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NIHR South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network (SEM DRN)

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We are hosted by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and sit within the Leicester Diabetes Centre at the Leicester General Hospital. Over the years the SEM DRN has proudly remained one of the best performing local diabetes research network and, for the period of 2011-12, we recruited over 5,600 research participants. We pride ourselves in having excellent relationships with all our sites across the patch, which is strongly reflected in our recruitment figures and both academic and commercial collaborations we share.  


The South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network is one the best performing local Diabetes Networks across the UK. The Diabetes Network is one of only 8 Topic Specific Networks funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is part of the NIHR’s family of Clinical Research Networks.

The South East Midlands DRN provides the infrastructure to support diabetes research across a large geographical patch from Birmingham in the west, to Lincolnshire in the east, and from Leicester and Rutland in the south, to Sheffield and South Yorkshire in the north.



The Network’s goal is to support industry, researchers and academics to develop diabetes research of the highest quality to benefit the local population, and to inform national policy and service development. The aim of the NIHR CRN is to provide the infrastructure to support clinical research within the NHS in England and comprises of:


  • A co-ordinating centre based at Leeds
  • 6 topic specific networks- of which diabetes is one, established by the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) and Department of Health. to support the delivery and conduct of clinical diabetes research
  • A primary care research network
  • A comprehensive research network

The SEM DRN Core Team

  • Co-Directors:  Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti
  • Senior Network Manager: Sue Enright
  • Clinical Research Unit Manager: Jo Howe
  • Research Governance Manager: Jayne Hill
  • Industry & Network Liaison Manager: Harpal Ghattoraya
  • Primary Care Lead: Stephanie Goldby
  • Patient and Public Involvement Lead: Claire Studd & Michelle Izzard
  • Network Administrator: Alison Caputo


Areas we cover 

  • Birmingham
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicesetershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Sheffield and South Yorkshire


The benefits of being part of the network are that we provides infrastructure to sites to help deliver research, we work with researhers to support funding applications, it enables a flexible approach to the delivery of reasearch and acts as a focal point for researchers and other organisations. for more information download the information below.

Contact Us

Your Local Diabetes research network is based at University hospitals of Leicster NHS trust within the Leicster Diabetes Centre

Network Administrator - South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Leicester Diabetes Centre - Broadleaf

Leicester General Hospital

Gwendolen Road

Leicester LE5 4PW


Tel: 0116 258 4141

or visit:


SEM DRN Newsletter Issue1

May 2012 Download Document

SEM DRN Newsletter Issue 2

November 2012 Download Document

Sem DRN - Information leaflet

Information about the SEM and what we do Download Document

SEM DRN - What is a Drug Trial (2012)

Information about what a diabetes drug trial is and what it involves Download Document

SEM DRN - Patient Public Involvement (PPI)

Information about how patients and public can get involved with diabetes drug trials Download Document