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.
As part of King’s Health Partners’ Institute of Diabetes, Obesity & Endocrinology, we have a very distinguished history of research into how the body produces insulin. We delivered the first insulin treatment in the UK, first developed insulin pump therapy and pioneered islet transplantation and metabolic surgery as treatment options for our patients.
Our research explores the structure and function of glucose-regulating cells (islets), 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.
Based at King’s Denmark Hill and Guy’s campuses, we bring together 60 experts in molecular and cell biology and specialists in a range of clinical techniques. We are, therefore, uniquely placed to teach the next generation of doctors, endocrinologists and diabetes researchers. We contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses at King’s and offer a range of opportunities for postgraduate research.