Leicester has a strong tradition in excellence in diabetes care dating back 60 years to the pioneering work of Doctor Joan Walker, who established the first community diabetes clinics and the first diabetes research nurses in the UK. But it was only 12 years ago that Professor Melanie Davies started in clinical research with the support of one nurse. Since then, Professor Davies and colleague Professor Kamlesh Khunti have developed a talented and diverse team of over 120 researchers, clinicians, and educationalists working together on an innovative research portfolio.
Leicester has a National and International reputation for research excellence. Leicester Diabetes Centre is leading or collaborating in a number of major studies including DESMOND Diabetes Studies, the Let’s Prevent & PROPELS studies, diabetes screening studies, INVOLVE study and multinational ADDITION, ORIGIN, NAVIGATOR and HOPE 3 studies. Results from many of these studies have made an impact on policy including the Department of Health Vascular Health Checks Programme and the NICE Guidance on Early Detection and Prevention of Diabetes in High Risk Populations.
To undertake our research we have successfully acquired funding NIHR grants including a local CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and BRU (Biomedical Research Unit) in Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.
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