The Diabetes Specialty is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the diabetes studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Diabetes research
Diabetes research aims to make advances in diabetes care by improving the coordination and quality of research into type 1 and type 2 diabetes. By focussing on methods of treatment, diagnosis, care and prevention of diabetes, we support a wide range of research.
On this page you will find a number of videos about diabetes research including interviews from some of the leading experts in diabetes with information from genetics to lifestyle interventions. You can listen to research staff talk about the advantages and importance of taking part in diabetes research and hear from people who have taken part in clinical trials, what its like to be involved and their personal experiences.
Patient, carer and public information
To achieve advances in research it is extremely important that the Diabetes Specialty receives input from people affected to help guide its progress.
Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.
In April 2014 the Clinical Research Network restructured. CRN: North East and North Cumbria talks to Research Delivery Manager, Chris Speed, about how that change is translating into better research delivery.
The population of NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames consists of around 80 percent ethnic minority groups and one of the largest communities is Bangladeshi. Traditionally, this group has not engaged with diabetes research, even though they are seven times more likely to have diabetes than white people.
Research changed my life because... the personal care and attention I received from my research team saved my life.
Existing Portfolio enquiries - Diabetes, Metabolic and endocrine disorders and Renal disorders
Enquiries about existing studies on the NIHR CRN Portfolio
General enquiries - Diabetes
New portfolio enquiries
Initial enquiries about the NIHR CRN Portfolio
Enquiries from the life-sciences industry