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    'What MOOC means to me' TweetChat will highlight learner experiences

    26th May 2016

    If you’re a healthcare professional, patient, carer or member of the public, curious about research and how it improves healthcare, then why not join our ‘What MOOC Means to me’ TweetChat to learn more. You can post a questions and join in the conversation about the MOOC by joining our TweetChat by tweeting us at @NIHRCRN using #NHSresearch during the session.

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    NHS and industry join forces to pilot light mask therapy in South West

    17th May 2016

    A clinical research study trialling a light mask therapy as a potential alternative to eye injections and laser treatment for diabetes patients has been opened in the South West because of true collaboration between the NHS and industry.

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    NIHR Nurses recognised by Chris Whitty for International Nurses Day

    12th May 2016

    12 May marks the day when Nurses all over the world are celebrated for their hard work and contribution to International health, and for the NIHR CRN, we celebrate the crucial work of NIHR Research Nurses in ensuring the smooth delivery of clinical research across England.

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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

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    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.

  • 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.

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  • 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

    Jacqueline Matthews


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