DRWF Clinical Open Funding 2014

The Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation invites the submission of research projects and proposals requiring funding in the field of diabetes.

Download the full invitation for further details and information on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd August 2013

Diabetes cost 'needs action'
BBC news audio clip

Responding to a Public Accounts Committee report today, the government has acknowledged the NHS needs to do better with regard to treating and preventing diabetes, and has set a raft of new targets designed to improve efficiency and treatment outcomes.

Around £9.8bn was spent by the NHS on diabetes last year, and spending on the condition has been rising steadily in recent years and is expected to reach almost £17bn by 2035.

The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden explains the current situation from a hospital in Ipswich.

Listen to the full audio clip on the BBC News web site.

Setting Research Priorities for Type 1 Diabetes
Diabetic Medicine - Volume 29

Research priorities are often set by academic researchers or the pharmaceutical industry. The interests of patients, carers and clinicians may therefore be overlooked and research questions that matter may be neglected.

The aims of this study were to collect uncertainties about the treatment of Type 1 diabetes from patients, carers and health professionals, and to collate and prioritize these uncertainties to develop a top 10 list of research priorities, using a structured priority-setting partnership of patients, carers, health professionals and diabetes organizations, as described by the James Lind Alliance...Read the full publication online.

North East and Cumbria

Counterbalance Research Study on the Reversibility of Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have Type 2 Diabetes?

Do you want to try to regain normal health?

Are you willing to change what you eat?

If so, would you like to take part in a research study?

Professor Roy Taylor is looking for people to participate in a research study on the reversibility of type 2 diabetes

If you would like further information please contact Dr Sarah Steven on 0191 248 1166 or [email protected]

Patients and the Public

International Clinical Trials – Monday 20th May: It’s OK to Ask

The ‘OK to ask about clinical research’ campaign launches on International Clinical Trials Day, on 20 May, and is aimed at encouraging patients and their carers to ask their doctors about clinical research and whether it is right for them.


In A Word – What does clinical research mean to you?

To accompany the ‘It’s OK to Ask’ campaign, the DRN is asking what research means to you ‘in a word’. Here is the first collection of clips – but we want to gather many more. Video can be captured on most phones and cameras, so feel free to capture yourself, your colleagues or your families, expressing what research means to individuals….in a word. Just ensure that the audio is captured too, and send the clips to: [email protected], and collections will be uploaded through the year.

Diabetes Dragons’ Den
Event held on 26th January 2013


In January 2013, the DRN hosted a Type 1 Diabetes Dragons’ Den event to bring together people affected by this condition and researchers working in this area.

A report on the event is now available, explaining how the day was designed, and the discussions prompted by 12 Dragons, and how both the Dragons and the three research teams that attended and presented on the day found the experience. A big thanks to everyone to who took part! Download the full report

Thames Valley

Summary of Living with Diabetes Information Event
Event held on 15th November 2012

On the 15th November the Thames Valley Diabetes Research Network held an information event at the Oxford Hotel, Oxford.

The purpose of the event was to provide information on different aspects of living with diabetes, from research into diabetes and depression, hypoglycaemia and care for feet. Following from each talk there was an opportunity for questions and the day finished with a lively Q&A session.

Thank you very much to all who attended the event (32 people in total) and to our speakers, Prof Stephen Gough, TV DLRN Clinical Lead, Professor Richard Holt, Professor in diabetes and endocrinology, University of Southampton and Laurie King, Lead specialist podiatrist in the diabetic foot for Oxfordshire.

You can view the presentations from the day here:

Diabetes and Depression - Richard Holt

Care for Feet- Laurie King

Hypoglycaemia - Stephen Gough

One attendee said:

I enjoyed it very much and I was learning new things. I am already looking forward for the next one… I think the Thames Valley Diabetes Research Network is doing a terrific job

We are really pleased that we received excellent feedback and we hope to have further events like this in the New Year. Watch this space!