Our Research Advisory Board comprises experts in a wide variety of research disciplines to ensure that all applications are assessed knowledgably and fairly.
As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities we are committed to maintaining a rigorous peer review process for the assessment of research applications, for which the Advisory Board are responsible. This process ensures that only the highest quality research at the best institutions receives DRWF funding. When we are awarding a DRWF Fellowship, we are also intent on rewarding determined and committed individuals who have a proven track record in diabetes research and can display an intention to continue working in the field. It is our hope that a DRWF Fellowship can serve as a significant and fruitful step in the career of a bright, young and ambitious researcher.
Our current Board members are:
Chairman - Professor David R Matthews, MA, DPhil, BM, BCh, FRCP
Harris Manchester College – University of Oxford
Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism
David Matthews is currently Professor of Diabetes Medicine, University of Oxford, and is Medical Tutor and Vice Principal at Harris Manchester College, Oxford (www.hmc.ox.ac.uk). He is the emeritus founding chairman of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
His academic research interests include mathematical modelling of insulin resistance, homeostatic model assessment of beta-cell function and insulin resistance. He is the author of the HOMA model. He has a long-standing interest in the new therapeutic agents for type 2 diabetes. An emerging and vital concern has been the global obesity epidemic – and the pandemic of diabetes. He was a co-investigator of the UKPDS. He was a founding trustee of the Oxford Health Alliance (www.oxha.org) – campaigning and researching on chronic disease. He was the first Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease; a world-wide association of six research councils collaborating in the fight against Chronic Disease. He is Co-Director of the UK Diabetes Research Network. He has authored more than 230 publications and is on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
His interest in epidemic chronic disease stems from the concern that we are facing a pandemic of diabetes found in both developing and developed countries. The web site www.oxha.org gives more details of this. The Banting Lecture at Diabetes UK in 2010 was given in recognition of this work. He has set up a web site of diabetes experiences which is www.diabetes-stories.com.
He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was made Senior Scholar. He was an MRC scholar while studying for his DPhil and subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College and the Joan and Richard Doll Senior Research Fellow at Green College.
Dr Rob Andrews
Rob Andrews is an associate Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Exeter and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton.
At the University he leads a group that researches the role that exercise and diet can play in the prevention and management of Diabetes. Ongoing studies include the long term effects of diet and diet and exercise interventions in patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes (ACTID follow up); the role that sedentary time has in the metabolic characteristics of patients with Type 2 diabetes (STAMP 2); how exercise can affect beta cell function in Type 1 diabetes (EXTOD). He is also leading a project that aims to develop and pilot an education programme for patients with Type 1 Diabetes and health care professionals to guide insulin and carbohydrate adjustment for safe and effective exercise.
At Musgrove park hospital as well as doing regular Diabetes and Endocrine clinics he runs specialist adult, adolescent and paediatric sports clinics to give advice to sports men, women and children who have Type 1 diabetes.
Dr Luigi Gnudi MD PhD FRCP FASN
Professor of Diabetes & Metabolic Medicine, King’s College London School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Waterloo Campus, London, UK
Luigi Gnudi obtained his MD with Honours from the University of Parma (Italy) in 1988. He subsequently joined the residency programme in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Padua Medical School - Italy (1989-1993). During 1992-1995 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof Barbara B Kahn at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 1999 he obtained a PhD in Endocrinological Sciences from the University of Milan and in 2005 he became a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology.
In 1997 Luigi Gnudi was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Unit for Metabolic Medicine within the Cardiovascular Division of King’s College London School of Medicine, and in 2011, was promoted to Professor of Diabetes & Metabolic Medicine. He has been Head of the Unit for Metabolic Medicine since 2010. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Luigi Gnudi is subject editor for Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, and Metabolism. He is a member of Diabetes UK, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, American Diabetes Association, American Society of Nephrology, European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group, Physiological Society, ERA-EDTA, and Faculty 1000.
He speaks frequently at national and international meetings and is an active researcher, clinician, and teacher with major research interests in the study of diabetic nephropathy and diabetic vascular complications in man. He has published more than 70 original papers, books and monographs and meeting proceedings on these topics.
Dr Mark Evans
Mark Evans is a University Lecturer in the Institute of Metabolic Science and Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge and an Honorary Consultant Physician in Medicine and diabetes at the Addenbrookes teaching hospital in Cambridge (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT).
He qualified in Medicine at St Bartholomews Hospital in 1988 and then subsequently worked and trained as a junior doctor at a number of hospitals in London and South East. He completed an MD at University of London and then spent 3 years at Yale University in USA (1999 to 2002) in the laboratory of Professor Robert Sherwin before returning to his current UK post in 2002.
His particular interests are in type 1 diabetes, structured education, devices and technology including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and automated insulin delivery, hypoglycaemia and brain nutrient sensing.
Professor Angela Shore, Vice-Dean Research, University of Exeter Medical School
Professor Angela Shore is the inaugural Vice-Dean Research for the University of Exeter Medical School, and was previously Interim Vice-Dean Research for the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry since 2009. She is the Scientific Director of the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine and Associate Director for Experimental Medicine for the UKCRN diabetes research network.
