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Leicester has a strong tradition in excellence in diabetes care dating back 70 years to the pioneering work of Doctor Joan Walker, who established the first community diabetes clinics and the first diabetes specialist nurses in the UK. Leicester also has amongst the highest number of people with diabetes in the UK
The original research department commenced at the Royal Infirmary in 1996. At this time the main research work undertaken in the department were commercial drug trials.
But it was only 15 years ago that Professor Melanie Davies began the diabetes research service with one nurse. In 2001 a Nurse Research Fellow was appointed to develop non-commercial clinical trials following the success of the departments first academic study in 1999 looking into the combination of different oral agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Since then, Professor Melanie Davies (Professor Melanie Davies is an Honorary Consultant Physician in the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and, since February 2006, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester. and colleague Professor Kamlesh Khunti (Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester) have developed a talented and diverse team of over 108 researchers, clinicians and educationalists working together on an innovative research portfolio of successful academic and commercial trials.
In March 2012 the new Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) was opened, hosted within clinical space at the Leicester General Hospital (LGH) with excellent access to patients. The Centre is now one of the largest facilities in Europe for carrying out first class clinical research in diabetes.
The co-location onto one site of the Leicester Diabetes Research Teams means that the whole team can work more closely together as an ecosystem, and the fusion of researchers, academic, technical, administrative and clinical staff has created a real space for mutual learning and support.
The LDC has attracted a range of prestigious NIHR funded infrastructure This is unique for the UK, allowing rapid progress across both translational gaps. This means we are able to move seamlessly from the generation of new ideas, to the development and evolution of new therapeutic approaches and health care tools/systems, and on to the implementation of these approaches into route clinical care. This integrated approach reduces the time taken to move from experimental proof of concept studies to improved patient care.
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For more information about the leicester Diabetes Centre link to their website: www.leicesterdiabetescentre.org.uk