The Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) is hosted within former clinical space at the Leicester General Hospital, and offers excellent access for people with diabetes, their families and carers, particularly those from Black and minority ethnic groups from the east side of Leicester City. The Centre now forms one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research in diabetes, with a floor space of over 4000m2. This physical space has facilitated the co-location, for the first time in 10 years, of our growing number of research, academic, technical, administrative and clinical staff, providing the opportunity to work together as one team.
We are dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives, and aim to achieve benefits for people with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes through prevention and diabetes management.
Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and is academically affiliated with the University of Leicester College of Medicine, and Biological Sciences.
Applied health research units, like the Leicester Diabetes Centre are, uniquely for the UK, facilitating rapid progress across both translational research gaps - between basic science and applied health research, and between applied research and implementation. Our team is then well placed to move seamlessly from the generation of new ideas to the evolution and development of new therapeutic approaches and health care tools/systems, and beyond this, to the implementation of these approaches into routine clinical care. This integrated approach will rapidly reduce the time taken to move from experimental proof of concept studies into improved patient care.
The LDC has attracted a range of prestigious National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded infrastructure and other funding notably from the British Heart Foundation, European Union, Medical Research Council and Diabetes UK. The LDC also hosts a local CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and BRU (Biomedical Research Unit) in Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.