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.
Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop a MOOC; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The MOOC is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.
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.
Existing study enquiries - non-commercial
Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio
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