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Diabetes UK appoints new Director of Research


Diabetes UK has today announced the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Robertson as our new Director of Research.  

Elizabeth, who takes up the role on Monday 4 April, is currently Director of Research at Breast Cancer Now and before that she was Director of Research, Policy and Information at Breakthrough Breast Cancer.  Prior to that she worked at Cancer Research UK, having joined the sector from the world of Higher Education where she held posts including Dean of the Graduate of Research School at Teesside University after training as a basic scientist, completing a PhD in Cell Biology at Queen Mary. More recently she has completed a Sloan Masters at London Business School, University of London.

Setting a vision for diabetes research

Elizabeth will lead Diabetes UK in the delivery of its ambitious Research Strategy, which sets out a vision for extending the impact and influence of diabetes research, so that the very best research ideas and projects in diabetes can result in positive change for those with or at risk of diabetes.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Elizabeth joins Diabetes UK at a very exciting time as, building on our strong track record in research, our strategy drives us forward to ensure research is carried out into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications, so that we improve the lives of those living with and at risk of this serious, complex health condition. Affecting 415 million people globally, diabetes is the fastest growing health problem of our time, and with this number set to rise to nearly 650 million by 2040 the need for research into diabetes has never been more urgent.

“We are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research, and as pioneers of research into diabetes for over 80 years we have been directly involved in many of the research breakthroughs which have changed our understanding and treatment of diabetes over that time. I am delighted to welcome Elizabeth to our team, and am confident that her skills and experience will be invaluable as we strive to radically change the outlook of those affected by or at risk of diabetes through research. It is only through research that we can better understand the cause of diabetes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention, and ultimately get closer to finding a cure.”

Elizabeth said, “I am delighted and honoured to be joining Diabetes UK. The charity is so well-respected and influential and has played such a key role in advancing our understanding of diabetes. I look forward to working with the team to drive forward the ambitious research strategy, to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and ultimately prevent this devastating condition.”

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