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Academic Lead(s):
Dr Marietta Stadler

The IAT programme with the diabetes clinical academic team within the KHP Institute of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity and the Diabetes research group in the KCL Department of Diabetes/School of Life Course and Population Sciences/ Faculty of Life sciences and Medicine has close links with the clinical diabetes and endocrinology services at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’. The clinical services provide both local secondary care services in diabetes and endocrinology and tertiary services in diabetes, obesity and endocrinology.

The combined academic and clinical services have an international reputation for the management of type 1 diabetes and its complications; obesity and diabetic foot disease, with particular interests in hypoglycaemia, use of technology in insulin delivery and monitoring, diabetes and mental health and metabolic surgery. Basic science research includes investigations into beta cell function and survival.

The IAT trainees benefit from the expertise along the continuum of methodologies from basic science, experimental medicine, epidemiology, qualitative research, development and testing of complex interventions, and multi-national clinical studies in a number of areas within diabetes and endocrinology including:

  1. Diabetes education/ psychological barriers to diabetes self-care
  2. Complex interventions combining diabetes education and behaviour change strategies
  3. Big data in diabetes clinical routine care and patient reported outcome measures
  4. Epidemiology of early type 2 diabetes
  5. Type 1 diabetes and hypoglycaemia
  6. Type 1 diabetes and technology
  7. Diabetes and mental health
  8. Diabetes in pregnancy
  9. Ethnic differences in diabetes
  10. Islet biology and transplantation
  11. Diabetic foot disease and cardio-renal-vascular chronic complications
  12. Obesity interventions
  13. Artificial intelligence supported analyses for diabetes outcomes
  14. Endocrinology/ bones

IAT trainees are fully integrated into the clinical training programme in diabetes and endocrinology (training lead Dr Omar Mustafa) and benefit from clinical experiences required for meeting training competencies, including on-call, out- and inpatient care.

During the research time allocated to ACFs, 3 months in every 12 months, they will be fully embedded in their host research group without clinical commitments.

Arrangements for ACLs are flexible, with job plans providing protected research time usually in blocks alternating with clinical training, but with the options of working academically specific days each week, to provide optimal clinical/research balance for their research interests.

IAT trainees join our multi-disciplinary team of PI’s, PhD-, MSc- and BSc-students, research coordinators and nurses. They benefit from our established clinical academic infrastructure, with weekly internal research meetings and monthly departmental meetings, and from our collaborations within KCL (Eating Disorder Unit, Liaison Psychiatry, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health), nationally (Bournemouth and Sheffield) and internationally (Medical University Vienna, STENO centre Denmark), including the trans-campus research programme with Dresden.

IAT trainee has the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in clinical multi-centre studies, trials of complex interventions to overcome psychological barriers to diabetes self-care, big data epidemiology research in diabetes clinical care, qualitative research methods, islet biology, and glucose clamps. The IAT trainee is able to choose from a number of academically active supervisors who have a track record of developing trainees into successful clinical academics and academic clinicians. They also have access to the excellent KCL IAT research training and will be encouraged to present their work nationally/internationally.

IAT trainees are able to choose from a number of clinical academic active supervisors who have a track record of developing trainees into successful clinical academics and academic clinicians:

They can also choose from PIs in the basic sciences team, for example,

Dr Gavin Bewick
Prof Shanta Persaud
Prof Peter Jones

About the IAT programme

About the IAT programme

The King's College London NIHR-funded Integrated Academic Training programme allows medical and…