Our Researchers

Diabetes Research at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust constitutes a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, research registrars, research nurse fellow, research nurses, research associates, assistants and administration staff and is now located at the new Leicester Diabetes Centre in the Leicester General Hospital.


The team carries out academic and commercial studies in all areas of diabetes to include:



Professor Melanie Davies 

Prof 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,  affiliated to Department of Health Sciences. 

As one of the leading experts in the UK, Professor Davies has been actively involved in the work of Diabetes UK. Professor Davies has been a member of the NICE Type 1 Diabetes Guidelines Group, Type 2 Diabetes Guidelines Group, NICE Quality Standards Group and NICE Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. She has Global and National Principal Investigator roles for many large international clinical trials in the field of diabetes and has presented her work around the world at international meetings. She is also a senior NIHR Investigator.
Professor Davies is the National Lead for the DESMOND Collaborative in the UK, which has conducted one of the largest global trials on structured education in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. She is Co-Director of the South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network (SEN DRN), and has been awarded an NIHR Programme Grant of £2 million for a community diabetes prevention trial, and was a key applicant in the successful regional CLAHRC bid in the East Midlands. She was recently appointed East Midlands Strategic Health Authority Diabetes Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions.


Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Professor Kamlesh Khunti is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester. His interests include undertaking research into the early identification and interventions in people with diabetes and at increased risk of diabetes. He is a principal investigator on several major studies including DESMOND Diabetes Study, HOPE 3 study, NIHR CLAHRC Diabetes Screening and Prevention studies, the European GUIDANCE study, the DESMOND Pre-diabetes study, and a multinational collaborative ADDITION study. Professor Khunti is currently an advisor to Diabetes UK, RCGP, the Department of Health’s National Screening Committee on Vascular Risk, Chair of the Department of Health-RCGP Committee on Classification of Diabetes, Chair of the NICE Guidelines on Prevention of Diabetes, Clinical Advisor for the Diabetes NICE-led QOF Panel, Secretary of the Primary Care Study Group of the European Society of Diabetes (EASD) and member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society.
He was awarded the RCGP’s John Fry Award for Research for 2001, the Mary McKinnon Lecture at the 2006 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference and the Paul Cromme Award by Primary Care Diabetes Europe in 2010.

Dr Tom Yates

Dr Tom Yates is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health, and a key researcher within the Leicester Diabetes Centre, University of Leicester, UK. Having completed a PhD with Loughborough University in 2008, looking at physical activity in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, Dr Yates has continued to have a strong research focus elucidating the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. He has developed a diverse portfolio ranging from experimental clinical research to translational research within routine primary care.
A core theme running through this work has been developing an understanding of new approaches to promoting health through the application of movement sciences; in particular investigating the physiological and epidemiological impact of substituting sitting time for standing. In addition, he has developed, tested and implemented simple lifestyle strategies aimed at promoting walking activity. These strategies have been promoted through national and international primary care based chronic disease prevention strategies.

Dr David Webb

Dr David Webb is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester and an honorary consultant physician in the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. His research interests focus upon early treatment modalities in Type 2 diabetes and the relationship between vascular disease and insulin resistance.
He has an extensive publication portfolio and is an editorial fellow for the journal of experimental diabetes research. A specific remit of the new NIHR funded Biomedical Research Units is to improve patient outcomes by supporting translational themed research activity. Dr Webb is clinical lead or principle investigator for a number of studies within the new Leicester-Loughborough BRU and heads the NIHR academic training program for the Leicester Diabetes Center. He is programme co-director for the Department of Health Sciences Diabetes Masters and a tutor on the BMJ distance learning Diabetes Diploma.


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