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Dr Zoe Waller presents her diabetes research

As part of her research, funded by Diabetes UK and the Wellcome Trust, Dr Zoë Waller is presenting her research to lay audiences across East Anglia. The latest was last week in Wymondham, where she and her postdoctoral research assistant, Dr Emily Warner, explained to the local Diabetes UK support group what their research was about and how it could potentially discover new drugs to regulate insulin production.

The talk was followed by a Q&A session, with topics ranging from future steps to how research is funded to the difficulties surrounding securing funding for research in the current climate. The audience were eager to discuss their own experiences of diabetes and were actively engaged in discussions as to how this research may influence future treatment of the condition. Anne Hoare of the Wymondham Diabetes group says “I can understand how fundamental your research is for Diabetes and its implications for our conditions. I wish you well in your search to find a grant to continue your valuable work”. Speaking after the event, Zoë said “It was great to meet some of the fundraisers who support my research and I hope they appreciate a little of what our group is trying to achieve".

The Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award-funded project forms part of a proof-of-concept study to discover compounds which interact specifically with a region of DNA which has been linked to the development of diabetes. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent, who support scientists and researchers. Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with, and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. They provide information, help, and peer support, so people with diabetes can manage their condition effectively, and are one of the largest funders of diabetes research in the UK.

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