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Shaping research into type-2 diabetes and reproduction

We are looking for input from people affected by pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes to help us shape the way we communicate and plan our research studies.

  • Friday 3rd May 2019 10:00 (2 weeks, 2 days)
  • Questionnaire
  • Influence


We are a research team, based at Imperial College London, looking at how hormones affect insulin secretion and reproduction. We would like VOICE members with personal interest or experience in this field to help shape the lay summary and proposed plans for an upcoming research study. We hope your input will make the studies more relevant and acceptable to the volunteers who will participate in the research.

Volunteer Criteria

For this opportunity, we are ideally looking for people who either:

1. Match the same volunteer criteria as those we hope to recruit to our study:

  • Age: 18-60yrs (this is the age range we have Ethics approval to recruit)
  • Health status: Diagnosed with obesity (BMI >25), pre-diabetes, type-2 diabetes, and/or gestational diabetes (i.e. diabetes during pregnancy alone) 


2. Have personal experience (e.g. as a carer or family member) of someone who fits the above criteria.

However, we will not actively prevent participation in this opportunity from anyone not meeting this criteria.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire that we hope will capture your thoughts both on the way we plan to communicate our study, and what participants will be asked to do.

There will also be an opportunity to show your interest in attending a small focus group session (to be held in London later this month) where you could provide more detailed feedback on our plans.

When and where?

The online questionnaire will be open from 10am on 3rd May 2019 until 6pm 19th May 2019.

After this date, those who showed interest in attending a focus group in London will be contacted separately to inform them whether they have been selected to take part in the focus group and to check availability. We are aiming to run this focus group towards the end of May.

Will I get anything for taking part?

By putting part of this opportunity online, we hope to enable a wider and more diverse range of people to put forward their perspectives on the way we run our research. Those keen to continue their involvement may then be able to take part in a focus group or become part of a more long-term steering group.

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  • Ian Armstrong
    3rd May 2019

    To All concerned. I have been T1 nearly ALL my life. From the age of 3 when England won a big football game ! Please join in. Yes thanks to NHS it was 1966 !