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Tell us your views on diabetes research

People living with diabetes are diabetes experts in their own right, whether they have the condition themselves or are a parent or carer of someone who does.

Diabetes UK draws on this expertise throughout the research-funding process by considering the experiences of people affected by diabetes and getting their insights into the day-to-day challenges involved.

Grants Advisory Panel

Grants Advisory Panel members

One way we do this is through our Grants Advisory Panel (GAP) – 15 people with diabetes, their parents and other people who care for them. We work hard to make sure that people of different ages, backgrounds, ethnic groups and different types of diabetes from across the UK are represented in this group.

The panel comes together before each meeting of the Diabetes UK Research Committee to discuss the grant applications we have received. Members of GAP comment on each application from their own perspective, highlighting issues such as the relevance and value of the work to people living with diabetes.

Three members of the panel then provide feedback at Research Committee meetings, where points raised by GAP are discussed further and taken into consideration.

Overall, this robust process ensures that we spend our funds in the best possible way – on the research of the highest scientific quality that has the greatest potential to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

For more detailed information about the research-funding process at Diabetes UK, please see our For researchers section.

Science and Research Advisory Group

The Diabetes UK Science and Research Advisory Group monitors our current Research Strategy and identifies and prioritises the key areas we support through our Targeted Research Fund.

To register your interest in applying to join the Science and Research Advisory Group, please contact

As of April 2018

Scientific Members:

  • Professor Stephanie Amiel, King’s College London (Chair)
  • Professor Costanza Emanueli, Imperial College London
  • Ms Katie Gray, Derby Teaching Hospital NHS
  • Dr Lee Roberts, University of Leeds
  • Dr Martin Rutter, The University of Manchester 
  • Professor James Shaw, Newcastle University
  • Professor Andrew Hattersley, University of Exeter
  • Professor Nick Wareham, University of Cambridge 
  • Maria Padfield, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Lay members:

  • Sarah Gibbs
  • Roy Johnson
  • Alastair Smith
  • Pat Mooney
  • Dave Duff

Get in touch

We also actively encourage and welcome your comments and suggestions for future research topics at any time.

Please send your comments, views and ideas for research that you believe would make a difference to the lives of people with diabetes to

Or write in (marking your document 'Research topics') to:

Research Department
Diabetes UK
Wells Lawrence House
126 Back Church Lane
E1 1FH

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