Inside a diabetes research lab

Published on: 30 April 2018

Inside a diabetes research lab (Credit: Diabetes UK)

Islet Biology Exeter are a research team based at the University of Exeter Medical School. They study the factors that cause people to develop diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the leading global health challenges of the 21st Century and there is a rising incidence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes around the world.

The team examines the mechanisms that lead to beta-cell dysfunction and death in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Their work in Type 1 diabetes makes use of a unique cohort of pancreas samples recovered from patients who died soon after diagnosis, to study the natural history of the disease.

In addition, they employ cell culture models to study the role of fatty acids as regulators of beta-cell viability.

Professor Noel Morgan and the team recently opened the doors of the lab as a thank you to Diabetes UK fundraisers who help support their groundbreaking research.

"There is nothing like being able to talk to people affected by diabetes.

Their enthusiasm for our work was inspiring and made us realise that we have to keep doing this and do our best for people living with diabetes."

Professor Noel Morgan, Director of the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, University of Exeter

Thanking fundraisers

The group recently produced a set of videos with Diabetes UK to thank the incredibly important contributions of their fundraisers and patients.

Diabetes patient and fundraiser Shane recently took a tour of the lab: you find out what happened at the top of this page, or hear from some of our other researchers and fundraisers in the video below.

To read more, visit our diabetes research website or follow #ExeterDiabetes on Twitter

Professor Noel Morgan is researching what happens in the pancreas when Type 1 diabetes develops. You can also find out about his research in this video:

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» Diabetes UK

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