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    Taking part in a health research study gave me back my life – and it’s better than before, says South West participant Peter Stamp

    26th April 2016

    Reflecting on his experience of taking part in a clinical research trial for Type 2 Diabetes patients who have had a ‘coronary event,’ Peter says he felt physically weak and pessimistic when he was offered the opportunity to join the study in 2012.

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    Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval implemented

    8th April 2016

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    Patients share their learning from MOOC in 'Highlights' video

    24th March 2016

    To promote the upcoming June course and evaluate the value and impact MOOC has had on the people who undertook it, a short highlights video has been produced.

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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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    T: 00 44+ (0)191 241 8989


  • Specialty Cluster A Lead - Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Metabolic and endocrine disorders, Renal disorders

    Professor Des Johnston


  • Specialty National Lead

    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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