Dr Alison Dunkley, PhD, MSc, BSc, RGN, RSCN, DPSN

Research Associate in Nursing

Alison’s professional background is in nursing. She has worked as a researcher within the University of Leicester on a variety of primary care related research projects since November 2002. The body of work she has contributed to relates mainly to the prevention and management of chronic diseases and long term conditions, in particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Alison’s main areas of research expertise relate to screening studies, randomised controlled trials, adapting research processes for different populations, self-management education for prevention/management of chronic diseases, and systematic reviews.


Diabetes Research Centre
University of Leicester
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW

Tel: 0116 258 4398

Email: ajd38@le.ac.uk


  • Health Services Research
  • Prevention and management of chronic diseases and long term conditions, in particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Hypoglycaemia in type 2 diabetes
  • Waist size measurement and assessment of obesity related health risk
    Metabolic syndrome
  • Intellectual (learning) disabilities


  • Cross-sectional study - Hypoglycaemia in People with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care
  • Prospective study – Hypoglycaemia in People with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care
  • HYPO interview study: Views, experiences and knowledge of hypoglycaemia in Type 2 Diabetes
  • STOP Diabetes study - Screening for glucose intolerance and development of a lifestyle education programme for prevention of type-2 diabetes in a population with learning disabilities


  • Member of the departmental Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
  • Manuscript reviewer for - PLOS ONE, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Diabetic Medicine, Primary Care Diabetes, BMC Health Services Research, International Journal of Diabetes Mellitus, Family Practice, Insulin
  • Peer Reviewer - 2014 HSC Doctoral Fellowship Scheme - Research & Development Division, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
  • Facilitator of the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Interest Group for Primary Care, University of Leicester, 2007 to 2012



  • Thomas Chalk, PhD Student
    University of Leicester, jointly with Prof Khunti, Dr Laura Gray and Dr Alison Dunkley, Dr Sateesh K, Diabetes Research Centre
    Epidemiology of chronic diseases in adults with intellectual disabilities: chronic disease morbidity and mortality
  • Chloe Edridge, MPhil Student
    University of Leicester, jointly with Prof Khunti, Dr Laura Gray and Dr Alison Dunkley, Diabetes Research Centre
    Hypoglycaemia in type 2 Diabetes: Impact, burden and management


  • Local Postgraduate Tutor for the Diabetes Research Centre (Department of Health Sciences), University of Leicester, 2013 to date
  • MSc dissertation supervisor and examiner for the MSc in Diabetes, University of Leicester, 2012 to date
  • Co-supervision of PhD students, University of Leicester, 2012 to date
  • Co-supervision of intercalated BSc medical students and undergraduate student research placements, University of Leicester, 2007 to 2011
  • Tutor for the Special Study Skills Module in Evidence Based Clinical Audit, University Leicester, 2011-2012


Dunkley AJ, Tyrer F, Gray LJ, Bhaumik S, Spong R, Chudasama Y, Gangadharan SK, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Type 2 diabetes and glucose intolerance in a population with intellectual disabilities: the STOP Diabetes cross-sectional screening study. (under submission)

Chalk TEW, Dunkley AJ, Gray LJ, Spong R, Gangadharan SK, Davies MJ, et al. Rates of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors in people with intellectual disability populations: systematic review and meta-analysis. (under submission)

Tyrer F, Dunkley AJ, Spong R, Ganghadaran SK, Bhaumik S, Khunti K. Involving service users with intellectual disability in research: experiences from the STOP Diabetes Study. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (in press)

Ashra NB, Spong R, Carter P, Davies MJ, Dunkley A, Gillies C, Greaves C, Khunti K, Sutton S, Yates T, Youssef D, Gray LJ. A systematic review of the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in routine practice. Public Health England. 26 August 2015

Edridge C, Dunkley AJ, Bodicoat DH, Rose TC, Gray LJ, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Prevalence and Incidence of hypoglycaemia in people with type 2 diabetes on oral therapies and insulin: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population based studies. PLoS ONE. June 10 2015

Dunkley AJ, Bodicoat DH, Greaves C, Russell C, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Diabetes Prevention in the Real World: Effectiveness of Pragmatic Lifestyle Interventions for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and of the Impact of Adherence to Guideline Recommendations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Diabetes Care 2014.37;4:922-933

Chilton M, Dunkley A, Carter P, Davies M, Khunti K, Gray L. The effect of anti-obesity drugs on waist circumference: a mixed treatment comparison. Diabetes Obes Metab 2013.16;3:237-47

McDonough C, Dunkley AJ, Aujla N, Morris D, Davies MJ, Khunti K. The association between body mass index and health-related quality of life: influence of ethnicity on this relationship. Diabetes Obes Metab 2012.14;4:342-348

Dunkley AJ, Charles K, Gray LJ, Camosso-Stefinovic J, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Effectiveness of interventions for reducing diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk in people with metabolic syndrome: systematic review and mixed treatment comparison meta-analysis. Diabetes Obes Metab 2012; 14(7):616-625.

Gray LJ, Cooper N, Dunkley A, Warren FC, Ara R, Abrams K, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Sutton A. A systematic review and mixed treatment comparison of pharmacological interventions for the treatment of obesity. Obes Rev 2012; 13(6):483-498

Ara R, Blake L, Hernández M, Jackson R, Rees A, Stevenson M, Gray L, Crowther M, Dunkley A, et al. What is the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using drugs in treating obese patients in primary care? A systematic review. Health Technology Assessment 2012; 16(5)

Dunkley AJ, Davies MJ, Stone M A , Taub NT, Troughton J, Yates T, Khunti K. The Reversal Intervention for Metabolic Syndrome (TRIMS) study: rationale, design, and baseline data. TRIALS 2011;12:107

Dunkley AJ, Stone MA, Patel N, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Waist circumference measurement: knowledge, attitudes and barriers in patients and practitioners in a multi-ethnic population. Family Practice 2009; 26(5):365-371

Dunkley AJ, Taub N, Davies MJ, Stone MA, Khunti K. Is having a family history of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease a predictive factor for metabolic syndrome. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2009;3(1):49-56.

Dunkley AJ, Davies MJ, Khunti K. Metabolic Syndrome. General Practice UPDATE 2008;1(3):32-39.

Dunkley A, Stone M, Sayers R, Farooqi A, Khunti K. A cross sectional survey of secondary prevention measures in patients with peripheral arterial disease in primary care. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2007;83:602-605

Dunkley A, Stone M, Squire I, Johnson T, Farooqi A, Khunti K. An audit of secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in post acute myocardial infarction patients in primary care. Quality in Primary Care 2006;14:15-20 

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