Diana Sherifali

The seventh annual cohort of the World Heart Federation (WHF) Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders program – with a special focus on diabetes – includes Diana Sherifali, PHRI Associate Investigator. She was nominated by PHRI Executive Director, Salim Yusuf, who developed the program in 2014 when he was WHF president.

As well as an Associate Professor, McMaster University’s School of Nursing, and clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes care and research program at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), Diana is the inaugural Heather M. Arthur PHRI/HHS Chair in Inter-Professional Health Research at McMaster.

“By participating in the immersive and intense program offered by the WHF,” says Diana, “I gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist globally in cardiovascular and diabetes health, particularly in low and middle-income countries.”

She and seven of her 2020 cohort peers are exploring the role of peer support to prevent cardiovascular disease in adults living with type 2 diabetes. The cohort comprises of a total of 25 individuals (healthcare practitioners, researchers, and global health advocates) from 17 countries on five continents.

Diana and other WHF Emerging Leaders met at the University of Lisbon School of Medicine in late October 2021 (a year delayed due to the pandemic). Here are some of the resulting tweets that came out of those five days of meetings.

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