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Hospital signs first UK patient for diabetes study

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 19, 2013

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Researchers at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust have signed up the first UK patient to take part in a world-wide trial of a new medication that could help with the control of diabetes.

Experts based at the Cornwall Diabetes Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are leading the GRAND-306 Study in Cornwall which at the effects of a new drug on the control of Type 2 diabetes.

Helen Chenoweth, specialist diabetes research nurse, said they were asked to find five people to take part, and had already found three.

"The study is looking for a very specific patient group," she said.

"Across the world it will be following around 5,000 patients in 700 different centres.

"We're delighted we've recruited the first patient in the UK and have already consented three of the five participants we require," she said.

"Research studies rely on us being able to get them set up quickly and getting patients engaged, as clearly if there are benefits to be had from new treatments, like the pharmaceutical companies, we want to see patients get access to them as soon as possible."

The team at the Diabetes Centre say their success in getting the research study running so quickly in Cornwall is due to the excellent response from local patients in participating in another study, called DARE (Diabetes Alliance for Research in England).

This looks at a number of factors around diabetes, including family history and most importantly is designed to allow researchers to contact individuals on the study to invite them to take part in others.

Terri Chant, another of the centre's specialist research nurses, said: "It means we can be proactive in our recruitment to other trials. The GRAND-360 Study will be following patients for approximately six years, monitoring their progress over that time and in particular looking at their cardio-vascular health.

It will include people whose blood sugar levels are not optimally controlled and who have already had a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems, or are at risk of these illnesses.

Due to the initial success in recruitment at RCHT it is likely the team will be allowed to recruit more patients to this and other studies.

"We are contacting patients from the DARE study if they are suitable for the study as we are only looking for a small number of participants and the requirements are quite precise," said Mrs Chenoweth.

Anyone interested in taking part in the study can contact the specialist research nurses at the Diabetes Centre on 01872 254655.

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