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Welcome to the first edition of Diabetes Research Unit Cymru's Newsletter. In this issue you'll find more information about our latest research, engagement activities, awards and upcoming events.
Diabetes Research Unit Cymru (DRU Cymru) supports a wide variety of research projects currently underway across Wales covering diabetes prevention and care. We involve members of the public in all aspects of our work to ensure that our research reflects the issues faced by those living with diabetes.
The Diabetes Research Unit Cymru is funded through Health and Care Research Wales by the Welsh Government.
Diabetes and Exercise - Yes You Can! event


Diabetes and Exercise

The joint Diabetes Research Unit Cymru and Diabetes UK Cymru conference 'Diabetes and Exercise: Yes You Can!’ event was held on Saturday, 23rd June 2018. The free event delivered practical advice, information and inspirational talks around physical activity and diet for people living with diabetes.
To view presentations and photos from the event http://www.diabeteswales.org.uk/en/events-archive.htm?id=39

DRU Cymru in collaboration with Diabetes UK Cymru arranged for the Diabetes and Exercise event to be held over the same weekend as the JCP Swansea half marathon. Many people who attended the Exercise event on the Saturday also took part in the record attempt the next day.
Diabetes UK team of runners with Type 1 diabetes broke a world record at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon.
Martin Berkeley and Dr Sam Rice at the JCP half marathon
A total of 69 runners with Type 1 diabetes completed the race on Sunday 24 June, breaking the record for the number of people with Type 1 diabetes to run a half marathon together.

DRU Cymru Public Reference Panel member Martin Berkeley was part of the team and Dr Sam Rice who is the DRU Cymru theme lead for Self-management of diabetes and a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli took part and was a ‘hypo kit’ carrier.

Martin commented ‘I started running after I was diagnosed 3 years ago as exercise is an important part of management of T1D. Through Parkrun I gradually built up my endurance and so when the chance to run the Swansea 1/2 Marathon as part of a world record attempt for the most T1Ds to run a 1/2 marathon I jumped at the chance! The challenge of distance running is complicated by having to manage Blood Glucose & Insulin while running - fortunately, technology helps a great deal and all the T1D runners contributed data to the EXTOD 101 study. During my training programme, I worked out a plan for testing and fuelling, the complicating factor on the day being the extreme heat! 69 T1D completed the Swansea 1/2 marathon - setting a new world record and contributing valuable data to EXTOD101! The day was great fun and there was a terrific team atmosphere and support provided by Diabetes UK Cymru and 1bloodydrop.com  Perhaps rashly, I have agreed to take part in an even bigger record attempt next year - the aim being to get over 200 T1Ds running the Swansea 1/2 Marathon in 2019 - will you join us?'

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Professor David Owens won the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018
Dr Jane Lewis, Prof David Owens and Dr Rebecca Thomas with the RCP award

Professor David Owens has won the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018 for outstanding clinical activity that contributed to excellence in patient care overseas. Professor Owens, lead for DRU Cymru's Retinopathy work package, received the award for supporting the establishment of diabetes care services in Mauritius, Trinidad and Peru. This included forming diabetic retinopathy screening programmes and foot care services as well as initiating training for retinal screeners and new specialist nurses.

The winners of the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018 were revealed at a dedicated ceremony held in the RCP's Dorchester Library on Tuesday 29 May.The awards were launched in 2015 to promote and reward the impressive work that physicians are doing around the world to improve patient care, through education, innovation, research and clinical practice.

Sarah Gibbs receiving the award
DRU Cymru Public Reference Panel member wins Diabetes UK Inspire Award

We are delighted that one of our Public Reference Panel members Sarah Gibbs was awarded the Diabetes UK Cymru Inspire award for supporting others.
Read Sarah's story
Moira Morgan presenting her poster
NHS R&D Forum
The NHS R&D Forum is the professional network for those managing, supporting and leading NHS, health and care research. This years NHS Forum Annual conference was held on 13-15 May in the Celtic Manor, Newport.

DRU Cymru was represented by Moira Morgan and Sarah Dowrick. Moira’s abstract was selected for poster presentation at the Conference. The poster ‘DRU Cymru Public Reference Panel’ discussed why the panel was established and how it has grown. View poster 

Upcoming Events 

Professional Events
22 October 2018
Wales Obesity Research Meeting
ILS-1 Seminar room, Swansea University
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25 October 2018
Health and Care Research Wales Annual Conference
SWALEC Stadium Cardiff

Find out more
16 November 2018
Brecon Group Annual Professional meeting
Treforest
Save The Date!
Public Events
14 October 2018
JDRF One Walk 
SSE Swalec, Cardiff
We'll be hosting a stand at the JDRF One Walk. Come say hello!
Find out more

 
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