Professor Shore graduated in Physiology from the University of Newcastle and was awarded her PhD for an investigation of the vascular mechanisms underlying fluid homeostasis in patients with Liver Disease. Following postdoctoral positions at the University of London where she expanded her research into the vascular aspects of hypertension, Professor Shore moved to the Postgraduate Medical School Exeter in 1987 to establish the clinical microvascular research unit funded by the Wellcome Trust. Currently Professor Shore’s work which is funded by the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, European Union IMI JU and NIHR investigates novel approaches to the identification of early vascular complications and patient stratification for cardiovascular risk.
She was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Science in 2000. As the Interim Vice Dean for Research and previously the Director for the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Professor Shore played a central role in the research success of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, driving the research strategy, the appointment of new staff and the development of state of the art facilities. She also led the last three successful RAE submissions. Professor Shore is committed to interdisciplinary research and was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Exeter Science Strategy Theme “Translational Medicine, Personalised Medicine and Public Health” to drive forward this approach. Professor Shore is actively involved in Microcirculation research worldwide. She is Treasurer of the European Society for Microcirculation, and represents Europe on the International Liaison Committee.
Professor Peter Jones, King’s College London
Peter Jones is Professor of Endocrine Biology in the Diabetes Research Group at the Guy’s campus of King’s College London. Peter obtained his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research (London) studying peptide hormones in the central nervous system. He started working on β-cell function in diabetes as a postdoctoral fellow at Queen Elizabeth College in 1984. He was awarded an R.D. Lawrence Fellowship by the British Diabetic Association, followed by a Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship, after which he took up an academic position as Lecturer in Physiology at King’s. He was awarded the British Diabetic Association R.D. Lawrence Lecture for 1997 and the Diabetes UK Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture for 2015 in recognition of his work on β-cell function. His research interests remain with the β-cell, with current focus on cell-cell interactions within islets of Langerhans, strategies for improving islet transplantation therapy for Type 1 diabetes and novel therapeutic targets for Type 2 diabetes.
Professor Kath Barnard PhD CPsychol AFBPsS
Health Psychologist / Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University
Professor Katharine Barnard, Chartered Health Psychologist, specializes in the psychosocial impact and management of diabetes. She has a longstanding research interest in the psychosocial issues associated with diabetes and its management. Through this research, a greater understanding has been gained of the factors that contribute to therapy choices and quality of life; and the impact that diabetes and its’ treatment has on both the individuals with the condition and their family members.The effect of diabetes, both medically and psychologically in terms of everyday coping, psychosocial impact, functional health status and psychological burden, is a multifaceted and complex area and Professor Barnard’s research to date has made significant advances in unravelling some of these complexities. Professor Barnard has published extensively, is often invited to speak both nationally and internationally and leads cutting edge postgraduate training.
Professor Barnard’s currently leading on psychosocial aspects within several multi-centre RCTs evaluating diabetes technologies such as closed-loop, insulin pump therapy and bolus calculators. She is the PI of the INSPIRE study into psych aspects of artificial pancreas devices; the UK psychological lead on global diabetes attitudes wishes and needs research; Principal Investigator in a programme of research to minimise alcohol associated risks for young adults with T1DM; is engaged in ongoing research in co-morbid depression and diabetes; health technology assessment; and patient-professional communication to support enhanced self-management and motivation. Professor Barnard is a recent Chair of the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, Expert Advisor to NICE, Associate Lecturer at a number of UK universities and sits on the editorial boards of several journals and funding bodies.
Professor James Shaw PhD
James Shaw is Professor of Regenerative Medicine for Diabetes at Newcastle University and Honorary Physician at the Newcastle Diabetes Centre and Freeman Hospital.
Following PhD completion as an MRC fellow with Kevin Docherty exploring gene and cell replacement therapy for diabetes, a Glaxo-Smith-Kline Senior Fellowship enabled him to move to Newcastle and join the world-acclaimed diabetes team there.
In addition to setting up a translational research laboratory he has established a regional insulin pump service, is a member of the Newcastle pancreas transplant team and clinical lead for islet transplantation.
He is Chief Investigator for the multicentre Diabetes UK-funded HypoCOMPaSS RCT comparing optimised insulin analogue with pump therapy and conventional with continuous glucose monitoring in type 1 diabetes complicated by impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia. He led the successful United Kingdom Islet Transplant Consortium bid for dedicated NHS funding of this intervention as an established clinical procedure in 2008. This has underpinned a further multicentre Diabetes UK grant to prospectively evaluate biomedical / psychosocial outcomes in all UK islet recipients; and most recently participation in an international RCT evaluating the potential of a novel anti-inflammatory agent to maximise engrafted islet mass post-transplantation.
His laboratory group is exploring mechanisms underlying loss of beta-cell mass and function in diabetes in addition to further innovations in islet transplantation. Potentially reversible beta-cell dedifferentiation as a common mechanism underlying beta-cell dysfunction in type 1, type 2 and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes in addition to post-transplantation is becoming a major focus, facilitated by recent Strategic Research Centre funding from the CF Trust. Progress has been considerably accelerated by inauguration of the Newcastle University Islet Isolation and Innovation Hub providing dedicated access to clinical grade research islet preparations.