Leicester researchers praised for ‘innovation, energy and enthusiasm’

Leicester researchers praised for ‘innovation, energy and enthusiasm’

A centre in Leicester that leads the way in pioneering diabetes research has been praised for its “innovation, energy and enthusiasm”.

Founded in 2012, the Leicester Diabetes Centre has been lauded as an excellent example of how healthcare research should be carried out in a national report.


The authors of the ‘National Survey of Local Innovation and Research: Needs of the NHS’ said the centre had brought a “real focus of expertise, of best practice, of searching for new ways and approaches and treatments”.


The report was compiled to help consider the role that NHS England, NHS Improvement and NIHR can play to address the key research priorities that the survey identifies. The document also lays out support access and dissemination of key research and innovation findings.


The authors praised the Leicester Diabetes Centre for attracting funding to support research activity that will improve standards of care for people across Leicester, Leicestershire and around the country.


They said the centre was a good example of “connected practice between practitioners from a medical and a social care perspective and research and innovation”.


The centre’s co-founder and co-director Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Type 2 diabetes represents a significant challenge, but a challenge we are committed to meeting. We are looking forward to working towards sharing solutions and driving positive action with other research centres in a bid to fighting the type 2 diabetes epidemic.”


Professor Kamlesh Khunti, who also co-leads the centre and is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, added: “It is hugely rewarding to have our hard work recognised and to be praised and held as a shining example in such an important document is certainly something for our team to be proud of.”


The Leicester Diabetes Centre is responsible for world-leading clinical research, evidence-based education and cutting-edge innovation. Based at Leicester General Hospital, it is a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester and is now ranked as Europe’s largest diabetes research facility.


Since its inception the centre has been globally recognised for its work, and in 2017 was named an ‘International Centre of Excellence’ and an ‘International Centre of Education’ by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

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