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Tower turns blue for diabetes awareness

Churchill Hospital staff lit Oxford’s Magdalen Tower blue and hosted a research open day to spread awareness about diabetes. Staff from The Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) arranged for the iconic landmark to be lit to mark World Diabetes Day on November 14, a first for the city. Each year, buildings around … Read more

Magdalen Tower set to turn blue for World Diabetes Day

Clinicians and researchers are preparing to light Oxford’s Magdalen Tower blue to mark World Diabetes Day – and have invited patients and visitors to then learn more at an open day about the condition at the Churchill Hospital. The tower at Magdalen College in High Street will follow in the footsteps of other landmarks including … Read more

Genetics of type 2 diabetes revealed in unprecedented detail

The largest study of its kind into type 2 diabetes has produced the most detailed picture to date of the genetics underlying the condition. More than 300 scientists from 22 countries collaborated on the study, which analysed the genomes of more than 120,000 people with ancestral origins in Europe, South and East Asia, the Americas … Read more

Blood pressure linked to diabetes in major new study

High blood pressure sufferers have an almost 60 per cent greater chance of developing diabetes, according to a major global study. Study author Professor Kazem Rahimi said that in face of earlier conflicting and inconclusive reports, this study now reliably shows the connection between high blood pressure and diabetes and it could lead to new … Read more

Volunteers sought for testosterone diabetes study

Men with Type 2 diabetes are needed for a study looking at a new treatment to correct low testosterone levels. Volunteers aged 18-60 would receive injections of a hormone which researchers from the Churchill Hospital in Oxford have found can boost the body’s production of testosterone. Testosterone levels are often low in men with type … Read more

National award for project providing better care for women with diabetes during pregnancy

A project which has harnessed technology to improve care for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy has won a national prize.   The team behind GDm-health – the gestational diabetes smartphone app received the Best Digital Initiative trophy at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards.   The project is a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals … Read more

Diabetes screening could happen at home

Research led by the University of Oxford has found that people may be able to test themselves for diabetes in the comfort of their own home, using a novel electronic screening device. The device was trialled in both healthy volunteers and people with diabetes, both in the home and in the clinic. The study found … Read more

Video encourages patients to participate in diabetes trial

A new video from the Diabetes Trials Unit (DTU) at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) is being launched today, on World Diabetes Day. Produced with local film company Nice Tree Films and funding from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Oxford, the video features DTU Deputy Director Dr Angelyn Bethel and research … Read more

Genetic cause of insulin sensitivity offers diabetes clues

The first single gene cause of increased sensitivity to the hormone insulin has been discovered by a team of Oxford University researchers. The opposite condition – insulin resistance – is a common feature of type 2 diabetes, so finding this cause of insulin sensitivity could offer new opportunities for pursuing novel treatments for diabetes. Although … Read more

New diabetes research theme leader appointed

Professor David Matthews has handed over the reigns of diabetes research theme leader (Oxford Biomedical Research Centre – OxBRC) to Dr Fredrik Karpe, Reader in Metabolic Medicine, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Physician. In 2007 Dr Karpe initiated the Oxford Biobank for prospective genetic epidemiological research.   The aim is to study … Read more