Diabetes UK would like to congratulate Professor Melanie Davies, who has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Services to diabetes research
Professor Melanie Davies from the University of Leicester has been responsible for major advances in diabetes and receives the award for services to diabetes research. Professor Davies was appointed in 1996 as a full-time NHS Consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary and recruited her first research nurse in 1998. With increasing success the team grew and Professor Davies took up an appointment with the University of Leicester as Professor of Diabetes Medicine in 2007. Working alongside Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor Davies has built up the Leicester Diabetes Centre team with more than 140 people currently carrying out over 40 studies designed to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
A global expert
Professor Davies is still a practising hospital Consultant at Leicester General Hospital and last summer was listed among the top ten global diabetes experts. Professor Davies has worked closely with Diabetes UK over the years, including chairing the charity’s conference organising committee and being involved on several other committees. Professor Davies said: “This award means a lot because it is recognition for a significant amount of hard work and determination in turning a vision into reality and I would like to acknowledge the great team with which I am fortunate to work". She said: “Research is about looking at gaps in clinical knowledge and solving these problems by applying new methods, then testing and measuring what really makes a difference, rather than continuing to do things the same way.” Professor Davies lives in Scraptoft, Leicester, with her husband Andrew and their three children.