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NIHR launches online diabetes research showcase

Aims to raise public aware of diabetes and the importance of research

The UK's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched an online campaign to raise public awareness of diabetes and highlight the role research is playing to tackle the condition.

The NIHR's new Focus on Diabetes website details the work done by the NIHR, provides information for patients about getting involved with clinical trials, and features interviews with prominent member of the diabetes research community.

"Diabetes affects millions of people. One tenth of NHS budget is spent on diabetes, which makes it a major healthcare issue for this country,” said Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer and chief scientific advisor at the DH.

“The National Institute for Health Research is helping to tackle the issue in lots of different ways. We are funding vital research into the condition. We are supporting world-facilities so that diabetes researchers can focus on delivering ground-breaking results. We are training the research leaders of the future, and we are making sure that diabetes patients have opportunities to take part in high-quality research studies through the NHS.

“We have already seen results from our investment in research, but the work continues.

“We hope that this new website will play its part in focusing public attention on the issue of diabetes, and the important role of research in tackling the condition."

The above video of Professor Dame Sally Davies talking about Focus on Diabetes can also be viewed on YouTube

Launched this week to coincide with World Diabetes Day, the site also provides a list of studies that the organisation has funded, facilities where diabetes research takes place and a search engine for published findings.

As a research body funded by the Department of Health (DH), the NIHR invests in research covering all areas of medicine, including diabetes, which affects approximately 2.9m people in the UK. 

16th November 2012

From: Research, Marketing

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