Learn about uni’s groundbreaking diabetes research

Prof John Clapham, left, and Prof Mike Cawthorne in the Clore Laboratory
Prof John Clapham, left, and Prof Mike Cawthorne in the Clore Laboratory

Find out about cutting-edge diabetes research being carried out at the University of Buckingham at a free public lecture on World Diabetes Day, Thursday, November 14.

Prof John Clapham, who has recently joined the university’s Clore Lab after 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, promised that his talk will not be overly technical.

He will look at the scale of the worldwide diabetes problem, its history, the shortage of modern diabetes drugs, why it takes so long for them to get to market and what the future holds. He will also talk about new approaches being taken by scientists at the university, including the possibility of deriving drugs from plants.

An estimated three million people in the UK have diabetes, a disease that affects blood sugar levels and increases the risk of heart attack, kidney failure, male impotence and blindness.

There is currently no cure, and a person with type 2 diabetes today will receive the same pills that have been available for decades.

Prof Mike Cawthorne, head of the Clore Lab, is a world authority in discovering new drugs for metabolic diseases.

His ambition now is to find drugs that revolutionise the way we treat type 2 diabetes.

He said: “It’s a disease that’s become an epidemic within many people’s lifetimes. In many ways, it’s the silent disease. The vast majority of people diagnosed go to the GP with something else.”

The free talk is at 6.30pm at the Radcliffe Centre.