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How is research in Cambridge tackling diabetes?

The free SciBar event on Tuesday 8 November from 7pm at the Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Regent Street is hosted jointly by Cambridge British Science Association, Cambridge University Health Partners and the University of Cambridge to mark World Diabetes Day.
When Nov 08, 2016
from 06:25 PM to 11:00 PM
Where Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Regent Street
Contact Name Tony Taylorson
Contact Phone 01223 274659 or 07824 367401.
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More than 3.5 million people in the UK have diabetes and with fears growing of the human and financial cost of the disease, a special event are taking place in Cambridge to reveal how advances in science may relieve the pressure on health services and help those affected.

 

The free SciBar event on Tuesday 8 November from 7pm at the Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Regent Street is hosted jointly by Cambridge British Science Association, Cambridge University Health Partners and the University of Cambridge to mark World Diabetes Day.

 

The event will involve two talks from experts in their fields:

  • Dr Frank Waldron-Lynch will discuss how type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, whose treatment usually requires the injection of insulin several times a day to replace what the body cannot produce itself. Dr Waldron-Lynch will reveal how his research is aiming to develop innovative therapies which could one day eradicate the need for regular injections or pumps.
  • Dr Nita Forouhi leads a programme of research at the MRC Epidemiology Unit that aims to understand the association between diet and the risk of, obesity, type 2 diabetes and related disorders. Dr Forouhi will speak about how her research is helping to cut through the confusing messages about diet and nutrition and to focus on the dietary priorities for preventing diabetes.

Baroness Helene Hayman, Chair of Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “In recent weeks, reports have been published predicting one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035 and the number of people with the disease could top five million if obesity rates continue to increase. The impact of this ‘diabetes epidemic’ on the future viability of our Health Services could be substantial, with experts forecasting it could consume up to 17 per cent of the NHS budget. This is a serious issue which needs to be met head on through the collaboration of healthcare, scientists, policy makers and industry.

 

“At our special diabetes event, Dr Frank Waldron-Lynch and Dr Nita Forouhi will explain how new technology and knowledge can help reduce the number of new diabetes cases, as well as  help those with diabetes manage their conditions more successfully. Join us as we bring the science and research out of the labs and databases for a lively conversation in a relaxed environment.”

 

Vasee Vinayagamoorthy, Co-chair of Cambridge British Science Association, said: "Cambridge residents are not only producers of innovative science and research, but also have a passion for learning and staying updated with the latest developments in our labs. We are lucky to be in a place where people understand the value of collaboration and knowledge sharing. This is a great opportunity to increase the awareness of diabetes and to think about the changes necessary to deal with the disease better in the future."

 

For more information and to book a ticket visit www.cambridgescibar.eventbrite.co.uk

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