To showcase the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle diabetes the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched an online resource. www.FocusOnDiabetes.nihr.ac.uk was launched today, 14th November 2012, to coincide with World Diabetes Day. It features interviews with NIHR-funded researchers, case-studies on activity taking place in NIHR-supported facilities, a list of studies funded by the NIHR in this area, and information for patients on how to get involved in diabetes clinical research.
The International Diabetes Federationâ€™s Atlas of Diabetes estimates366 million people worldwide, or 8.3% of adults, are estimated to have diabetes in 2011. If these trends continue, by 2030, some 552 million people, or one adult in 10, will have diabetes. This equates to approximately 3 new cases every 10 seconds or almost 10 million per year. It has been correctly described as a global pandemic. Since 1996 the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased from 1.4 million to 2.9 million. By 2025 it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes. Thus finding new ways of identifying people at high risk of diabetes as well as those who already have it combined with effective interventions to stop, slow and treat the condition are essential.
To mark the 2012 World Diabetes Day titled Diabetes: Protect our Future
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)â€™s Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) are generating new knowledge about the prevention and management of diabetes to help improve long-term outcomes for patients.
If you're interested to hear from a diabetes researcher, you can read the interview of Professor Melanie Davies - NIHR Senior Investigator, Associate Director of LNR CLAHRC and world renowned expert in diabetes research, here.
To read more about the kinds of research that we do link to the NIHR community e-newsletter.