The Manchester Diabetes Centre was the first centre in the UK (established in 1988) to provide high quality care and education for people with diabetes. It has since developed international recognition for Diabetes research.

Our team consists of research-active clinicians and podiatrists, research nurses, a clinical trials coordinator and clinical trials assistant who work together to facilitate set up and delivery of research.

Research themes

We currently have a wide range of NIHR portfolio adopted commercial and non-commercial studies covering research across a variety of diabetic complications including;

  • diabetic foot complications
  • diabetic neuropathy
  • diet and lifestyle
  • insulin pumps
  • genetic blood testing
  • Type 1
  • Type 2

as well as leading on clinical trials investigating new treatments with the overall aim of improving care for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As part of our continuing growth in research, we are making important links with other research active departments, such as the maternity research team for gestational diabetes studies, cardiovascular trials unit for studies looking into comorbidities and the eye research team for studies looking at diabetic retinopathy, as well as GP practices for diabetic patients in the community. The Manchester Diabetes Centre has successfully recruited to time and target in over 95% of our studies. We have achieved several milestones in our commercial trials including first global recruit, first site to set up and top UK recruiter.

Watch a video by Clinical Trials Coordinator of the Year, Stephanie Yau, who talks about how getting involved in Help Beat Diabetes improved our research recruitment.


Find out why taking part in research is important to our patients.

Alan was diagnosed with diabetes aged 22 and at first he didn’t understand the importance of managing the condition. He now takes part in diabetes support groups across Manchester and signed up to Help Beat Diabetes campaign at the Manchester Diabetes Centre. Read Alan’s story here