We ‘re putting the spotlight on our extensive research programme, urging people with diabetes to get involved in International Clinical Trials Day on Saturday 20 May.
We’re dedicated to supporting cutting-edge diabetes research and improving the lives of people with diabetes. We’ve been funding ground-breaking research for longer than 80 years which has been instrumental in improving diabetes care and moving us closer to a cure. New treatments and therapies can only be made available thanks to clinical trials.
Diabetes UK’s Director of Research Dr Elizabeth Robertson said: “Research plays a vital role in helping us to know diabetes, and fight diabetes. This International Clinical Trials Day we not only recognise the achievements of our amazing researchers, but also people with diabetes who put themselves forward and take part.
“They are real pioneers of new medicine and technology, helping to push diabetes care and treatment forward. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who runs, participates, helps with or supports clinical trials for the amazing work they do.”
Pat Mooney from Cheltenham said:
“For me, participating in clinical trials is rewarding on a number of levels. I’ve gained a much deeper understanding of my own condition, I’ve met very enthusiastic scientists and I feel I’ve contributed to research to improve care for people with Type 1 diabetes.”
“After the trials, I always come away inspired and confident that everyone involved in research truly has our interests in the forefront of everything they do. And researchers need our help to test, evaluate, and improve the new devices and treatments.”
Pat is a member of Diabetes UK Grants Advisory Panel, a group of people with diabetes who help Diabetes UK decide what research to fund. He is also a strong advocate for involving people in research. He has recently been awarded the Alan Nabarro medal for living with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years and has participated in several clinical trials.
Go to www.diabetes.org.uk/research/take-part-in-research to find out more about clinical trials.