Grant to be spent on gene and type 2 diabetes research
A grant of more than £360,000 is to be spent on investigating how genes might explain why some obese people never develop type 2 diabetes, it has been announced.
Exeter researcher Dr Hanieh Yaghootkar will lead the study looking into how genes influence the way people store fat in order to understand why some obese people are protected from getting the condition.
Based at the University of Exeter Medical School, Dr Yaghootkar has been given the Diabetes UK’s RD Lawrence Fellowship. The grant was set up in honour of RD Lawrence, who founded the charity and was one of the first recipients of insulin injections.
Dr Yaghootkar said: “I am extremely honoured to receive the RD Lawrence Fellowship from Diabetes UK. I’m very much looking forward to getting my research underway. I hope that finding genes involved in reducing the risk of Type 2 will provide useful insights into how to treat or prevent the condition in the future.”
Dr Elizabeth Robertson, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: “This fellowship highlights our commitment to investing in the future leaders of diabetes research. Dr Yaghootkar’s research is key to understanding type 2 diabetes better and finding novel treatment and prevention strategies. By funding critical research like this, we want to prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition and we’re aiming for a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
Diabetes UK is the leading charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK, investing around £7 million every year. The Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship allows outstanding early career researchers to establish themselves as independent diabetes researchers.