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Leeds Beckett University marks World Diabetes Day with new collaboration


Leeds Beckett University is marking World Diabetes Day today (14 November) by announcing an exciting new collaboration with the AGADA Institute, a European organisation dedicated to advance the excellence and quality of diabetes education, research, patient care and clinical practice.

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Researchers from Leeds Beckett will be sharing their expertise in the field of diabetes and lifestyle management, and will help develop new and innovative solutions to improve diabetes management and diabetes outcomes across Europe and Asia.

AGADA is a European-based Diabetes Education and Research non-governmental organisation which focuses on pursuing excellence in care for those with type 1 diabetes, by continued high-quality education of health care professionals and the effective transfer of up-to-date knowledge and research into clinical practice. It ensures structure, transparency and support to diabetes-related projects.

Explaining the new collaboration, Dr Matthew Campbell, who leads the Diabetes Research Team within the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, said: “This new and exciting collaboration is testament to our continually evolving reputation and presence on the international stage; our work is underpinned by high-impact, world-leading multidisciplinary research, which has already informed clinical guidance and large multinational projects which serve to improve care offered to people living with diabetes. We hope to continue and share our successes with our European and Asia colleagues, in what will be an important strategic relationship for the University, its stakeholders and the wider diabetes community.”

Dr Nicky Kime, who leads the patient engagement and behavioural change component within the Diabetes Research Team, and Dr Campbell have recently been awarded funds by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in recognition of the importance and potential impact of research being undertaken at Leeds Beckett. The funding will be used to develop a type 1 diabetes research planning group.

The type 1 diabetes planning group will work together to prioritise and develop new research studies investigating the management of type 1 diabetes with physical activity in and around the home.

The team are appealing for people with type 1 diabetes to have their say on how future research is to be conducted. Dr Nicky Kime said: “Those who have first-hand experience of type 1 diabetes are more in tune with key issues around physical activity and will be better equipped to communicate and develop the fundamental elements of research projects. We want to put people with diabetes first in all aspects of our research, all the way from designing to disseminating our research”.

“The important thing to note, is that you don’t have to be very active to join the group, in fact we would be very interested to hear from you if you’re not active at all. The experiences of all those who take part in the group will be invaluable for the design of our future research studies.”

The researchers are currently looking for adults from all social and cultural backgrounds to join the group. The group will meet four times a year and refreshments will be provided. All reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

If you’re interested in joining the group or would like more information please contact Nicky Kime on 0113 812 6008 or N.Kime@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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