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Bristol researcher awarded RD Lawrence Fellowship Award

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A Bristol researcher has been awarded £587,237 by us to find out why people withType 2 diabetesare more likely to develop some cancers.

Dr Emma Vincent, pictured above, who works at the University of Bristol has been awarded our RD Lawrence Fellowship, set up in recognition of the life and work of the late Dr RD Lawrence, co-founder of Diabetes UK.

Dr Vincent worked in diabetes research as part of her PhD, but it was only when a close family member had to have part of a foot amputated as a result of the condition that she realised the full importance of diabetes research.

The focus for her work will be to investigate changes which happen inside the body when someone has Type 2 diabetes that may encourage certain cancers, such as pancreatic, liver and endometrial cancers, to develop. Dr Vincent hopes that by understanding these processes, we will be able to find ways to protect people with Type 2 from developing these cancers in the future.

Dr Emma Vincent said: “I am extremely honoured to receive the RD Lawrence Fellowship from Diabetes UK. Diabetes affects so many - people living with the condition and those who are close to them. We need to find new ways to prevent and treat not only the condition itself but the health complications arising from it. Progress on these fronts has the potential to improve many people’s lives.”

When not at work in the University of Bristol’s School of Clinical Sciences, Dr Vincent enjoys cycling and running. She is planning to run the Lisbon Marathon in October in aid of Diabetes UK. Go toEmma Vincent's Just Givingpage to sponsor her. 

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