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More funding for young diabetes scientists

29 August 2016

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Last year, we became a member of the funding consortium of the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme, led by the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

Supporting new careers in research

The scheme was launched in 2008, as a way to enable clinicians to embark on a career in research. Clinical lecturer positions come with a salary, but often don’t come with the money needed to cover research costs. 

So far, over 300 clinicians have been supported by nearly £9 million worth of funding. This year, 31 clinicians were successful, carrying out research in topics that range from psychiatry to infectious diseases. 

Three new diabetes research projects underway

We’re very pleased to announce that three of the successful applicants will be working on diabetes. Dr Rachel Jennings, from the University of Manchester, is investigating the detailed molecular pathways involved in the development of the human pancreas.

Dr Samiul Mostafa, from the University of Oxford, is looking at the relationship between cardiovascular complications and Type 2 diabetes. Dr Aghogho Odudu, also from the University of Manchester, is looking for a way to measure the progression of diabetes-related kidney disease.   

“Working together to progress scientific discovery”

Anna Morris, Head of Research Funding at Diabetes UK, said, “We joined this funding scheme last year, as we feel it’s so important that high achieving clinicians are given the opportunity to gain skills in research and test out their ideas. We want the best and brightest to be choosing a career in diabetes research, so that people with diabetes have access to the treatments and support they need as soon as possible.

"It’s great to see so many charities working together to progress scientific discovery, and we’re thrilled that three diabetes researchers were successful in this round.”

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