City pair in world’s top 10 ex­perts on di­a­betes

Leicester Mercury - - News - By STAFF RE­PORTER

TWO Leices­ter pro­fes­sors ap­pear in a top 10 list of the world’s lead­ing di­a­betes clin­i­cians.

Pro­fes­sors Kam­lesh Khunti and Me­lanie Davies es­tab­lished the Leices­ter Di­a­betes Cen­tre in 2012 and are fea­tured on the in­ter­na­tional Ex­pertscape list in third and ninth place re­spec­tively.

Pro­fes­sor Davies, Pro­fes­sor of Di­a­betes Medicine at the Univer­sity of Leices­ter, was also the high­est ranked woman in the doc­u­ment that has iden­ti­fied the 60 most knowl­edge­able and ex­pe­ri­enced clin­i­cians from all over the world.

Pro­fes­sor Khunti, who is Pro­fes­sor of Pri­mary Care Di­a­betes and Vas­cu­lar Medicine at the Univer­sity of Leices­ter, was third on the global list and topped the UK ver­sion of the same list, with Pro­fes­sor Davies in third place.

Both pro­fes­sors have led a num­ber of large global stud­ies in the field of di­a­betes, obe­sity and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and their work has in­flu­enced na­tional and in­ter­na­tional guide­lines on the screen­ing and man­age­ment of peo­ple with di­a­betes.

As well as co-lead­ing the di­a­betes cen­tre, Pro­fes­sor Khunti is also Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health Re­search’s Col­lab­o­ra­tion for Lead­er­ship in Ap­plied Health Re­search and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) East Mid­lands and Pro­fes­sor Davies is di­rec­tor of the Leices­ter NIHR BRC.

Pro­fes­sor Davies said: “We are all hugely proud of what we’ve achieved and to have our work recog­nised on a world­wide scale is hugely re­ward­ing.

“We’re a lead­ing ap­plied health re­search unit com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the lives and care of peo­ple with di­a­betes and other long-term con­di­tions.

“We be­lieve in keep­ing close to our com­mu­ni­ties – valu­ing their in­put, and their sup­port for all that we do. This sup­port has en­abled us to im­pact on the level care of peo­ple with di­a­betes re­ceive, not only in our own city, but also through­out the UK and around the globe.”

Sev­eral other Leices­ter Di­a­betes Cen­tre re­searchers have also fea­tured on the na­tional list, in­clud­ing Dr Laura Gray in 14th place, Dr Francesco Zac­cardi at num­ber 35 and Dr Tom Yates ranked in 59th place.

Pro­fes­sor Khunti said: “I am hugely hon­oured to be on this list, but the work we do could not be car­ried out with­out the team at the Leices­ter Di­a­betes Cen­tre. Uniquely, we col­lab­o­rate with pri­mary and se­condary care, ap­ply­ing ba­sic science and re­search into the real word, in a bid to change peo­ple’s lives.”

Based at Leices­ter Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, the Leices­ter Di­a­betes Cen­tre is re­spon­si­ble for world-lead­ing clin­i­cal re­search, ev­i­dence-based ed­u­ca­tion and cut­ting-edge in­no­va­tion. It is a part­ner­ship be­tween Leices­ter’s Hospi­tals and the Univer­sity of Leices­ter and is now ranked as Eu­rope’s largest di­a­betes re­search fa­cil­ity.

To­gether, Pro­fes­sors Davies and Khunti have built up the cen­tre team with more than 140 peo­ple car­ry­ing out over 50 stud­ies de­signed to im­prove the lives of peo­ple with di­a­betes.

Ex­pertscape is a health­care in­for­ma­tion web­site.

PROUD: Pro­fes­sors Khunti and Davies have been listed in a world top 10 of ex­perts

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