The fight against diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges of modern times.

At Queen’s we are tackling that challenge head on, establishing a reputation as leaders in the field of research into this destructive disease and how to deal with it.

Diabetes is progressive. It is incurable. It can lead to major complications – kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes, eye disease - but at our new Institute of Health Sciences we are assembling a team of gifted international academics whose work will help to change its course.

Professor Timothy Lyons from the University of Oklahoma is a recent influential appointment. A Queen’s graduate, he has spent years in the front line of the war on diabetes, advancing education, research and clinical care.

Professor Lyons will be leading a new programme at our innovative Centre for Experimental medicine, due to open in 2013.  He joins key figures such as Professor Alan Stitt, whose focus is on diabetic retinopathy, and Professor Peter Maxwell, who has led a successful study to find the genes that connect diabetes to kidney disease. This research links to our Centre for Public Health where Professor Ian Young and his team work on intervention and awareness. The battle against diabetes is one in which we can all play our part.

“We need to raise greater public
awareness of diabetes and its
complications.  Too many people
do not realise the seriousness of
the disease and how it transforms
your life

Danny Dodds Diabetes patient