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Diabetes UK grant awardees in 2017

Every year, Diabetes UK funds exceptional research with the potential to change lives of people with diabetes. Here you can see the list of our 2017 grant awardees.

2017 Personal awards


Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

  • Chewing the fat: gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes and pregnancy outcomes, a multi-site, randomised, controlled interventional study - Dr Claire Meek, University of Cambridge

Sir George Alberti Training Fellowships

  • Ethnic differences in prescribing and both short- and long-term effectiveness of medication for type 2 diabetes, hypertension and lipid-lowering - Dr Sophie Eastwood, University College London
  • Dishabituation as a treatment for Impaired Hypoglycaemia Awareness in Type 1 Diabetes - Dr Catriona Farrell, University of Dundee

RD Lawrence Fellowships

  • The influence of cancer on people with Type 2 diabetes - Dr Emma Vincent, University of Bristol
  • Using human genetics to understand metabolically healthy obesity - Dr Hanieh Yaghootkar, University of Exeter Medical School

PhD Studentships

  • Structure/function studies of GLUT4’s glycan; a novel therapeutic target for diabetes?Professor Nia Bryant, University of York
  • Drug discovery for diabetic kidney disease: using zebrafish as a model - Dr David Long, University College London
  • Inhibition of adipose tissue lipolysis to enhance the effectiveness of a walking programme to improve insulin sensitivity in people with prediabetes - Professor Anton Wagenmakers, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Prediction of T1D in early life using the T1D GRS, biomarkers, demographics and environmental exposures in a combined risk score - Dr Richard Oram, University of Exeter Medical School
  • Disrupting the diagnostic paradigm for gestational diabetes using blood-based Raman spectroscopy - Professor Cathy Thornton, Swansea University

2017 Project awards

Summer Round

Project Grants

  • The metabolomic profile of pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes - Dr Zoe Stewart, University of Cambridge
  • VEGF receptor 2 signalling and retinal vascular leakage - Dr Patric Turowski, University College London
  • Combining clinical features and biomarkers to identify patients with Type 1 diabetes in later life - Dr Angus Jones, University of Exeter Medical School
  • Inhibition of macrophage protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) as a novel therapy for improved wound healing in diabetes - Professor Mirela Delibegovic, University of Aberdeen
  • Reversal of Type 2 diabetes Upon Normalisation of Energy intake in non-obese people (ReTUNE) - Professor Roy Taylor, University of Newcastle
  • Role of Syntaxin4 tyrosine phosphorylation in insulin-sensitivity - Professor Nia Bryant, University of York
  • Glycaemia Trajectories in Type 1 Diabetes and their Association with Complications - Professor Helen Colhoun, University of Edinburgh
  • Pain relief with disease modification by Capsaicin 8% patch: a clinical study in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy - Professor Praveen Anand, Imperial College London
  • Targeting beta-cell GPR56 for maintenance of islet structure and function to improve glucose homeostasis - Professor Shanta Persaud, King's College London
  • Evaluating a decellularised pancreas matrix for islet bioengineering and diabetes therapy - Dr Natasha Hill, Kingston University

Early-Career Small Grants

  • Development of transglutaminase-crosslinked collagen biomaterials as novel dressings for diabetic foot ulcers - Dr Zhuo Wang, Aston University
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance in the Dorsal Vagal Complex - Dr Beatrice Maria Filippi, University of Leeds

Autumn Round

Project Grants

  • Exploring beta cell reprogramming by glucocorticoids - Professor David Hodson, University of Birmingham
  • Does insulin resistance in aged macrophages affect atherosclerosis development? - Dr Matthew Gage, University College London
  • Purinergic Regulation of Diabetic Kidney Disease - Dr Robert Menzies, University of Edinburgh
  • Defining peptide epitopes of islet antigens for detailed characterisation and immunotherapy of Type 1 diabetes - Dr Parth Narendran, University of Birmingham
  • Assessing the potential of a medieval antibiotic to treat infected diabetic ulcers - Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick
  • Delineating the anti-diabetic mechanisms of hepatic thiosulfate sulfurtransferase activity - Professor Nik Morton, University of Edinburgh
  • Sleep disturbance: new insights into the clinical impact in diabetes - Dr Martin Rutter, University of Manchester
  • Carbohydrate in the diet. A starch exchange model for managing glycaemia in Type 2 diabetes - Dr Denise Robertson, University of Surrey
  • Modulation of VEGF-A splicing as a novel therapeutic strategy in diabetic nephropathy - Dr Sebastian Oltean, University of Exeter Medical School
  • DiRECT extension, for a total of  3-years weight-loss maintenance and follow-up - Professor - Michael Lean, University of Glasgow
  • Economic Evaluation of the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial DiRECT - Professor Michael Lean, University of Glasgow

Early-Career Small Grants

  • The impact of Type 2 diabetes & exercise on hepatic fat quality: a pilot study - Dr James King, Loughborough University
  • Establishing a zebrafish model of VEGF-mediated vascular hyperpermeability - Dr Robert Wilkinson, University of Sheffield
  • Exercise for health in Type 2 diabetes: Do novel “exerkines” regulate the health benefits of physical exercise in non-communicable disease? - Dr Daniel Wilkinson, University of Nottingham


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