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Diabetes team achieve success at national conference

The Diabetes Research Team at King’s College London made substantial contributions to the Diabetes UK Professional Conference held in Manchester last month.

Stephanie Amiel, Professor of Diabetic Medicine and Head of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, delivered a key lecture – the Banting Memorial Lecture – entitled ‘A life in balance: wandering the pathways of control’.

Professor Amiel spoke about her research in experimental medicine to address the problem of hypoglycaemia in diabetes treatments. In collaboration with colleagues at King’s in liver transplantation and islet research, she has developed clinical islet transplantation as a treatment for intractable hypoglycaemia in the UK.

Her work has also involved the characterisation of people with newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes in the local community.

John Pickup, Professor of Metabolic Medicine at King’s, has been invited to present the Banting Memorial Lecture at next year’s conference.

Elsewhere at the conference, Clinical Research Fellow Dr Yee Cheah won the Diabetes UK Type 2 Diabetes Research Award, for his work on regional brain responses to food ingestion. The award is given to work which ‘has contributed most to the advancement of the understanding of Type 2 diabetes and its treatment’.

Overall, there were 56 abstracts by King's authors, which contributed around 9% of the total presented at the conference, ranging from basic science to healthcare delivery.