Research highlights 2016
As 2016 came to an end, we wanted to look back at all the brilliant things 2016 has brought to Diabetes UK research. We asked our colleagues here at Diabetes UK, what their research highlights of 2016 were…
Gabriel from the Media Team chose a Diabetes UK funded trial, which showed that women with Type 1 diabetes could use an artificial pancreas during pregnancy and childbirth.
“It had clearly been a life-changing experience for these mums-to-be and they built up an incredibly close bond of trust with the researchers who were available 24/7 on the end of the phone if they experienced any issues with the equipment. The icing on the cake for me was to see the pictures of Laura and her baby boy, Sonny.”
Anna, Head of Research Funding, is thrilled with the response we received when asking people with Type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals to tell us their research priorities.
“Over 2,500 people living with Type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals responded, together submitting over 7,000 questions, and this fantastic response will ensure that they have a louder voice in research. I’m looking forward to the next stage of the process where, via a second survey, we will ask people to prioritise the submissions so we can get to a top 10. Do watch out for when the survey goes live in 2017!”
Rachel from Community Fundraising says we fund the best science every year.
“Research is key to the world where diabetes can do no harm. So many of my supporters want to help fund all of these amazing projects to make a difference and ultimately, fight diabetes.”
Steve from the Philanthropy Team was really impressed with a special donor this year, Mo Latham.
“After hearing a research talk at her local Diabetes UK event, Mo donated £10,000 to a project this year, wanting research to make a bigger impact. It’s very brave and forward-looking.”
Meeting scientists we fund was a highlight for Maria, from the Marketing Team.
“My highlight definitely has to be having the chance to actually meet researchers, hearing more about their work that you see in a final edited interview and really getting to understand the detail of what they do and how they’re working to improve things for people with diabetes!”
Max from the Events Team is looking forward to the artificial pancreas potentially being approved for use in Europe in the future.
“Diabetes UK has invested heavily in artificial pancreas research over the years, and it has certainly paid off, with the FDA giving its approval for this type of technology in the United States. Now it’s only a matter of time till it reaches everyone who needs it!”
We think it’s been a good year. Finally, we wanted to say thank you for your support – these achievements wouldn’t have been possible without your help.