NHS Lothian launches diabetes prevention studies

By Editor
19th March 2020
Northern England, Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Type 2 prevention

A series of new trials to help experts understand what might cause type 1 diabetes and how to prevent it have been launched by NHS Lothian’s diabetes research teams.

These new studies include INNODIA, a Europe wide study recruiting people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and unaffected family members.

The teams based at the Western General Hospital (WGH) and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) have launched are hoping to recruit volunteers to part in the trials. An easy way for people to participate is to join the NHS Research Scotland Diabetes research register.

Alison Sudworth, Diabetes Specialist Research Nurse in the RIE, said: “Getting more people involved in diabetes research will help make inroads into understanding the disease and create new treatments. For instance, one part of our GoDarts study is looking at genetics.”

Diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys and the WGH team have two trials that aim to improve the health of people with complications.

Lesley Steven, Specialist Research Nurse at WGH said: “Recruitment in clinical trials is often challenging, particularly in diabetes renal studies. Renal patients often have limited treatment options, so trials in this area are vital to allow access to new drugs that would otherwise not be available to them.”

For more information contact: WGH 0131 537 3327 or RIE 0131 242 1456.  Any diabetes research project can make use of the NHS Research Scotland Diabetes research register, contact administrator-sdrn@dundee.ac.uk or phone 01382 383595 for more information.

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