrated to Australia in 2000 to complete her training in Paediatric Endocrinology (FRACP). She completed her PhD in 2008 examining early markers of cardiovascular disease in children with type 1 diabetes and obesity. Her research in childhood vascular health has been published in high impact factor journals and has been presented nationally and internationally. She is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide and a Staff Specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Professor Esko Wiltshire completed his undergraduate training in Medicine at the University of Otago, graduating in 1989 (MBChB with distinction), then worked as a house surgeon/SHO in the greater Wellington region, including the Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Diploma in Paediatrics, before completing basic paediatric training and the FRACP examinations. He undertook advanced training in general paediatrics, followed by paediatric endocrinology and metabolic disease, in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed his doctorate during this time, investigating early vascular disease in children with diabetes, before returning to Wellington in 2001 as a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Otago Wellington and Paediatrician/Paediatric Endocrinologist for CCDHB. He has overseen the development of services in Paediatric endocrinology and diabetes since 2001, and extended research initiatives in this area. He enjoys teaching medical students, particularly in clinical contexts, but also in the integration of foundational sciences (esp biochemistry and physiology) with clinical medicine, something which is a key component of his clinical work.