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    Specialist Surrey NHS trust scoops national award for research

    19th November 2015

    Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust took home the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) national award for the work it has done to maximise clinical research activity across the region.

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    Nursing Times Awards 2015: Clinical Research Nurse winners announced

    13th November 2015

    The Nursing Times 2015 Award Ceremony was held last night in London, announcing the winners of the Clinical Research Nurse category, sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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    New drug trial in Manchester could help relieve the pain of diabetes

    12th November 2015

    A Greater Manchester trial hopes to find an effective and non-addictive drug to relieve diabetic neuropathy, a painful complication of the condition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Case studies

  • Patient stories

    Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.

  • Profile: Research Delivery Manager

    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.

  • Community engagement is key for diabetes research

    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 - Paul - diabetes/heart

    Research changed my life because... the personal care and attention I received from my research team saved my life.

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Key contacts

  • Existing Portfolio enquiries - Diabetes, Metabolic and endocrine disorders and Renal disorders

    Enquiries about existing studies on the NIHR CRN Portfolio


  • General enquiries - Diabetes


    T: +44 (0)207 594 3390


  • New portfolio enquiries

    Initial enquiries about the NIHR CRN Portfolio

    T: +44 (0)113 343 0329


  • Industry enquiries

    Enquiries from the life-sciences industry

    T: +44 (0)113 343 4555


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