Scottish diabetes collaboration unveiled

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 28 March 2008



(2008), "Scottish diabetes collaboration unveiled", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 38 No. 2.



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Scottish diabetes collaboration unveiled

Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition

Diabetes research in Scotland is to receive a significant boost with the launch of a pioneering collaboration between the NHS, academia and a major multi-national organisation in Inverness.

Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Type 1 diabetes is caused when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Type two, which is more common, occurs when the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin and the body does not respond to insulin properly.

The unique partnership, brokered by economic agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise, brings together NHS Highland, UHI Millennium Institute and LifeScan Scotland Ltd. All three partners will work together in the new Highland Diabetes Institute, which forms Phase III of the purpose-built Centre for Health Science in Inverness. The Institute is due for completion next year and will include common working areas to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience.

The ambitious scheme to build the institute is part of a wider project to develop the health science sector in the Highlands. Inverness is receiving significant investment from public and private sectors to establish the city as a major player in diabetes research and development. The move will further strengthen Scotland's growing reputation as an international leader in this field. The joint-working agreement aims to deliver a range of outcomes across the three sectors including:

  • improved clinical outcomes;

  • improved academic understanding of diabetes;

  • new product development.

The Highland Diabetes Institute will be completed in autumn 2008.

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