November 14, 2014, by Lindsay Brooke

World diabetes day – the research goes on

Shielding eyes from diabetes damage, searching for safer versions of diabetic drugs, improving diets to reduce insulin resistance – these are just some of the areas of diabetic research being carried out at The University of Nottingham.

Experts at Nottingham are working closely with Diabetes UK and other funding organisations to pioneer work that covers all forms of diabetes and related complications, to help us gain a better understanding of the causes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention, and bring us closer to a cure.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) marks World Diabetes Day. Created in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

Diverse diabetic research

The research at the University is as diverse as developing a system to calculate your risk of developing diabetes. The project was led by Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox, a General Practitioner and researcher in the School of Medicine, whose innovative methods have been recognised by her peers in the UK and internationally. QDiabetes has been designed to work out your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes over the next ten years.

Dietician Dr Duane Mellor from the School of Biosciences will facilitate a couple of twitter chats today, one discussing the role of breakfast in diabetes sponsored by Breakfast is Best and another on the role of sweeteners in diabetes sponsored by ISA. Dr Mellor, an Assistant Professor in Dietetics, is on the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee and the Diabetes UK nutrition working group.

Research past and present

Other work into diabetes at The University of Nottingham includes:

Retinopathy screening

Providing the right support for diabetics


Medicinal properties of pumpkins

Childhood obesity


The psychology of healing

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