Academic Directorate of Diabetes & Endocrinology
The Academic Directorate of Diabetes and Endocrinology has built a national and international reputation in clinical studies. This has led to important benefits in the management of these long-term conditions.
The department conducts a range of work from ‘first into man’ studies in the endocrinology work through extensive experimental medicine work, phase 2 and phase 3 studies in collaborations with industrial partners to applied research involving development, refining and evaluation of complex interventions to encourage more effective self management of diabetes.
The diabetes and endocrinology research teams are based in the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals, and with 29 diabetes studies currently authorised (over half of which are CRN adopted), 13 endocrine studies and a further 12 in set-up, our team of researchers are kept very busy! The role of the Diabetes and Endocrinology research team is to design and set up trials, recruit patients onto ongoing research trials and to manage patients throughout the period of the specific research trial.
Research Topics and Leaders
|Prof Solomon Tesfaye
|Research Lead - Diabetes|
|Dr John Newell-Price
|Research Lead - Endocrinology|
|Dr Adrian Scott||Clinical Director|
|Directorate Research Coordinator|
Clinical Research Office Coordinator
(Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Studies)
Clinical Research Office Coordinator
Professor Solomon Tesfaye
Consultant Physician and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine
He specialises in the management of people with diabetic foot problems and painful diabetic neuropathy, upon which his research also focuses. He is the Research Lead for the Academic Directorate of Diabetes and Endocrinology at STH and Vice Chairman of the Science and research committee of Diabetes UK.
Professor Simon Heller
Professor of Clinical Diabetes and Honorary Consultant Physician
Director of Research & Development, STH
His research interests include the pathophysiology of hypoglycaemia in diabetes, exploring approaches to improving diabetes self-management and clinical trials.
Staff Profile: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/humanmetabolism/people/heller
Professor Richard Ross
Professor of Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Physician
Head of the Unit of Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Sheffield
The focus of his clinical and basic research is optimising pituitary hormone replacement. The Clinical Research Programme has been investigating different regimens for replacing cortisol, testosterone and oestrogen in hypopituitary, hypogonadal and adrenal insufficient patients.
Staff Profile: https://www.shef.ac.uk/humanmetabolism/people/ross
Dr Jackie Elliott
Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician
Her research interests include complex interventions for patients with diabetes. She is also involved in studies examining the utility of insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitors.
Staff Profile: https://www.shef.ac.uk/humanmetabolism/people/elliott
Professor John Newell-Pice
Chair of Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Physician
The focus of his clinical and basic research is glucocorticoid excess, Cushing’s syndrome, and neuroendocrine tumours with the aim of improving diagnosis and developing new therapies in these areas. John chairs the Joint Specialty Committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Rajiv Gandhi
His research focuses on developing technology to diagnose autonomic neuropathy at an early stage. He is also involved in in projects examining treatment of diabetic foot ulceration which is itself a complication of neuropathy.
Dr Alia Munir
Her clinical and research interests include neuroendocrine tumours
('carcinoid' and phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma)
Dr Adrian Scott
Clinical Director for the Academic Directorate of Diabetes & Endocrinology
His special interests include diabetes in adolescents and the management of obesity in people with type 2 diabetes.
Dr Dinesh Selvarajah
Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Honorary Consultant Physician
The focus of his research is Neuroimaging in subjects with Diabetic Neuropathic Pain; he is also involved in work on improving in-patient care. He was the recipient of the Neuro-Diab Young Clinical Investigators Award.
Dr Soon Song
Clinical lead for antenatal diabetes, insulin pump, young type 2 diabetes, diabetic renal disease and heart failure services; he is also involved in the formulation of guidelines for lipid and hypertension management in Sheffield. His research interest focuses specifically on cardiovascular risk and complications in young type 2 diabetes.
Sue joined the diabetes team in 1998 as a Diabetes Research and Specialist Nurse, working with Prof. Heller on a large number and variety of complex clinical trials, academic research and hypoglycaemic clamp studies.
Chloe has been working as a Diabetes Research Nurse in the team for since 2011, following a year-long secondment working with the in-patient diabetes team, promoting the ‘Think Glucose’ campaign, designed to improve the care of in-patients with diabetes.
Helena Renberg-Fawcett, Sue Hudson, Chloe Nisbet
|Linda Greaves, Sharon Caunt, Pavel Rusev|
Helena joined the team in 2014 after working as a staff nurse in medical outpatients. Her previous experience includes working with diabetes in a variety of settings. She developed an interest in diabetes research following completion of a post-graduate certificate in long-term conditions.
Dr Sharon Caunt
Sharon is the Directorate Research Coordinator and assists the team in study set-up, research governance and performance management, and oversees the activities of the Lay ADvise for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (LADDER) panel.
Linda is a Diabetes Research Administrator and provides administration and secretarial support to the Diabetes Research Team and to DAFNE Educator Team.
Navone is the Directorate Research Administrator and provides comprehensive administrative support to the Directorate’s Research Team.