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Meet our diabetes researchers

Research is not just about experiments and equipment, it is also about people.

Diabetes UK encourages scientists and clinicians to get involved in diabetes research and provides support at every step to help them build life-long careers.

Investing in people through our Fellowships and PhD studentships will help us to create the next generation of diabetes research leaders.

View the profiles below to learn more about some of the amazing people we help to support.

Meet Dr Kathleen Gillespie from the University of Bristol

Dr Kathleen Gillespie from the University of Bristol is Chief Investigator of the Bart's Oxford (BOX) family study of Type 1 diabetes. The BOX family study is the longest running family study of Type 1 diabetes anywhere in the world. It began in 1985 and tracks the health of over 3,900 families that include a child with Type 1 diabetes. Kathleen agreed to show us around the lab and explain what her research is about.

Meet Kelly Bowden Davies from the University of Liverpool

Kelly Bowden Davies is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool. She is investigating what impact reduced physical activity has on our bodies and whether this changes if people have a family history of Type 2 diabetes. Kelly explains how her research project went and what she found out about reducing your levels of physical activity.

Meet Professor Susan Wong, from Cardiff University

We asked Professor Susan Wong about her research into Type 1 diabetes and the role of gut bacteria. We asked Professor Susan Wong about her research into Type 1 diabetes and the role of gut bacteria. 

Hugh Thomas – PhD student at the University of Southampton

Hugh is using experiments to see if the anti-diabetes drug metformin might benefit obese pregnant mothers and their children.Hugh is using experiments to see if the anti-diabetes drug metformin might benefit obese pregnant mothers and their children.

See inside Professor Mark Peakman's Type 1 diabetes research lab

In a video tour of his lab, Professor Mark Peakman, of King's College London, talks about his work looking into the causes of, and potential treatments for, Type 1 diabetes.In a video tour of his lab, Professor Mark Peakman, of King's College London, talks about his work looking into the causes of, and potential treatments for, Type 1 diabetes.

Meet Jessica, one of the PhD students funded by Diabetes UK

Jessica is investigating the exact roles of different molecules, called SNAREs, in instructing fat and muscle cells to take in excess glucose.Jessica is investigating the exact roles of different molecules, called SNAREs, in instructing fat and muscle cells to take in excess glucose.

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