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A United Nations initiative -- International

Day of Women and Girls in Science --

took place on 11 February to promote

and encourage the participation of

women and girls in science. Diabetes

UK, the charitable funder dedicated to

diabetes research in the UK, is dedicated

to supporting the leaders of diabetes

research. Currently 54 women scientists

funded by the charity are working to

change the lives of people with diabetes.

Ground-breaking research funded by the

charity for more than 80 years has been

instrumental in improving diabetes care

and moving us closer to a cure.

Professor Helen Murphy, Researcher

at the University of East Anglia,

demonstrates how Diabetes UK's

research strategy is changing people's

lives. In 2016, she led a Diabetes UKfunded

clinical trial that showed that

pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes

could successfully use an artificial

pancreas to manage their condition

throughout their pregnancy and childbirth.

Also funded by Diabetes UK, Professor

Melissa Westwood, Researcher at the

University of Manchester, is finding out

why women with diabetes can experience

problems with fertility, in order to find ways

to prevent such problems in the future.

She says, "Diabetes UK have been a

tremendous support to my research,

and I'm hopeful that our work will help to

improve the lives of women with diabetes

in the future."

Meanwhile, Dr Victoria Salem, Clinical

Researcher at Imperial College London, is

currently funded by Diabetes UK to find

out whether hormones found in our gut

could be used as a therapy to put Type

2 diabetes into remission in the future.

"I feel hugely privileged," she says, "I've

got a responsibility to produce research

that's really going to make a difference

to people with diabetes. We know that

bariatric surgery can put Type 2 diabetes

into remission, and I want to understand

whether gut hormones could be used as

a therapy to produce the same effect in

the future."

Diabetes UK's Research

Communications Manager Dr Emily Burns

adds, "All of our fantastic researchers play

a vital role in helping us to know diabetes,

and fight diabetes. This International

Day of Women and Girls in Science

we recognise the achievements of our

amazing female researchers, who have

had a huge impact on the treatment of

diabetes. They will continue to be leaders

in the world of diabetes research and care.

There are of course many more people

doing incredible work and we would like

to take this opportunity to thank them for

everything they do."


Doctor Victoria Salem,

Imperial College London.




The European Commission has granted

marketing authorization in Europe for

Sanofi's Suliqua, a once-daily injection

for the treatment of adults with Type 2

diabetes. Suliqua is authorized for use in

combination with metformin to improve

glycemic control when this has not been

provided by metformin alone or metformin

combined with another oral glucose

lowering medicinal product or with basal

insulin. Suliqua will be delivered in prefilled SoloSTAR

pens. These will provide

different dosing options that should

answer individual market and patient

insulin needs. The differentiation between

the pen strengths is based on the dose

range and ratios of each pen.


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