Diabetes Research Centre
Diabetes & Metabolic Medicine
The Diabetes Research Centre is part of The College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and is located at Leicester General Hospital. The Centre works closely with NHS organisations - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), Primary Care and local GP Practices. We are a research-led Centre engaged in national and international competitive research. The quality of the Diabetes research undertaken in Leicester has been further recognised by the award of the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Unit in Lifestyle, Diet and Nutrition and CLAHRC EM. The Centre 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.
The Centre plays a central role in the teaching of MSc in Diabetes. The course provides a wide range of approved, accredited M Level modules and short courses targeted at the specific needs of post- registration healthcare professionals. Modules focus on clinical, diagnostic and technical skills development whilst also providing an academic underpinning. The modules aim to provide the educational foundation for advanced/autonomous practice.
The Centre has more than 140 staff and postgraduate students, including over 30 academic staff. The Centre is jointly led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti and managed by an Executive Committee including Sue Enright (Departmental Manager), Tim Skelton and Harpal Ghattoraya.
The Leicester Clinical Trials (LCTU) sits within the Centre and hosts a team of clinical trials specialists who support researchers across a broad range of therapeutic areas to develop, design and deliver high quality research grants, applications and trials. The Leicester Clinical Trials Unit is a fully registered and accredited by the UKCRC and is in receipt of NETSCC Support Funding. It has a team of highly specialised statisticians trial managers and IT/Data Staff and a growing portfolio of activity.