New diabetes research training fellowships launched

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Recognising the pioneering research career of Professor Sir George Alberti (pictured right), Diabetes UK has launched a new Fellowship Scheme. The Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship enables NHS employees to work towards a PhD or MD and develop a career in research that will benefit people affected by diabetes. Fellowships are open to both clinically and non-clinically trained individuals.

Considerable influence

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research for Diabetes UK, said, "Sir George Alberti has had an incredible influence on the training of scientists and clinicians in diabetes research.

"Those who have worked with him know that he has always had people visiting his lab to learn new techniques and to undertake research training – many of whom have gone on to be group leaders in their own right. It seemed fit and proper with our new Fellowship that we should recognise George’s considerable influence on the training of those working on diabetes research in the NHS.

"Over a number of years the number of Fellowship applications we receive has fallen at a time when we really need to encourage those working within the NHS to consider research training in diabetes. We looked closely at our Fellowship schemes and have merged them to make it clearer that if you have a job in the NHS and want to train for a PhD (or an MD for medically qualified applicants) then Diabetes UK can help you.

Funding the best candidates

"Clinicians will still be able to apply in the same way they have done before, but this new Fellowship makes it clearer that they can apply for funds to undertake research training. It will also ensure that Diabetes UK funds the best research candidates, no matter what their background qualifications are."

Professor Sir George Alberti

Prof Sir George Alberti is internationally renowned in the field of diabetes research and in the wider medical community. A former President of the International Diabetes Federation, he has been the Chair of Diabetes UK since 2009 and the Chair of King’s College Hospital since 2011.

His long involvement with diabetes has included both research and clinical roles and he has sat on many research committees, including that of Diabetes UK and (from 1988 to 1994) the Steering Committee of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study.

Prof Alberti was also President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1997 to 2002 and the National Director for Emergency Access and Service Reconfiguration from 2002-2009, during which time he was instrumental in shaping healthcare policy towards the management of urgent care and major emergencies. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

Find out more about applying for a Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship.