Academic Unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism

Professor Richard Ross heads the Unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, located in the Medical School and directly connected to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Our suite of rooms and laboratories have excellent facilities for a wide range of biochemical, cell culture and molecular biological techniques, including filamentous phage display, heterologous gene expression, cDNA cloning, DNA amplification and sequencing, micro-array technology, real-time and flow cytometry, as well as access to the Clinical Research Facility, providing a vibrant atmosphere for research and teaching.

Professors Richard Ross and John Newell-Price lead clinical and laboratory groups working on pituitary hormones. Drs Phil Watson and Helen Kemp are investigating the pathogenesis of autoimmune endocrine disease, with particular emphasis on thyroid autoimmunity.

Our diabetes research is led by Professor Simon Heller and has three branches: hypoglycaemia, in particular its effects on the cardiovascular system; educating patients on self management (for example, DAFNE project); and the effect of diabetes on the central nervous system.