Moray Group supporting research with £4,000.

To mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2018, the Moray Diabetes UK Group have announced that they are donating £4,000 to support diabetes research projects. This money has been collected at various events over the year, along with generous donations. 

In one of the projects being supported, Type 1 diabetes often arises in childhood, with an average age of diagnosis of 13 years.  Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical school have found a rare group of children diagnosed extremely early and understanding this may be very important. Ruby Cameron, from Elgin, was one of these children and she and her parents, Shonagh and Derek, have taken part in this study. For more information on this project see: 

www.diabetes.org.uk/research/our-research-projects/south-west/understanding-the-extremely-early-onset-of-type-1-diabetes

Another project being supported concerns Metformin which is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes, but it’s only effective in two thirds of people and we don’t know why. Doctors at the University of Dundee want to study the genetics of people with Type 2 diabetes, to see if it’s possible to predict whether treatment with metformin will be effective. This way, we could improve the strategies for personalising Type 2 diabetes therapies in the future.   For more information on this project, see: www.diabetes.org.uk/research/our-research-projects/scotland/metformin-and-type-2-genetics