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Department of Diabetes

Our aim is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.

We work in laboratories, hospitals and with communities to better understand the causes, mechanisms and complications of diabetes and to find new ways to manage the disease.

We have a very distinguished history of diabetes research and treatment. We were the first in the UK to treat diabetes with insulin, we first developed insulin pump therapy and we pioneered islet transplantation and metabolic surgery as treatment options for our patients with diabetes.

Based at the Guy’s and Denmark Hill campuses, we bring together over 60 experts in molecular and cell biology and specialists in a range of clinical techniques, all of whom focus on improving the lives of people with diabetes. We are, therefore, uniquely placed to teach the next generation of diabetes researchers and doctors. We contribute to research-led undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and offer a range of opportunities for postgraduate research.

Our research explores the regulation of insulin release from the specialised beta-cells in islets of the pancreas, what happens when they go wrong and how this is shaped by genetics and lifestyle. We seek to understand diabetes at every stage of life and how the physiological changes it causes affect other aspects of physical and mental health. More information about ongoing projects in each of our five research groups can be found below.

Our research groups

Islet Biology

Islet Biology

Investigating islet (dys)function, identifying novel targets and improving islet transplantation.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Investigating diabetes mechanisms and treatment of hypoglycaemia, eating disorders and appetite…

Our people

Our people

Find out more about the staff in the Department of Diabetes.

Contact us

We have research groups based at both Denmark Hill and Guy's. Our main office space is located in the Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus.