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DTU now part of Oxford's newly-created Radcliffe Department of Medicine

News Image The Diabetes Trials Unit (DTU) has joined the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, a large new multidisciplinary department within the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford.

Led by Professor Hugh Watkins, the RDM aims to advance our understanding of medical conditions at the basic level and apply this knowledge to clinical care....

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DTU Director gives invited talks in Chile and the US

News Image November has seen Professor Rury Holman give several invited talks at global meetings in Chile and the USA.

On 12th November, he gave three talks at the XXXI World Congress of Internal Medicine - two talks about therapies for type 2 diabetes, and one about hyperglycaemia and cardiovascular risk....

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DTU video encourages people to participate in diabetes trials

News Image A new video from the Diabetes Trials Unit (DTU) at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) is being launched today, on World Diabetes Day.

Produced with local film company Nice Tree Films and funding from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Oxford, the video features DTU Deputy Director Dr Angelyn Bethel and research nurse Sarah White encouraging people to take part in clinical trials and get involved with research at OCDEM....

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TRG Research Bulletin - Autumn 2012

News Image The autumn edition of the TRG newsletter is now available. Click the link below to find out about our work and recent activities:


Oxford University ranked top in the world for medicine

News Image Oxford University has retained its position as best in the world for medicine, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University as a whole came joint second in the world....

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First CIDE Visiting Professor

News Image DTU Director Professor Rury Holman was elected as the first China Initiative for Diabetes Excellence (CIDE) program Visiting Professor on 21st September 2012, and gave four invited talks at their two-day meeting in Hangzhou, China.

The CIDE program, which received a 5-year grant under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Health, is run in collaboration with the Chinese Diabetes Society (CDS), the Chinese National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organisation Collaborating Center for Diabetes Education, Translation and Computer Technology (WHO), and the International Diabetes Center (IDC) & Mayo Clinic....

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DTU's Full UKCRC Clinical Trials Unit Registration has been renewed

News Image We are delighted to announce that the DTU's full registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) has been renewed, which enables us to continue to work as a UKCRC Clinical Trials Unit.

The award recognises clinical trials units that have the expertise to centrally coordinate high quality multi-centre clinical trials, and aims to help improve the quality and quantity of available expertise in the UK....

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TRG Research Bulletin - Summer 2012

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Study suggests diabetes drug metformin does not protect against cancer

News Image Research published online this month led by researchers at the University of Oxford, including DTU, suggests that the diabetes drug metformin does not prevent people from developing cancer.

The study, funded by Diabetes UK and published in the journal Diabetologia, analysed the largest collection of clinical trials data ever used to study metformin and cancer....

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Successful Finishing School for Specialist Registrars held in Oxford

The eighth OCDEM / Young Diabetologists' Forum (YDF) Finishing School was held at Eynsham Hall, Oxford on 21 and 22 June, chaired by Professors Rury Holman and Edwin Gale.

Fifteen specialist registrars came from all over the UK to listen to talks and attend workshops by diabetes experts about complex clinical issues in diabetes and to receive advice about how best to manage the transition to consultant status....

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DTU appoints new Senior Clinical Researcher

News Image We are delighted to announce that Dr Michael Theodorakis joined the Diabetes Trials Unit (DTU) as a Senior Clinical Researcher on 1st July.

Michael has relocated from Athens, Greece, where he was a member of the medical faculty at the University of Athens Medical School, and also a clinician at the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Unit, University of Athens....

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TECOS celebrates enrolment milestone at the ADA

News Image We are delighted to announce that more than 14,000 patients have now been recruited to the Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes With Sitagliptin (TECOS) trial.

Investigators from across the globe joined the TECOS management team to celebrate reaching this milestone at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conference in Philadelphia, USA on Saturday 9th June....

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DTU staff attend ADA conference in the States

News Image Several DTU staff presented their work at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conference in Philadelphia, USA, this week.

DTU Director Prof Rury Holman presented a late-breaking poster on Sunday 10th June showing that the apparent rapid increase in glucose levels thought to occur just before diabetes is diagnosed may be an artefact....

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Prof Holman speaks about ACE trial at ADA conference

News Image DTU Director Professor Rury Holman gave an invited talk at the first joint China Medical Tribune and American Diabetes Association (ADA) symposium - 'A Perspective on "Metabetes" from China' - in Philadelphia, USA on Saturday 9th June.

His talk updated attendees about the rationâle for the Acarbose Cardiovascular Evaluation (ACE) Trial, its design, and progress to date....

