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    Pennine Acute Trust recruits the first UK patient to the FIGARO trial

    26th January 2016

    The CRN: Greater Manchester Trust successfully recruited the patient into an international diabetes trial.

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    Tackling the BIG obesity challenge on the North West Coast

    13th January 2016

    After many of us have been over-indulgent during the recent festive period, now is the time when attention turns to living more healthily. However, almost a quarter of people in the North West don’t know the difference between being obese and overweight, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The BIG Challenge is a new campaign from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of clinical research in helping to fight the obesity epidemic.

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    ‘The BIG Challenge’ puts spotlight on NIHR obesity research

    13th January 2016

    Latest figures show that obesity levels in the UK have tripled in the last 30 years. The BIG Challenge campaign has launched to raise awareness of the way in which the clinical research community is addressing this challenge through the development of innovative treatments and prevention methods.

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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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