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Meet our diabetes researchers

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

We make sure the best early-career scientists want to research diabetes and we work with those already doing so, so they can become world leaders in their field. Because, ultimately, we know that their work will benefit people with diabetes.

Take a look at the profiles below to learn more about some of our amazing scientists.

Meet Professor Noel Morgan from the University of Exeter

Professor Noel Morgan is tackling one of the biggest questions: how and why does Type 1 diabetes develop? He's studying the immune attack in precise detail, with the hope of being able to slow or stop Type 1 diabetes in the future. Noel shares his motivations, career highlights and explains his latest discoveries, showing there are two different types of immune attack in Type 1 diabetes.

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. 

Meet Hugh Thomas, a 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 our PhD students

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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