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Members of DTU accompany University's Vice-Chancellor on China visit

News Image DTU Director Professor Rury Holman, Head of Development Joanne Keenan and Head of Clinical Research Zoe Doran have accompanied Oxford's Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton and researchers from the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) on a visit to China.

The team took part in an event in Beijing on 14th May to celebrate Oxford University and China's research collaborations in the field of medical sciences....

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Local press helps DTU seek volunteers for aspirin trial

News Image A clinical trial run by DTU's Translational Research Group (TRG) has featured in the local media in the hope that it encourages people to take part.

Funded by the British Heart Foundation, the study aims to find out if changing the way we give aspirin to people with type 2 diabetes could help protect them from heart attacks and strokes....

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Prof Holman gives opening speech at Chinese Diabetes meeting

News Image Professor Rury Holman gave the opening keynote speech at the 4th annual Asian-Pacific Bayer Chinese Diabetes (ABCD) meeting in Chengdu, China on Saturday 12th May.

Prof Ji Linong, President of the Chinese Diabetes Society, introduced Prof Holman's talk describing "Early Intervention Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes"....

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DTU Director joins prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences

News Image We are delighted to announce that Professor Rury Holman has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences, for his outstanding contribution to medical science.

Professor Holman joins 45 other leading researchers from around the UK, including five other Oxford researchers, to be elected as Fellows of the Academy this year....

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DTU Director speaks at largest ever European Endocrinology conference

News Image Professor Rury Holman was invited to speak at the 15th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE), held in conjunction with the 14th European Congress of Endocrinology, on Sunday 6th May.

This year's conference in Florence, Italy, was the largest ever European Endocrinology meeting with more than 5300 delegates attending and presenting 2012 abstracts....

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Professor Holman gives talk at ESH meeting in London

News Image Professor Rury Holman gave an invited talk at the 22nd annual European Meeting on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection on Sunday 29th April.

His talk at the ICC in London, entitled "Ongoing Randomized Trials for Cardiovascular Protection with Incretin Drugs", was given during a session exploring the effects of glucose lowering drugs on cardiovascular risk....

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DTU Clinician wins Oxford College scholarship

News Image Congratulations to our senior clinical researcher Dr Harald Sourij, who has been appointed the Robert Turner Research Associate for one year at Green Templeton College (GTC), University of Oxford.

Harald is the Academic Clinical Lead for one of our international megatrials, EXSCEL (EXenatide Study of Cardiovascular Event Lowering)....

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More evidence that gene variations influence metformin response

News Image Together with others, DTU researchers have confirmed that a variation in a gene called ATM could help to explain why some people have a better response to a first-line drug for type 2 diabetes called metformin.

This study, which confirms work published previously in Nature Genetics, has examined an additional population of over 1000 people taking metformin in the UK and the Netherlands....

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DTU Director invited to speak at Abu Dhabi conference

News Image Professor Rury Holman gave a keynote talk at the Second Annual PharmaCoEconomics Middle East Forum in Abu Dhabi on 23rd March.

His talk described how the UKPDS model can quantify the burden of type 2 diabetes by simulating and predicting its many complications, with their different impacts on quality of life and different cost consequences, over a lifetime....

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Successful 2012 Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Open Day

News Image Several groups within the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Diabetes Theme took part in this year's public open day which was held on the 14th March in the Churchill Hospital.

This third annual event was filled with enthusiastic patients, members of the public and healthcare professionals all there to learn more about local science and medicine....

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DTU appoints a new Deputy Director

News Image We are delighted to announce that Dr Angelyn Bethel will become the new Deputy Director of the Diabetes Trials Unit (DTU) from 5th March.

Angelyn joined the DTU in 2008 from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, USA....

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Professor Holman speaks at tenth annual NNDU meeting in China

News Image Professor Rury Holman gave an invited keynote talk at the annual Novo Nordisk Diabetes Update (NNDU) in Tianjin, China on Sunday 12th February.

More than 400 Chinese senior endocrinologists attended his talk, "Warning signals from clinical trials: all that glitters is not gold
", where he described the importance of clinical trial design and how trial results should always be reported in context....

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Women develop diabetes at higher BMIs than men

News Image In an analysis of the British Regional Heart Study and the British Women´s Heart Health Study, Wannamethee and colleagues report that women develop diabetes at higher BMIs than men.

This is, however, a well-recognised finding demonstrated in 1988 by the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS), and later confirmed by a study using a US database....

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Why Medicine Needs Better Trials and Reporting

News Image In an age of media saturation and information overload, it is becoming more difficult to discern real health and safety signals from background noise.

In Diabetes Voice, Prof. Rury Holman argues that the future of medicine relies on effective clinical trials and competent reporting....

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