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Diabetes UK to invest over £2.4 million in new research

5 September 2016

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve committed to invest over £2.4 million in diabetes research, funding 13 new projects. 

Leaders of the future

Nearly £900,000 has been awarded to three new fellows, supporting young talented scientists to embark on a career in diabetes research. Dr Donato Iacovazzo (Queen Mary, University of London) and Dr Pamela Bowman (University of Exeter) will study very rare monogenic forms of diabetes, helping to improve treatments and support currently available.

Dr Lee Roberts (University of Leeds) will study certain types of fat cells, to see if they can protect the body from developing Type 2 diabetes. 

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Blue sky ideas

So far this year, we’ve awarded nearly £1.6 million to 10 new research projects that will be taking place across the UK. 

Our researchers will be looking for new ways to keep blood vessels and kidneys healthy, to minimise the risk of developing complications.

They will also be focusing on gestational diabetes, looking at the impact this condition has on offspring and developing better ways to identify women most at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

Scientists in York are hoping to improve support for people with diabetes that also live with mental illnesses, while researchers in London are developing new ceramic materials to combatCharcot foot– a debilitating complication of diabetes that can cause the foot to collapse. 

Thank you

We can only invest in world-class research every year thanks to the commitment of Diabetes UK supporters. Thank you for funding research to improve the lives of people with all forms of diabetes.

You can read about all of the projects we fund that are already underway atOur Research Projects

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