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Diabetes researchers in plea for new volunteers

VOLUNTEERS from Solihull are being eagerly sought by scientists from the University of Birmingham’s medical school to participate in a major study examining the underlying causes of obesity and diabetes.

VOLUNTEERS from Solihull are being eagerly sought by scientists from the University of Birmingham’s medical school to participate in a major study examining the underlying causes of obesity and diabetes.

The project will look at the role played by naturally occuring enzymes in the liver in raising the risk of developing obesity or Type 2 diabetes.

Birmingham University is one of the country’s leading obesity and diabetes research centres with particular expertise in the biology behind obesity and exercise.

The project is already underway but medics are looking for people with Type 2 diabetes who control their condition with diet or are newly diagnosed or recruits of a normal healthy weight to come forward.

Dr Adeeba Ahmed, who is leading the study, said: “We know there is a well established link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes and we are particularly interested in an enzyme called 11bHSD.”

“This enzyme is present in liver and fat and can generate a hormone called cortisol which is strongly associated with the development of obesity and diabetes.”

Anyone keen to take part in the scheme must be willing to undertake visits to laboratories and stay overnight at a research facility as well as undergoing scans and blood tests.

For further details about the project contact Adeeba Ahmed by telephoning 0121 414 2764 or by emailing him at a.ahmed.1@bham.ac.uk

For more information in diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/

 

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