Feny Patel

Associate Diabetologist at Diacare – Diabetes and Hormone Clinic, 1 & 2 Gandhi Park, near Nehrunagar Cross Road, Ambavadi, Ahmedabad 380015, Gujarat, India.

How did you become interested in research relating to Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease?

I work as an Associate Diabetologist. In my day-to-day practice I see many diabetic patients (type I, type II) with many different reasons for their fluctuating BP, and also patients with cardiovascular disease. So I became keen to do some research about hypertension in diabetic patients, and the prevalence of hypertension in Diabetes Mellitus.

Describe your research & the program/lab (info of your supervisor) that you are in?

Under the leadership of Dr Banshi Saboo, we are studying the variation of BP in different individuals in relationship to different causes, with the help of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring.

What do you consider to be your substantial scientific contribution so far (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?

With the guidance of Dr Banshi Saboo, we are investigating all the possible points in fluctuating BP, but our focus is more on variability in BP related to emotional changes in Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. Additionally, the effect of circadian rhythm on BP variations – a branch of chronomedicine is one of my fields of interest.

What is your favourite manuscript from a lab or mentor other than your own (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?

My favourite manuscript is “Association between the office, visit-to-visit and 24-hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure and vascular damages in the elderly” by Zheng XM (PMID 27530949).

Where do your research strengths lie? Why? What are your research weaknesses? How will you improve?

My strengths are that I love my work whatever I do, my work ethics, my colleague and friend Dr Dhruvi who always gives me motivation. I also enjoy research work because we can understand the importance of the diseases and their causes. Dedication and a ‘never give up’ attitude is my biggest strength.  My weaknesses are not enough manpower and not very co-operative patients in my work. I am trying to find solutions to these.

Describe your unforgettable (proudest) moment in science, and the most challenging situation that you have had to overcome (lessons learnt) so far?

Life  is full of challenges and always makes you learn. I have learned something from all the turns in my life and they all are unforgettable.

At which conference did you first present? How was your experience?

I made my first presentation at the 6th World Congress on Diabetes in Chennai in 2015. It was a highly knowledgeable conference and I was extremely nervous with my presentation because of the high-level audience there. My colleagues and friends really encouraged me in making my presentation. It was an honor for me to present my talk in such a major conference.

How did you learn about ISH/NIN and its activities?

My mentor Dr Banshi Saboo was in contact with Dr Anuj Maheshwari and Dr Narsingh Verma who organized the ISH Teaching Seminar in India this time (1st ISH Summer School on Hypertension in the India Subcontinent), so knowing my interest in the subject,  they gave me the opportunity of participating in the event in Lucknow, India (14-19 August 2016).

What area(s) do you wish to specialize in the future?

I would like to continue my work in the variability of BP in diabetic patients because it is also an important factor leading to many co-morbid conditions in patients. My interest is to find further links between Chronomedicine / variation of BP / glucose variability.

Who is your role model in Science? Why?

I am been fortunate to work with Dr Banshi Saboo and also lucky to have a very good friend in Dr Dhruvi. They inspire me with my work  and also guide me in all situations, they believe in me and also make me believe in myself! They help me with all the research work and push me and encourage me to stand on any platform – research or clinical.

What are your scientific goals? Advice for talented emerging scientists?

I am exactly in the field I want to be in and want to continue in same way, with different goals. My advice to all talented emerging scientists is never stop believing in yourself and never give up under any circumstances; just keep on trying until you achieve your goals.