Our Diabetes Department has a long established track-record in clinical research relating to diabetes and its complications. For over 10 years, Torbay Hospital was a site for the UKPDS, a landmark study run from Oxford which demonstrated for the first time that good glucose and blood pressure control reduces the risk of serious complications of diabetes.
In 2007, our department became a member of the Peninsula Diabetes Research Network (DRN). We currently have an ongoing portfolio of commercial and academic clinical trials and other studies linked to the DRN.
In addition, our department has an ongoing programme of local investigator-initiated academic research. Our areas of research interest include arterial stiffness and autonomic neuropathy in diabetes; diabetic foot ulceration; and Alstrom Syndrome.
We have an established research team consisting of 2 Diabetes Consultants, 3 experienced research nurses and an administrator.