Kotryna Temcinaite, 23rd February 2017

Kotryna Temcinaite, 23rd February 2017

Due to other commitments Senior Research Officer Kamini Shah from Diabetes UK was unable to attend the meeting but her colleague Research Communications Officer Kotryna Temcinaite (on the right in photo) travelled to Cromer instead.     

Group members braved the stormy weather to listen to Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, who after experiencing several train delays from London, made it to the meeting later than expected.

Kotryna started her presentation with the fact that in 2016 Diabetes UK committed £5.5 million to be spent on diabetes research covering 35 new projects. She confirmed that a large survey was carried out by people with Type 2 diabetes who were asked what their priorities were for future research projects and they received 7000 replies. From this survey they will be filtering the responses down to the top 10 priorities. These 10 priorities will guide future research funding.

She went on to explain about other ongoing studies and confirmed that scientists funded by Diabetes UK have discovered a mystery molecule which is being attacked by the immune system in Type 1 diabetes. Before this discovery identities of four out of five molecules were known.

Work is being carried out to try to understand why weight loss surgery puts Type 2 diabetes into remission, apparently it’s all about one gut hormone. Scientists don’t know why yet, but after a weight loss surgery the body makes more of this hormone and it brings the positive effect.

The largest study funded by Diabetes UK worth £2.5 million is about a low calorie diet as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. The diet of 800 calories a day is not a quick fix, but can put Type 2 diabetes into remission. Scientists are trying to understand its long term effects and whether it could be delivered through a routine GP care.

Charcot Foot is another serious complication of diabetes and presently there is no cure. The condition is caused by having brittle bones and that the bone breaking and bone making process is not in balance in the body. This means that bones take incredibly long time to heal. The research is looking into new bio-ceramic materials to combat the condition.

Finally she confirmed that a research breakthrough shows that the artificial pancreas is safe to use in pregnant women as it helps keep glucose levels under control.

Members thanked Kotryna for her very interesting presentation which she admitted was the first she had done.