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.
Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.
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.
Patient, carer and public enquiries
Specialty Cluster A Lead - Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Metabolic and endocrine disorders, Renal disorders
Professor Des Johnston
Specialty National Lead
Professor Simon Heller
Assistant Specialty Cluster A Lead (maternity cover) - Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Metabolic and endocrine disorders, Renal disorders