The Leicester Diabetes Centre Hosts


The South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network (SEM DRN) 

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.

Website: www.ukdrn.org.uk


DESMOND is the name of a programme of patient education modules and related Educator training, which have been developed by a collaborative of NHS organisations, and which have a co-ordinating centre hosted by the Leicester Diabetes Centre,University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. So the DESMOND Programme is first and foremost an NHS organisation which supports other health organisations to deliver first class patient education to people with Type 2 diabetes, or who are at risk of diabetes. We are very proud of the way in which our team, originally a research initiative, has become well-established and successful in helping to improve the care which people with diabetes can expect to receive both here in the UK and in other countries across the world. All DESMOND modules begin life as research projects, so not surprisingly, the DESMOND Programme is also a research organisation, drawing on the expertise of many others to test and provide evidence of the effectiveness of the education modules and training we develop. 

Our research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues in other institutions, academic as well as NHS. We can call on the most experienced, respected and skilled practitioners and academics in designing our modules.

Website: www.desmond-project.org.uk 

NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester – Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) has opened its doors for business to look at how physical activity, diet and lifestyle can impact upon the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

State of the art exercise equipment has been installed and new staff have been appointed at both the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS). 

The NIHR Leicester – Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU was awarded £4.5 million NIHR funding over five years from April 2012 plus £1.38 million capital funding by the Department of Health. 

Website: www.ll.dlpa.bru.nihr.ac.uk

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland (CLAHRC for LNR)

Diabetes research has contributed greatly to the achievements of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland (CLAHRC for LNR). It has supported a number of projects across the themes of improving the early detection of diabetes and promoting improvements in the self-management of the condition.

Website: www.clahrc-lnr.nihr.ac.uk


Affiliates and Our Hosts

The University Hospitals Of Leicester 

The LDC is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the Leicester General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. 

Our team is made up of more than 10,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our nationally and internationally-renowned specialist treatment and services in cardio-respiratory diseases, cancer and renal disorders reach a further two to three million patients from the rest of the country. 

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of many research programmes and new surgical procedures, in areas such as diabetes, genetics, cancer and cardio-respiratory diseases. In 2010 we earned £21.4 million in research grants for the 825 clinical trials we led, bringing benefits to thousands of our patients.

Website: www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk

University of Leicester 

Cardiovascular and Diabetes 
This multi disciplinary research area is lead by Professor Kamlesh Khunti and collaborates closely with the Department of Cardiovascular Science, University Hospitals Leicester and NHS Leicester City.  It has established an international reputation in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular research. It has successfully bid for and been awarded significant grants to promote diabetes and cardiovascular research.


Website: www2.le.ac.uk/departments/health-sciences/research/primary/cvsd?searchterm=diabetes

Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports. 

Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.



National Institute of Health Research


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.  

The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence, and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world.