Diabetes professor collects CBE

By Editor
20th May 2016
East Midlands, Latest news Type 2 prevention

A doctor who established an international centre of excellence in diabetes research has been presented with a CBE by Prince Charles.

Professor Melanie Davies was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List for services to diabetes research, having been responsible for major advances in type 2 diabetes.

She picked up the accolade at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

Working alongside Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the University of Leicester, Professor Davies has built up the Leicester Diabetes Centre team with more than 140 people currently carrying out over 40 studies designed to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

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The centre is now recognised across the world for its leading research, education and innovation.

Prince Charles was very charming. We spoke about the challenge of type 2 diabetes and he congratulated me

Professor Davies is also still a practising hospital Consultant at Leicester General Hospital and professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester.

Last summer she was was listed among the top 10 global diabetes experts.

Having published over 400 academic articles and been recognised by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) as one of England’s most successful researchers, she has risen to the top in what is still a male-dominated industry.

Professor Davies said: “Prince Charles was very charming. We spoke about the challenge of type 2 diabetes and he congratulated me.

“Being made a CBE is recognition for a significant amount of hard work and determination in turning a vision into reality. I would like to acknowledge the great team with which I am fortunate to work.”

Professor Davies was appointed in 1996 as a full-time NHS consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary and recruited her first research nurse in 1998.

Sustained growth over several years saw relocation to the Leicester General Hospital site, bringing together a number of colleagues into one large and increasingly successful unit.

Professor Davies gave up a promising career in the equestrian world as a show jumper in order to study medicine at the University of Sheffield, becoming the first member of her family to get a degree.

She continued her training in Ipswich and Cambridge before being appointed as a consultant in Leicester in 1996 and subsequently, a professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester in 2007.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, which was officially opened in 2013 by Sir Steve Redgrave CBE.

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