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Division of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences

The Division of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences brings together basic scientists, clinicians and public health practitioners in the two disciplines to develop evidence based strategies for the prevention of diet related and metabolic diseases. The Division also aims to translate findings from basic science to improve their clinical management.

Diabetes now affects up to 8% of the UK population and uses at least 10% of NHS resources. This epidemic of diabetes is driven by obesity. Tackling the growing burden of obesity and age-related morbidity, which is accompanying the apparently inexorable rise in the number of older people, will be the biggest challenge for biomedical research for the foreseeable future.

There is also increasing evidence that ageing trajectories are highly malleable and that diet may be one of the most potent modifying factors.

The Division has presence on four different King’s campuses -  Waterloo, St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s Campus and Denmark Hill. The Diabetes Research Group is represented both on the Guy’s Campus, which houses the basic research programmes on islet physiology and cell biology, and on the Denmark Hill Campus, which houses the Experimental Medicine Group, research in Diabetes and Mental Health and the Human Islet Isolation Unit. The Nutrition Research Group is mainly based at Waterloo but also has access to the Clinical Research Facility at St Thomas’ Hospital. Nutrition research is organised into three main themes – Diet and Cardiovascular Health, Diet and Gastrointestinal Health, and Metal Metabolism.

The Division is led by Professor Mark Peakman.

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